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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on May 28, 2020
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 724 comments

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From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder that smartphones rival computers as common targets for online hackers. And despite the efforts of Google and Apple, mobile malware continues to land in official app stores – and these malicious apps are getting sneakier. According to the McAfee 2020 Mobile Threat Report, over half of mobile malware apps “hide” on a device, without a homescreen icon, hijacking the device to serve unwanted ads, post bogus reviews, or steal information that can be sold or used to hold victims to ransom.

And while iPhones can be hacked, more malware targets Android devices. In its 2020 State of Malware Report, MalwareBytes reported a rise in aggressive adware and preinstalled malware on Android devices designed to steal data – or simply victims’ attention.

Malware can also include spyware that monitors a device’s content, programs that harness a device’s internet bandwidth for use in a botnet to send spam, or phishing screens that steal a user’s logins when entered into a compromised, legitimate app.

It is often downloaded from non-official sources, including phishing links sent via email or message, as well as malicious websites. (While security experts recommend always downloading from official app stores – like the Apple App Store or Google Play – some countries are unable to access certain apps from these sources, for example, secure messaging apps that would allow people to communicate secretly.)

Then there are the commercial spy apps that require physical access to download to a phone – often done by those well-known to the victim, such as a partner or parent – and which can monitor everything that occurs on the device.

Not sure if you may have been hacked? We spoke to Josh Galindo, director of training at uBreakiFix, about how to tell a smartphone might have been compromised. And, we explore the twelve ways your phone can be hacked and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

6 Signs your phone may have been hacked

1. Noticeable decrease in battery life

While a phone’s battery life inevitably decreases over time, a smartphone that has been compromised by malware may start to display a significantly decreased lifespan. This is because the malware – or spy app – may be using up phone resources to scan the device and transmit the information back to a criminal server.

(That said, simple everyday use can equally deplete a phone’s lifespan. Check if that’s the case by running through these steps for improving your Android or iPhone battery life.)

2. Sluggish performance

Do you find your phone frequently freezing, or certain applications crashing? This could be down to malware that is overloading the phone’s resources or clashing with other applications.

You may also experience continued running of applications despite efforts to close them, or even have the phone itself crash and/or restart repeatedly.

(As with reduced battery life, many factors could contribute to a slower phone – essentially, its everyday use, so first try deep cleaning your Android or iPhone.)

3. High data usage

Another sign of a compromised phone is an unusually high data bill at the end of the month, which can come from malware or spy apps running in the background, sending information back to its server.

4. Outgoing calls or texts you didn’t send

If you’re seeing lists of calls or texts to numbers you don’t know, be wary – these could be premium-rate numbers that malware is forcing your phone to contact; the proceeds of which land in the cyber-criminal’s wallet. In this case, check your phone bill for any costs you don’t recognize.

5. Mystery pop-ups

While not all pop-ups mean your phone has been hacked, constant pop-up alerts could indicate that your phone has been infected with adware, a form of malware that forces devices to view certain pages that drive revenue through clicks. Even if a pop-up isn’t the result of a compromised phone, many may be phishing links that attempt to get users to type in sensitive info – or download more malware.

6. Unusual activity on any accounts linked to the device

If a hacker has access to your phone, they also have access to its accounts – from social media to email to various lifestyle or productivity apps. This could reveal itself in activity on your accounts, such as resetting a password, sending emails, marking unread emails that you don’t remember reading, or signing up for new accounts whose verification emails land in your inbox.

In this case, you could be at risk for identity fraud, where criminals open new accounts or lines of credit in your name, using information taken from your breached accounts. It’s a good idea to change your passwords – without updating them on your phone – before running a security sweep on your phone itself.

What to do if your phone is hacked

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms of a hacked smartphone, the best first step is to download a mobile security app.

For Android, we like Bitdefender or McAfee for their robust feature sets and high ratings from independent malware analysis labs.

And while iPhones may be less prone to hacks, they aren’t totally immune. Lookout for iOS flags apps that are acting maliciously, potentially dangerous Wi-Fi networks, and if the iPhone has been jailbroken (which increases its risk for hacking). It’s free, with $2.99/month for identity protection, including alerts of logins being exposed.

Who would hack your phone?

By now, government spying is such a common refrain that we may have become desensitized to the notion that the NSA taps our phone calls or the FBI can hack our computers whenever it wants. Yet there are other technological means – and motives – for hackers, criminals and even the people we know, such as a spouse or employer, to hack into our phones and invade our privacy. And unless you’re a high-profile target – journalist, politician, political dissident, business executive, criminal – that warrants special interest, it’s far more likely to be someone close to you than a government entity doing the spying.

