We have more technology in our pocket now than ever before. Smartphones and tablets are essentially supercomputers that put all the science fiction technology of the original Star Trek series to shame. But this technology does not come without risks. Too often, we forget that our smartphones or tablets are just as likely to become infected with malware as a computer. In fact, there’s a good chance your phone is already infected! Here are a few telltale signs you might have missed:
1. Your device runs slower than before. Most people will wave off a decrease in performance as their device getting “too old.” And to be fair, some companies, like Apple, have been known to release software updates that run slower on older devices. But if your smartphone or tablet is running slower these days, and you haven’t recently upgraded your software, background malware may be to blame.
2. The battery drains faster. Here’s another red flag a lot of us may chalk up to just another sign of old age. Over time, device batteries may not last as long as they used to, but if your battery abruptly starts to drain faster, don’t be surprised if malware is the cause. A background malware program constantly monitoring your activity and sending it to third-parties can suck away more battery life than hours of streaming music or video.
3. Your device is hotter than before. You know how your phone heats up when you run it at high power for extended periods of time — like when listening to music or watching video? Constantly running malware programs can create the same hot-to-the-touch result.
4. Emails sent from your device get blocked by spam filters. If you constantly have to tell people to check their spam folders for emails sent from your smartphone or tablet, it might be a sign something has changed your email configuration. Malware may be causing your emails to be sent through a nefarious server and allowing your messages to be read by someone else.
If you suspect your device is infected with malware, take action. Run mobile anti-malware software from a few different vendors and remove any unfamiliar apps. If the situation is serious, you can reset your device to factory settings or take it to a professional. It might be a bit of a pain, but it’s a better alternative than losing your data to malware and hackers.
Thanks for reading!
Randy Sklar, CEO
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