While iPhone does claim to be one of the most secure digital devices out there. While that may be true, especially when we compare it with some of its competitors, the question still remains – is the iPhone really unhackable? Sorry to break it to you, but it’s not. In fact, it’s one of the most frequently targeted device types out there.
Hacking has become so advanced that hackers can do a lot of damage with very little information. Did you know that hackers can also find someone’s location by phone number? Not only that, but they can use specialized tools to spy on all your activities. Scary!
In this article, we’ll cover the three most common ways hackers can infect and abuse your device and we’ll also mention some security tips that will keep your iPhones protected from these pesky threats.
1. Using iPhone Spyware
Phone spyware are special tools that were developed to relay all phone activities to the malicious actor. They operate silently in the background, slowly collecting all data, recording all keystrokes, and tracking your location. The hackers have access to a dedicated control panel where they monitor everything that you do. Some more advanced spyware even has the power to let them remotely control stuff on your device, send messages, delete contacts, steal money, etc.
2. Cloning Your iPhone
Cloning is exactly what it sounds like – using special tools, hackers can make a virtual copy of your phone and track all your phone activities in real-time. They can achieve this goal either fully remotely, or by having short physical contact with your device, depending on their skill set and tools. Regardless, they can use the phone cloning method to extract a lot of personal information, contacts, and even payment details.
3. Fraudulent Apps
Phone tracker experts at CellTrackingApps.com also warn about fraudulent apps that are being posted online. Clever hackers have recognized that users often look for free cracked versions of premium software, so they decided to give the public what they want, but with a small twist. You see, they usually plant tiny traces of malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, or other exploits in this software. So, when you download a free version of some software, you’re probably getting a bit more than you bargained for, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
How to Protect Your iPhone
After all this scary talk, let us also say that protecting your devices from these dangerous exploits isn’t difficult nor impossible. All you have to do is implement a couple of security measures and your iPhones will be safe and sound. Here are some ways to do that:
- Use a password manager
- Use a VPN
- Install antivirus solutions
- Don’t install applications from unknown sources
- Backup all your data
- Regularly install software updates
- Enable Find My iPhone
- Enable two-factor authentication
- Use biometric security locks
- Revoke location tracking permissions
- Disable password autofill
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi when logging into your accounts