12 ways your phone can be hacked

From targeted breaches and vendetta-fueled snooping to opportunistic land grabs for the data of the unsuspecting, here are twelve ways someone could be spying on your cell phone – and what you can do about it.

1. Spy apps

There is a glut of phone monitoring apps designed to covertly track someone’s location and snoop on their communications. Many are advertised to suspicious partners or distrustful employers, but still more are marketed as a legitimate tool for safety-concerned parents to keep tabs on their kids. Such apps can be used to remotely view text messages, emails, internet history, and photos; log phone calls and GPS locations; some may even hijack the phone’s mic to record conversations made in person. Basically, almost anything a hacker could possibly want to do with your phone, these apps would allow.

And this isn’t just empty rhetoric. When we studied cell phone spying apps back in 2013, we found they could do everything they promised. Worse, they were easy for anyone to install, and the person who was being spied on would be none the wiser that there every move was being tracked.

“There aren’t too many indicators of a hidden spy app – you might see more internet traffic on your bill, or your battery life may be shorter than usual because the app is reporting back to a third-party,” says Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at security firm Sophos.


Spy apps are available on Google Play, as well as non-official stores for iOS and Android apps, making it pretty easy for anyone with access to your phone (and a motive) to download one.

How to protect yourself

  • Since installing spy apps require physical access to your device, putting a passcode on your phone greatly reduces the chances of someone being able to access your phone in the first place. And since spy apps are often installed by someone close to you (think spouse or significant other), pick a code that won’t be guessed by anyone else.
  • Go through your apps list for ones you don’t recognize.
  • Don’t jailbreak your iPhone. “If a device isn’t jailbroken, all apps show up,” says Wisniewski. “If it is jailbroken, spy apps are able to hide deep in the device, and whether security software can find it depends on the sophistication of the spy app [because security software scans for known malware].”
  • For iPhones, ensuring you phone isn’t jailbroken also prevents anyone from downloading a spy app to your phone, since such software – which tampers with system-level functions - doesn’t make it onto the App Store.
  • Download a mobile security app. For Android, we like Bitdefender or McAfee, and for iOS, we recommend Lookout for iOS.

2. Phishing messages

Whether it’s a text claiming to be from a coronavirus contact tracer, or a friend exhorting you to check out this photo of you last night, SMS texts containing deceptive links that aim to scrape sensitive information (otherwise known as phishing or “smishing”) continue to make the rounds.

And with people often checking their email apps throughout the day, phishing emails are just as lucrative for attackers.

Periods such as tax season tend to attract a spike in phishing messages, preying on people’s concern over their tax return, while this year’s coronavirus-related government stimulus payment period has resulted in a bump in phishing emails purporting to be from the IRS.

Android phones may also fall prey to texts with links to download malicious apps (The same scam isn’t prevalent for iPhones, which are commonly non-jailbroken and therefore can’t download apps from anywhere except the App Store.). Android will warn you, though, when you try to download an unofficial app and ask your permission to install it – do not ignore this warning.

Such malicious apps may expose a user’s phone data, or contain a phishing overlay designed to steal login information from targeted apps – for example, a user’s bank or email app.


Quite likely. Though people have learned to be skeptical of emails asking them to “click to see this funny video!”, security lab Kaspersky notes that they tend to be less wary on their phones.

How to protect yourself

  • Keep in mind how you usually verify your identity with various accounts – for example, your bank will never ask you to input your full password or PIN.
  • Check the IRS’s phishing section to familiarize yourself with how the tax agency communicates with people, and verify any communications you receive
  • Avoid clicking links from numbers you don’t know, or in curiously vague messages from friends, especially if you can’t see the full URL.
  • If you do click on the link and try to download an unofficial app, your Android phone should notify you before installing it. If you ignored the warning or the app somehow otherwise bypassed Android security, delete the app and/or run a mobile security scan.

3. Unauthorized access to iCloud or Google account

Hacked iCloud and Google accounts offer access to an astounding amount of information backed up from your smartphone – photos, phonebooks, current location, messages, call logs and in the case of the iCloud Keychain, saved passwords to email accounts, browsers and other apps. And there are spyware sellers out there who specifically market their products against these vulnerabilities.

Online criminals may not find much value in the photos of regular folk – unlike nude pictures of celebrities that are quickly leaked – but they know the owners of the photos do, says Wisniewski, which can lead to accounts and their content being held digitally hostage unless victims pay a ransom.

Additionally, a cracked Google account means a cracked Gmail, the primary email for many users.

