Jul 21, 2011

How can I tell if my Android phone has been hacked?


A recent study shows that 8% of Android apps leak data surreptitiously.


How can I tell if my Android phone has been hacked? Is there anything I can do to protect my phone?


Hi jdixon,

Here's an article provides helpful security tips for Android phones. It might help you avoid being hacked altogether.

Android Security: Six Tips to Protect Your Google Phone

"Android has also never before represented such a significant target for hackers and other baddies looking to profit off of the platform's popularity. In other words, now is the time to get smart about Google Android security. The following six tips and tricks will help do just that."

One way to tell is by observing your phone's behavior both objectively (check your data plan usage from your cellular provider and compare it to previous months) and subjectively (does it seem slow? does it seem to be running a background task?). Another way is to run a program called Root Checker to see if Root access has been enabled on your phone. You may also wish to check with your ISP to find hints for dealing with your specific model. It may be possible to perform a reset on your phone to clear out any malware you've unknowingly installed.

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