Mobile hacking has emerged as the most common type of cybercrime being committed all across the world. Mobile hacking is the unethical and illegal practice of manipulating or gaining unauthorized access to mobile phones such as intercepting phone calls, accessing voicemail and data messages, accessing phone banking and net banking IDs and passwords as well as any other data stored in the mobile device.
A mobile hacker is a person who trespasses a mobile device. Hackers are of different types ranging from code hackers to crackers to cyber punks to freaks. While some hackers just enjoy cracking mobile devices and gaining access to them as an ordinary pastime with no intent to commit any further crime, there are others who indulge in hacking on behalf of clients for monetary gains.
A hacker can use any hole in your smartphone to attack you and install a spyware on it. Once he gets inside a smartphone, he can change and create emails, texts, SMSs, videos, photos, notes and credit and debit card information.
A hacker can try to get malicious software into your smartphone’s system through many ways; e.g. android apps that seek various kinds of permission including GPS access; unofficial apps, especially if they look like free copies of popular premium apps; Bluetooth, emailing/texting a malicious link, offering a free wireless hot spot, phone-charging kiosk in public spaces like airports, restaurants or parks can be converted into a hacking device by putting a system inside it; sending texts with odd and strange characters.
Mobile security experts suggest following ways to protect your Android devides from getting hacked – Lock your screen with a Pin or password, install ‘App Lock’ to protect individual apps, don’t store sensitive information like phone banking or net banking details on a removable SD card as it is easier for attackers to access data from SD card. Experts advise to store such datas in internal memory with strong password.