Having access to a primary email can lead to domino-effect hacking of all the accounts that email is linked to – from your Facebook account to your mobile carrier account, paving the way for a depth of identity theft that would seriously compromise your credit.


“This is a big risk. All an attacker needs is an email address; not access to the phone, nor the phone number,” Wisniewski says. If you happen to use your name in your email address, your primary email address to sign up for iCloud/Google, and a weak password that incorporates personally identifiable information, it wouldn’t be difficult for a hacker who can easily glean such information from social networks or search engines.

How to protect yourself

  • Create a strong password for these key accounts (and as always, your email).
  • Enable login notifications so you are aware of sign-ins from new computers or locations.
  • Enable two-factor authentication so that even if someone discovers your password, they can’t access your account without access to your phone.
  • To prevent someone resetting your password, lie when setting up password security questions. You would be amazed how many security questions rely on information that is easily available on the Internet or is widely known by your family and friends.

4. Bluetooth hacking

Any wireless connection may be vulnerable to cyber-snoops – and earlier this year, security researchers found a vulnerability in Android 9 and older devices that would allow hackers to secretly connect over Bluetooth, then scrape data on the device. (In Android 10 devices, the attack would have crashed Bluetooth, making connection impossible.)

While the vulnerability has since been patched in security updates out soon after, attackers may be able to hack your Bluetooth connection through other vulnerabilities – or by tricking you into pairing with their device by giving it another name (like "AirPods" or another universal name). And once connected, your personal information would be at risk.


“Rather low, unless it is a targeted attack,” says Dmitry Galov, security researcher at Kaspersky.“ Even then, a lot of factors have to come together to make it possible.”

How to protect yourself

  • Only turn your Bluetooth on when you are actually using it
  • Don’t pair a device in public to avoid falling prey to malicious pairing requests.
  • Always download security updates to patch vulnerabilities as soon as they’re discovered

5. SIM swapping

Another reason to be stringent about what you post online: cybercriminals can call up cellular carriers to pose as legitimate customers who have been locked out of their accounts. By providing stolen personal information, they’re able to get the phone number ported to their own device and use it to ultimately take over a person’s online accounts. In a spat of Instagram handle thefts, for example, hackers used known login names to request password changes and intercept multi-factor authentication texts sent to the stolen phone number. The purpose? To hold victims for ransom or, in the case of high-value names, sell on underground marketplaces. Some people have also had cryptocurrency accounts hijacked and drained.

On top of that, researchers found that there were representatives at all five major carriers who authenticated users giving the wrong information (such as billing address or zip code), by instead asking for the last three digits of the last two dialed numbers. Researchers were able to provide these details by first sending a text instructing users to call a certain number, which played a voicemail telling them to call a second number.


“Currently, SIM swapping is especially popular in Africa and Latin America,” says Galov. “But we know about modern cases from different countries worldwide.”

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t use guessable numbers for your carrier PIN – like your birthday or family birthdays, all of which could be found on social media.
  • Choose an authenticator app such as Authy or Google Authenticator instead of SMS for 2FA. “This measure will protect you in most cases,” says Galov.
  • Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication for all your online accounts to minimize the risk of a hack that can reveal personal information used to hijack your SIM.

6. Hacked phone camera

As video calling becomes increasingly prevalent for work and family connection, it’s highlighted the importance of securing computer webcams from hackers – but that front-facing phone cam could also be at risk. A since-fixed glitch in the Android onboard Camera app, for example, would have allowed attackers to record video, steal photos and geolocation data of images, while malicious apps with access to your camera app (see below) might also allow cybercriminals to hijack your camera.


Less prevalent than computer webcam hacks.

How to protect yourself

  • Always download security updates for all apps and your device.

7. Apps that over-request permissions

While many apps over-request permissions for the purpose of data harvesting, some may be more malicious – particularly if downloaded from non-official stores – requesting intrusive access to anything from your location data to your camera roll.

According to Kaspersky research, many malicious apps in 2020 take advantage of access to Accessibility Service, a mode intended to facilitate the use of smartphones for people with disabilities. “With permission to use this, a malicious application has almost limitless possibilities for interacting with the system interface and apps,” says Galov. Some stalkerware apps, for instance, take advantage of this permission.

Free VPN apps are also likely culprits for over-requesting permissions. In 2019, researchers found that two-thirds of the top 150 most-downloaded free VPN apps on Android made requests for sensitive data such as users’ locations.


Over-requesting permissions happens commonly, Galov says.

