3 Horrifying Ways Hackers Can Use Your Smartphone

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Yes, phones are getting smarter with each new device that’s released. With phones, hackers too are getting smarter to grab all the confidential information from your very own smartphone. Here are 5 sinister hacks that can make your smartphone into your worst enemy.

  1. Your credit card can easily be stolen via your smartphone

Did you hear about PayWave, ExpressPay, Zip or PayPass? These are some “contactless’ cards. If you own any of these then you should be extra careful. These types of cards are fitted with Radio Frequency Identification Chip. This is done to ease your purchases. It may help you in easy transactions, but it is way easier to steal your money by the hackers.

There are smartphones that are equipped with Near Field Communications. This means that the data can be read and transmitted easily.

Hackers can easily access and scan your phone with the help of the right malware. Your credit card can be cloned without leaving your pocket!

Is there a way out?

Yes, there is a way out. There are varieties of RFID blocking security wallets available. This will keep you out from the digital pickpockets.

 

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  1. They can invade your home

You have heard it right. Smartphones have become extremely common in the real estate market. Smart home technology is also known as “The Internet of Things”. Household items such as lightning, electricity and security appliances can be controlled with the help of phones.

What many people fail to understand is that your smartphones are vulnerable to attacks. Hackers can easily access your home address and unlock your front door anytime.

Is there a way out?

Yes, here is a security tip. You should use devices with 128-bit encryption or higher making them absolutely private and out of reach of the hackers. All your connected devices should be password protected.

  1. The Juice Jackers

Sounds weird, but juice jacking happens when your phone is running low on battery. You must have come across free charging stations. These stations are popping up almost everywhere especially in airports and shopping malls.

These are not lifesaver you think they are. There is a high possibility that they are Trojan horses for malware.

The moment you plug in your phone, you are giving open access to the hackers. They may infect your device anytime.

Is there a way out?

The best way is to avoid using the public charging stations. You may invest in a portable charger or a power bank so that the moment your phone runs out of juice, you won’t get hacked!

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