Detecting Cell Phone Spy Software
There are a few obvious signs that your cell phone is being monitored/tapped. (Bear in mind that some of these indicators can be caused by other factors so you need to use your judgment.) Some spy software works extremely well and in stealth mode for which you will need expert advice, but in general, below are indications that your phone may be tapped:
Odd Phone Behavior – Make note of odd changes in your cell phones behavior. Does it suddenly light up when not in use; make random beeping noises, shutdown by itself or exhibit any other random behavior? All phones can do strange things from time to time but if this is happening on a regular basis it could be a sign that your phone is being accessed by hidden software.
Battery Rundown – Some spyware apps can be a drain on your battery so look out for any sudden changes in your battery life such as it needs charging more often. Be aware that over time your cell phone battery life will diminish naturally, so you’re looking for any dramatic change. Some of the cheaper spy software programs will run your battery down quickly, however the more modern programs are designed to make less demand on the battery and are harder to identify.
Phone Shuts down – Has your phone begun to regularly shut down by itself, even when the battery is charged? Some spyware can be buggy so be on the lookout for this weird behavior.
Background Noise – Background noise can just be a bad connection but f it is happening more than normal, it could be another tell-tale sign. Look out for static, clicking, beeping or voices in the background.
Receiving Unusual Texts – Don’t dismiss strange text messages containing random numbers, symbols or characters? The remote control feature of spyware works by sending secret coded text messages to your phone and in some cases these can be seen – if the spyware is not working correctly. If this happens regularly you could have a spy app on your phone.
Increased data Usage – Noticed an increase in your normal data usage? Some of the less stable spy apps use extra data to send the information collected from your phone, so be on the lookout for any unexplained surge in your monthly data usage. There are several apps that can be used to monitor your data usage check out: My Data Manager – Android from Goggle Play, and Data Usage – for iPhone, available from the Apple Store. Again, with the best spy software programs data usage has been reduced and will be almost impossible to spot – but the poor programs will show significant data use.
With all of the above indicators you are looking for sudden, unexplained changes in your phone’s behavior. Each abnormal behavior on its own is not necessarily evidence of spyware on your phone but if several of these weird actions occur, you could very well be a victim of spyware.
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As always, stay safe.