Avoid entering links of dubious origin; do not download suspicious applications, among other recommendations
Hacking an iPhone is not very common, but it can happen if you are not careful. From malware hidden in apps downloaded from the App Store to targeted attacks, private information stored on an iPhone can be stolen in myriad ways.
In this note, we will teach the most common types of hacking to know how to prevent them and how to know if an iPhone has been hacked.
Avoid entering links of dubious origin
Just like on a computer, an iPhone can be hacked if you click on a questionable link. If you see that a website looks strange, it is better to check logos, spelling or URL.
You should also avoid connecting to a Wi-Fi network that does not have a password, as any hacker can direct the user to a fraudulent site to access the login credentials.
As for messages from unknown phone numbers, do not click on any link that is received.
Fortunately, modern smartphones are good at resisting this type of malware and ransomware, which reduces the risk of an iPhone being hacked, but anything can happen.
Do not download suspicious applications
Apple devices have a much more closed ecosystem than Android, something that offers greater protection against any attack, but this is not infallible. Beware of applications that request more information than they will need to function.
For example, if you have downloaded a wallpaper or flashlight app and it asks for things like:
- The ubication
- The contact list
- The camera
- Or the microphone
You have to start to suspect. It is likely that the developers are tricking the user into offering information so that it can be sold.
Use a strong password
If you back up your phone to iCloud, make sure you have a strong password. If someone gets the password, you don't even need to hack the phone because you can download a backup from the cloud.
Turning on 2-factor authentication is a good way to stay secure and thus prevent your iCloud account from being hacked as it takes another extra step to access it.
Never jailbreak your iPhone
If you're not clear on what jailbreak is, a quick explanation: Through a technical process, software restrictions imposed on iOS are removed to open the door to things that aren't possible on iPhone.
Although it may sound appealing, this opens the door to potential vulnerabilities in the software because some of Apple's existing security measures have been removed.
Keep iPhone up to date
It is essential to have an updated iPhone, since security patches are always coming to reinforce any critical point.
Of course, in addition to including security fixes, there are also new features that improve the experience completely.
How to know if an iPhone has been hacked
You can't always tell if an iPhone has been hacked. Of course, a few things can be noted:
- iPhone is unusually hot or turns off frequently.
- iPhone takes a long time to load websites.
- The battery goes down very fast even when the iPhone is not being touched.
These symptoms indicate that the phone is working all the time, even when it is not being used. Sometimes the best indicators come from the outside, like when friends or family mention that you're sending them weird messages. However, the most sophisticated hacks can be invisible.