New report reveals which mobile phones are most at risk of hacking and it's bad news for iPhone users


With phone hacking on the rise, technology experts have investigated which brands are most likely to be targeted.

Following a recent hacking report from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), which put smartphones on the top of the list, technology experts investigated who was most at risk.

Phone case company found out that iPhone owners are 167 times more at risk to get hacked than those who use other brands.

This data was gathered by analysing monthly Google search volumes to see how many British people are looking to find information on how to hack different apps or phone brands.

The total search volume for iPhones was a whopping 10,040. That’s significantly higher than Samsung, who came second place with 700 searches.

LG, Nokia and Sony were the phones that hackers were least interested in, generating under 100 searches a month for each individual brand. Sony was at the bottom with 50 searches.



Since many of us are dependant on apps in our daily lives, also researched which of the popular apps are most likely to be targeted by hackers. And it's not the obvious choice.

A shocking 12,310 Brits are interested in finding out how to hack someone’s Instagram account each month, which may come as a surprise to you.

Behind Instagram with 7,390 and 7,100 respectively were Snapchat and WhatsApp accounts.

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Other apps at risk included Twitter (1.790), Facebook messenger (1,750), and Gmail (1,510).

Apps that posed a lower risk of being hacked were Facebook (1,120), Amazon (1,070) and Netflix right at the bottom (750).

Comparatively, your Instagram account is 16 times more likely to be hacked than your Netflix account. So people are more interested in pictures and messages than stealing entertainment, it seems!

Lucy Buglass
Digital Writer

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer for What's on TV,, and Woman&Home. After finishing her degree in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University she moved to London to begin her career. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases.