How To Prevent Your Smartphones From Being Hacked

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 9:07 am
By: News 9

It's hard to find anyone without a smartphone these days, and we use them to manage almost everything in life. Whether it's a typical phone call or online banking, experts now say protecting your smartphone can mean protecting your identity.

Two out of three Americans have a smartphone, and now those phones are prime targets for hackers.

Those hackers can now get into your phone and even get access to your camera and your microphone. So here's how you keep them out.

Don't click on questionable links and make sure you only download apps from a trusted app store. Also watch the app reviews.

A sign that your phone may be infected is if it's using a lot of battery power.

Also, this is something creepy -- be sure to check your text and call logs to make sure a hacker isn't using your number.

Lastly, there are a number of downloadable security apps that can detect malware on your phone.

"They can scan everything on your phone you know once a day or once a week or when something changes," said Dan Ackerman, Section Editor, CNET.

Experts say one popular and reliable security app is Lookout. It can scan your phone once a day or once a week for potential malware.