How To Check If Your iPhone Is Tapped Or Hacked
15 Nov

How To Check If Your iPhone Is Tapped Or Hacked

Mahipal Nehra

Nowadays, the iPhone has become not just a beautiful accessory for negotiations. Many people store personal information on it and talk about their secrets and other important things. But what if someone can find out about them remotely from the smartphone's owner? This article will tell you how to find out if your iPhone is being tapped or hacked.

How To Know That Your iPhone Is Being Tapped

There are several ways to find out if someone might be listening in on your conversations.

Using special codes

The easiest way is to use special codes with which you can find out information about your phone security. Codes to Check If Your Phone Is Tapped

Noise from technology

One of the most obvious signs of wiretapping is the noise of the phone next to electronic equipment when it is not in use. However, this is completely normal if such noise occurs while you are using the phone.

Rapid consumption and heating of the battery

If your device is tapped, the battery will most likely overheat and run out very quickly, even if it lies in your pocket or on the table. This may be because the microphone or even the phone's camera is constantly working. However, checking the battery is not the most reliable way to find out if your phone is hacked.

Phone screen

You can find out whether someone is listening to you on the phone, for example, the screen does not go out for too long when you turn off the phone. Or the phone turns off much longer than usual. This is because the phone has wiretapping software installed, and it simply does not let the phone turn off.

Strange sounds during a call

If the user hears a strange crackle, noise, echo, and other strange sounds that were not there before, this may indicate that a wiretap has been put on the phone.

How To Check If Your iPhone Has Been Hacked?

In the latest update of the Apple operating system, some system vulnerabilities against hacker attacks have been fixed. However, check how to find out if your iPhone has been hacked.

iPhone Is Tapped Or Hacked

Check certificates and set passwords

Follow these steps:

  • Go to "Settings", select "General" and click on "Profile" and "Device Management". Thus, you will see all configuration profiles, including those that have the authorization to manage the device.
  • Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Information" and click "Certificates of Participation". You will be shown information related to the certificates installed on your phone and the applications that manage them. 

Check the battery

An important signal regarding the operations performed by your iPhone can be battery consumption: as we have already said the possible use of your mobile phone by a hacker may be to use it as a "base" to perform other operations. But there are several reasons why your iPhone might be overheating.

In the latest versions of iOS, it's very easy to check battery status and usage. Just go to "Settings" and find the "Battery" item. From this tab, you can check if your iPhone works a lot even when you're not using it (a clear sign of abnormal behavior) and check if apps are running in the background without your knowledge.

Check the performance

Another important indicator of your iPhone's overall health is RAM and CPU usage for reasons similar to battery abuse. Apple did not feel that it should provide direct control over these elements in iOS. And while there are plenty of free apps that can help us, perhaps in this case, intuition can be much more useful than the number of tables and data that is difficult for the average user to interpret.

So ask yourself: has your iPhone suddenly slowed down and/or overheated for no reason? If yes, and perhaps this situation arose due to special circumstances (a new application installed, accidentally clicking on a slightly strange link, etc.), then this may mean that the performance drop is due to malware.

However, check also the Usage time section in Settings. Tap All devices to view the most used apps in the last 7 days. If there are any strange names, remove those apps from your iPhone immediately.

Check call log

We have already said that one type of hacking that goes back quite a bit is hacking the device's phone function. The middle path between the old and the new fraud is software installation (or the intervention of other control methods). These programs push the iPhone to dial toll numbers to make the hacker indirectly benefit.

In more serious cases, your iPhone can be used even to commit a crime. For example, hackers can attack via your phone other users to redirect calls to the same paid numbers (usually foreign ones).

Such attacks can be easily detected by monitoring the call log. You can do this in the Phone app,  the same app you use to make a phone call. From there, you can check if there are outgoing calls that you didn't make.

Since this type of attack is very tricky and can only be detected when the SIM is drained, probably the best way to avoid falling into the trap is to never allow the app to access calls. This is especially important if the app is, for example, a virtual cookbook or another app that doesn't offer a reasonable reason to make such a request.

Check warnings

Now almost all applications on iOS automatically request notifications. But be careful what notifications you receive. For example, any strange and unexpected ones may be malware in the form of phishing. This applies primarily to those notifications that appear when visiting web pages.

Check cellular network

Hackers might use your phone and mobile network to receive calls. At the end of the month, you may find a negative balance on your phone, an excess of mobile traffic, and unwanted data consumption.

Often these are attacks that use internal iOS vulnerabilities (usually as a result of phishing) to subscribe. However, it is possible that your device also uses a seemingly harmless application to transfer data.

For this reason, checking cellular network traffic is always a good idea. This can be done by tapping the Mobile option in Settings. In this section, you can check which applications use it and in what quantity.

Posted by Mahipal Nehra | Posted at 15 Nov, 2022 Web