Although you might not want to think about it, Malware is lurking around every corner. You can easily download it from third-party app stores, but Malware has even been known to sneak into reputable places like the Google Play Store. Malware can invade your privacy, drain your battery and eat up your CPU power.

Malware puts a significant strain on your cell phone, which could wind up in a shop for phone repair if you leave it on your device for long enough. Even worse, Malware might be on your cellphone as you read this, and you might be completely oblivious to this fact.

As technology advances, so does Malware. The latest Malware is more sophisticated and might be harder to find. It might also be better at wearing down your phone until the point that it breaks or your data charges blow through the roof.

How Can I Tell if I Have Malware on my Phone?

A computer virus can be pretty obvious. Spam, pop-ups and frequent computer crashes are in-your-face indicators.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit harder to put your finger on the latest Malware on your cell phone.

However, even the newest Malware has some sure-fire signs that will signal its existence. Look for the following signs of Malware on your phone:

  • Is your phone running more slowly? If you have an old phone, this might be due to hardware issues or software glitches. However, if you’ve noticed that your phone has quickly slowed down out of seemingly nowhere, it might be infected.
  • Is your battery draining quickly? Again, this might be an issue with your phone’s hardware, or it could be due to nefarious processes running behind the scenes as you use your phone.
  • Another indication that there are background processes running while you are unaware is out of control data usage. Malware might be trying to get online so that it can send data from your phone to a master server.
  • Premium texts that you are charged for that you didn’t make almost always signal that there is Malware hidden on your cell phone, which might cause the need for phone repair.

What if there is Malware on My Phone? How Do I Get Rid of It?

  1. Launch your phone in Safe Mode. Refer to your phone’s manual to figure out how to do this. Often you’ll just need to press down on the power button for a little while.
  2. Safe Mode will turn off all non-stock apps that didn’t come shipped with your phone.
  3. If your device works more efficiently in Safe Mode, Malware in the form of a third-party app is likely the cause of your phone’s lag in performance.
  4. Head to Settings > Apps. You can try removing the last app you installed, anything you don’t remember downloading, or any app that arises suspicion.
  5. If you find you can’t remove a particular app, it might be because the infected app has given itself admin status.
  6. Head to security settings and turn off admin rights for this app.
  7. If you find yourself unable to remove any infected applications from your phone, you should perform a factory reset. You can do this by heading to Settings to wipe all of the data from your phone.

How Can I Protect My Phone Against the Latest Malware to Avoid Phone Repair?

  • Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). You can download these apps for a small charge, often for as much as a few cups of coffee a month. VPNs significantly improve your privacy and guard your phone against MITM (man in the middle) attacks. Be wary of free VPN apps – nothing is really for free. At best, these apps will slow down your phone or run out of bandwidth quickly. At worst, VPN apps that claim to protect your privacy might actually harvest your information and sell it to advertisers.
  • Keep your phone constantly updated. Hackers can find holes in old operating system versions in phones. Updates address bugs and potential viruses and improve the performance of your phone overall. It’s always a good idea to keep your phone updated to the current version.
  • Use encryption. Encryption makes your data unreadable to anyone that may have your phone in their hands. To access your data, an attacker would have to somehow know your passcode or PIN number.
  • Use a strong passcode or PIN number. Speaking of passwords, have a strong PIN number (at least 8 digits), or even better, an alphanumeric passcode. This will slow down criminals trying to brute-force your phone with well-known passwords and PINs.
  • Download apps from trusted sources only. Downloading apps from Google Play, the Apple Store, or Amazon will lower your chances of inadvertently downloading Malware onto your phone.

With these tips, you can vastly improve the security of your phone and fight off the dangers of Malware. We hope you have found this article useful and use these suggestions to decrease the chances of ending up in the phone repair shop.