How to protect yourself

  • Read app permissions and avoid downloading apps that request more access than they should need to operate.
  • Even if an app’s permissions seem to line up with its function, check reviews online.
  • For Android, download an antivirus app such as Bitdefender or McAfee that will scan apps before download, as well as flag suspicious activity on apps you do have.

8. Snooping via open Wi-Fi networks

The next time you happen upon a password-free Wi-Fi network in public, it’s best not to get online. Eavesdroppers on an unsecured Wi-Fi network can view all its unencrypted traffic. And nefarious public hotspots can redirect you to lookalike banking or email sites designed to capture your username and password. Nor is it necessarily a shifty manager of the establishment you’re frequenting. For example, someone physically across the road from a coffee shop could set up a login-free Wi-Fi network named after the café, in hopes of catching useful login details for sale or identity theft.


Any tech-savvy person could potentially download the necessary software to intercept and analyze Wi-Fi traffic.

How to protect yourself

  • Only use public Wi-Fi networks that are secured with a password and have WPA2/3 enabled (you’ll see this on the login screen requesting password), where traffic is encrypted by default during transmission.
  • Download a VPN app to encrypt your smartphone traffic. NordVPN (Android/iOS from $3.49/month) is a great all-round choice that offers multi-device protection, for your tablet and laptop for example.
  • If you must connect to a public network and don’t have a VPN app, avoid entering in login details for banking sites or email. If you can’t avoid it, ensure the URL in your browser address bar is the correct one. And never enter private information unless you have a secure connection to the other site (look for “https” in the URL and a green lock icon in the address bar).
  • Turning on two-factor authentication for online accounts will also help protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi.

9. Apps with weak encryption

Even apps that aren’t malicious can leave your mobile device vulnerable. According to InfoSec Institute, apps that use weak encryption algorithms can leak your data to someone looking for it. Or, those with improperly implemented strong algorithms can create other back doors for hackers to exploit, allowing access to all the personal data on your phone.


“A potential risk, but a less likely threat than others such as unsecured Wi-Fi or phishing,” says Galov.

How to protect yourself

  • Check app reviews online before downloading – not only on app stores (which are often subject to spam reviews), but on Google search, for sketchy behavior that other users may have reported.
  • If possible, only download apps from reputable developers – for example, who turn up on Google with positive reviews and feedback results, or on user reviews sites like Trustpilot. According to Kaspersky, “the onus is on developers and organizations to enforce encryption standards before apps are deployed.”

10. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

A communication protocol for mobile networks across the world, Signaling System No 7 (SS7), has a vulnerability that lets hackers spy on text messages, phone calls and locations, armed only with someone’s mobile phone number.

The security issues have been well-known for years, and hackers have been exploiting this hole to intercept two-factor authentication (2FA) codes sent via SMS from banks, with cybercriminals in Germany draining victims’ bank accounts. The UK’s Metro Bank fell prey to a similar attack.

This method could also be used to hack other online accounts, from email to social media, wrecking financial and personal havoc.

According to security researcher Karsten Nohl, law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the exploit to intercept cell phone data, and hence don’t necessarily have great incentive to seeing that it gets patched.


The likelihood is growing, as the minimal resources needed to exploit this vulnerability have made it available to cybercriminals with a much smaller profile who are seeking to steal 2FA codes for online accounts – rather than tap the phones of political leaders, CEO or other people whose communications could hold high worth in underground marketplaces.

How to protect yourself

  • Choose email or (safer yet) an authentication app as your 2FA method, instead of SMS.
  • Use an end-to-end encrypted message service that works over the internet (thus bypassing the SS7 protocol), says Wisniewski. WhatsApp (free, iOS/Android), Signal (free, iOS/Android) and Wickr Me (free, iOS/Android) all encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications.
  • Be aware that if you are in a potentially targeted group your phone conversations could be monitored and act accordingly.

11. Malicious charging stations

While travel and tourism may not be on the horizon anytime soon, last year the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released a security alert about the risk of hijacked public USB power charging stations in locations such as airports and hotels.

Malicious charging stations – including malware-loaded computers – take advantage of the fact that standard USB cables transfer data as well as charge battery. Older Android phones may even automatically mount the hard drive upon connection to any computer, exposing its data to an unscrupulous owner.

Security researchers have also shown it’s possible to hijack the video-out feature so that when plugged into a malicious charge hub, a hacker can monitor every keystroke, including passwords and sensitive data.


Low. There are no widely-known instances of hijacked charging points, while newer Android phones ask for permission to load their hard drive when plugged into a new computer; iPhones request a PIN. However, new vulnerabilities may be discovered.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t plug into unknown devices; bring a wall charger. You might want to invest in a charge-only USB cable like PortaPow ($9.99 for two-pack on Amazon)
  • If a public computer is your only option to revive a dead battery, select the “Charge only” option (Android phones) if you get a pop-up when you plug in, or deny access from the other computer (iPhone).

