Is your phone unlocking itself?

Experts are warning that hackers can now unlock phones from a distance, using a terrifying new technique. “GhostTouch” attacks allow criminals to take control of your device from afar using electromagnetic signals to simulate taps on a touchscreen. This allows them to secretly access your personal data and even install malware. Libraries, cafes, and public lobbies are believed to be the main target areas for this form of attack, with users often oblivious to what’s going on. Attackers prepare the equipment under the table in advance and launch the attack remotely. Not only can hacked devices unlock by themselves, criminals can even answer calls on the user’s behalf. The following are the ways you can protect your phone from an attack: 

  1. 1. Ensure that passwords are secure and add advanced security measures to accounts, including facial recognition, PINs, and even fingerprints. 
  2. 2. Update your phone. Updates often include vital security boosts to manage device vulnerabilities. 
  3. 3. Installing anti-malware software like Malwarebytes won’t prevent an attack from happening, but it will prevent criminals from installing malware on a device if it’s accessed.