The advent of technology and its rapid-paced evolution over the past few years has been something to marvel at. But while new ecology and associated tools have produced a world of convenience and facility in our lives, they have also opened up the door to something extremely sinister: cybercrime. Online crime and breaches continue to increase day by day, and they are no longer simply limited to computers and PCs anymore- cybercrime has expanded to smartphones as well.
That is right- your mobile phone is no longer the safe haven you have always believed it to be for all of your photos, messages, and social media content. With over 24,000 malicious mobile applications being blocked daily and over 60% of all online fraud coming from mobile devices and related sources, it is no surprise that the success rate of cyber attackers continues to increase. Most of us fail to realize just how vulnerable our mobile phones are to these hackers and fall victim to their vicious activities with ease.
If you are one of the many people who have fallen to these hacking attempts on the smartphone, you may wonder how you can recover from it. While there are many solutions and software that helps affected PCs recover from cybercrime, we have compiled a brief guide on how to recover from mobile-based cybercrime:
RECOVERING FROM MOBILE BASED CYBERCRIME
- First of all, you need to figure out where the problem started from. What was the inciting source that resulted in your phone being hacked? Was it a link you clicked on after you received it in a message from an unknown sender? Was it a file you downloaded from a spam email? Or was it an application you installed from the App Store?
- As soon as you suspect that you have been hacked, access your important accounts using another device and change all of your passwords.
- Report any suspicious login attempts on any of your social media and communication accounts.
- Search for and download a mobile data recovery software to try and recover something if all of it has been deleted or corrupted.
- Ideally, you should already have had an antivirus program such as norton.com/setup on your smartphone. www.norton.com/setup Mobile Security allows you to set up a Ransomware Recovery setting which helps you remove ransomware attacks from your device without compromising your data.
- norton.com/setup also gives you access to a backup drive that you can use to retrieve your deleted or corrupted data.