How To Know If Your Phone Has Been Hacked

These days, it seems like danger is lurking everywhere online. If you make a wrong move, you may wind up with a virus or malware installed on your computer. Unfortunately, the same applies for your smartphone, as they have become miniature computers themselves. While you probably already practice safe online habits, there is always the fear that you could be compromised without even knowing about it. If you are worried, then here are several ways to find out if you’ve been hacked. One best way is by downloading a mobile antivirus.

Battery Drains Quickly

This seems to be a symptom of most new phones these days, but you should be able to notice if it goes down faster than usual. To make sure that it’s a hacker, though, you want to look at what is draining the battery the most. If it shows apps that you hardly use, then it could be malware or other malicious software running the background.

 

Phone Gets Hot

Another symptom of being hacked is that your phone starts to get hotter. As with all electronics, the more that it is being used, the warmer it gets. Since phone’s don’t have built-in fans like a desktop computer, they can get quite hot when you’re using a lot of data. If this happens while the phone is resting in your pocket, it could be a sign that some apps are running without your knowledge.

 

Sending Spiked Texts or Emails

A surefire way to know that your phone is compromised is if you have records of “sending” text messages or emails to your contact list that contain viruses or unsafe links. If that does happen, it means that someone is using your phone for nefarious purposes.

 

New Apps are Installed

If you find out that your phone has more apps than it should, it means that a third-party is installing them without your knowledge.

 

If you notice any of these signs, then you have to take immediate action. One method is to download a Google Play antivirus app that can scan and clean your device. As far as Samsung antivirus software goes, no one is better than AVG. Best of all, it’s free to use. So, do your best to keep your phone protected and stay safe online.


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Did You Know? (9-28-07)

• The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)

• The vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note depicts a likeness of the front of the Lincoln Memorial as it appeared in 1922 when it was first dedicated. At that time, there were only 48 states that made up the United States of America. The names of 26 states were engraved on the front of the Memorial. This is why only the names of 26 states appear in the vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar note. In the upper frieze of the façade in the vignette the states are from left to right: Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, and North Dakota. In the lower frieze from left to right the names of the states are: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Carolina, Hampshire, Virginia and New York.

• On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

• The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

• On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

• If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

• There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.

• There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

• If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

• A common incorrect useless fact – On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag. Wrong its a Union Jack.


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C’mere, I Want To Show You Something

It’s my desktop!

I was tagged by Mike with a meme where I have to take a screencap of my desktop and display it for the world to see. Mike says that he is glad it’s his pc desktop he is showing off, and not his actual desktop. I couldn’t agree more. My “wood” desktop is full of crap and clutter, nothing like my pc desktop.

desktop photo

I used to have windowblinds installed which really made some awesome effects, but I took it off a while back. I may have to put it back on there for the next time this meme comes around. 🙂

[TAG STARTS HERE]

My Desktop Free View Instruction:A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.

You can do a screen capture by: [1] Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key). [2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V). [3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.

For MAC users: Press [ Apple] [ Ctrl ] [ Shift ] and [ 3 ]

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.

C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

D. Add your name to this list of Free Viewers with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.

List of those who have participated: Francine of La Place de Cherie Chez Francine Bloggishi Unchained Melody LadyJava’s Lounge Mariuca Revellian Dot Com|Desktop iRonnie Rebecca Jon Rolando Speedcat Brown Baron Ordinary Folk The West Virginia Blogger

add yours here after doing this tag.

[TAG ENDS HERE]

I will tag Jos, Christy, Kermit, Kathy, and Elena.

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