Even though they’re not quite as susceptible to viruses as computers, iPhones can still get infiltrated and soiled by various types of infestations.
Whether you’ve just browsed the murky waters of the World Wide Web and haven’t quite figured out what sites NOT to visit or you have been giving your phone to someone else who might have done so, there’s a good chance your phone has fallen victim to some sort of virus! (Especially if your phone’s started acting erratically all of a sudden and you can’t figure out what’s going on.)
In this here article, we’ll talk about iPhones and the maladies that can affect them. To be precise, we’ll talk about the most common symptoms of an iPhone infestation, as well as what steps you can take in order to fix the problem.
Without further ado, let’s see what’s happening here!
Signs of Your Device Having a Virus
To reiterate the point we made in the introduction, an iPhone is much more difficult to infest with nasty viruses than a personal computer or a laptop for that matter. In fact, standard computer viruses that replicate themselves six ways till Sunday until they consume all of your resources don’t really exist for iPhones!
Instead, iPhones can get infested with a completely different type of ‘bugs’, most of which revolve around the concept of stealing your information. Once they have your passwords, usernames, and other credentials, the criminals behind a spyware attack can either abuse the information by using your device from afar to somehow ramp up your phone bills or maybe demand a ransom in order to give you back the control over your information. Either way, it can get pretty annoying at best and downright horrible at worst!
If you suspect your iPhone’s been hijacked by some sort of a third party that’s up to no good, check for the following symptoms of a possible infestation:
1. App Crashes
One of the signs of a possible spyware attack would surely be the annoying occurrence of your apps crashing all the time. While these crashes are bound to happen from time to time anyway, if they keep happening on a pretty constant basis, you may be actually facing an infestation problem.
2. Adware Pop-ups
Talking about annoying. As if getting your phone infected by a foreign rogue app or what have you wasn’t bad enough, having to constantly close various spammy ad pop-ups can be properly infuriating! So, yeah, if you keep seeing these ads just popping up like mushrooms after the rain, there’s a good chance you’ve got some sort of infestation going on your iPhone!
3. High Phone Bills
Representing one of the more menacing aspects of getting your phone’s security compromised, having high phone bills on a constant basis is a sure sign of a spyware situation. (Unless you know you’ve caused the high bills yourself, of course.)
If someone’s managed to get a hold of your personal information, they can use your phone as their own and run up the bill. (For the record, as soon as you notice a weird spike in your phone bills, make sure to take some steps toward getting rid of the virus! The chances of it going away on its own are rather dim in these kinds of situations.)
4. Battery Draining Quickly
If you’ve opened 56 apps at the same time and been holding your Wi-Fi on all the time, it wouldn’t really be that much of a wonder if your battery went down quickly. However, if you’ve led a clean and pious life and treated your iPhone with the kindness it deserves, your battery resources going bananas may have another cause behind them!
Since spyware over-stimulates your processor by constantly opening up new apps and spamming ads into your face all the time, your battery can become overheated and start losing its stored power quickly.
5. Increased Data Usage
Similarly to what happens in the scenario from the point above where the processor is overworked, a phone that’s been infected with spyware will probably use more data than usual, thus putting even more pressure on the processor. Increased data usage typically manifests itself as a gradual loss of processing speed as well as frequent glitches.
All things considered, having your iPhone infected by some spyware can be a properly frustrating experience. The good thing is that, once you have recognized the fact that your phone’s been affected, you can take steps to fix the issue! Therefore, look out for the first symptoms we described above and keep it safe while on your iPhone!