12. Fake cellular towers, like FBI’s Stingray

The FBI, IRS, ICE, DEA, U.S. National Guard, Army and Navy are among the government bodies known to use cellular surveillance devices (the eponymous StingRays) that mimic bona fide network towers.

StingRays, and similar pretender wireless carrier towers, force nearby cell phones to drop their existing carrier connection to connect to the StingRay instead, allowing the device’s operators to monitor calls and texts made by these phones, their movements, and the numbers of who they text and call.

As StingRays have a radius of about 1km, an attempt to monitor a suspect’s phone in a crowded city center could amount to tens of thousands of phones being tapped.

Until late 2015, warrants weren’t required for StingRay-enabled cellphone tracking. The American Civil Liberties Union has identified over 75 federal agencies in over 27 states that own StingRays, but notes that this number is likely a drastic underestimate. Though some states outlaw the use of eavesdropping tech unless in criminal investigations, many agencies don’t obtain warrants for their use.


While the average citizen isn’t the target of a StingRay operation, it’s impossible to know what is done with extraneous data captured from non-targets, thanks to tight-lipped federal agencies.

How to protect yourself

  • Use encrypted messaging and voice call apps, particularly if you enter a situation that could be of government interest, such as a protest. Signal (free, iOS/Android) and Wickr Me (free, iOS/Android) both encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications. Most encryption in use today isn’t breakable, says Wisniewski, and a single phone call would take 10-15 years to decrypt.

“The challenging thing is, what the police have legal power to do, hackers can do the same,” Wisniewski says. “We’re no longer in the realm of technology that costs millions and which only the military have access to. Individuals with intent to interfere with communications have the ability to do so.”

From security insiders to less tech-savvy folk, many are already moving away from traditional, unencrypted communications – and perhaps in several years, it will be unthinkable that we ever allowed our private conversations and information to fly through the ether unprotected.

Updated on 5/28/2020 with new ways your phone can be hacked and what you can do to protect yourself.

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]

Natasha Stokes has been a technology writer for more than 7 years covering consumer tech issues, digital privacy and cybersecurity. As the features editor at TOP10VPN, she covered online censorship and surveillance that impact the lives of people around the world. Her work has also appeared on BBC Worldwide, CNN, Time and Travel+Leisure.

Discussion loading


From Vicki Matthews on August 31, 2017 :: 9:10 pm

I wished I could hack my boyfriend’s phone sence he hacked my phone


Far out

From Haylez Australia on June 02, 2020 :: 6:00 pm

totally agree in the same boat
Had a really bad domestic violent argument and BAM!!! go to the fn pay phone
Tried to call myself
Then what do I loose my mind for when I got home????BECAUSE I COULDNT RECEIVE OR SEND MSG OR MMS OR RECEIVE CALLS
I want to hack his too



From Christopher Meeks on September 19, 2017 :: 3:33 am

My phone galaxy s7 active has been hacked multiple times apparently I’m not tech savvy. My bank acct Facebook messages hv all been effected I really need some help with this plz it’s wrecking my life


U no who 4 some people who is doing

From Shannon E Cairo on March 17, 2022 :: 11:49 pm

U should try my sister, she hacked my phone and he fucking my hole family but I’m the liser


Phone hacked

From Unknown on September 24, 2017 :: 12:58 pm

Hi..I have a strong feeling that my phone is been hacked and messages on my iPhone6 including whats app messages can be read by third party.
My Facebook/Linkedin accounts are also compromised.
Please help.


Please help me I have

From Shannon E Cairo on February 20, 2022 :: 11:40 am

Please help me I have to delete this as soon as I send


To make me look like a dumbass

From Shannon E Cairo on March 17, 2022 :: 11:58 pm

Yes my phone is hacked yes I know it’s my sister that did it and her husband and I can’t get a hold of anybody that believes in me because of my sister I look like a total idiot a total dumbass because nobody believes me and they’re having a good time laughing at me but when the cops finally get them which they will and the FBI as well cuz it’s not just hacking they’re doing it’s stealing people’s identity and their money



From JO on October 04, 2017 :: 11:03 am

Hi, im 52 married 29 years housewife. I have worked all my life caring for others. Seven years ago i had to have knee surgery. I havnt been same since. My husband has taken over everything. He pays all bills, i take care of him. I fix his plates. I evencutthe crust offhis bread like he likes. Slowly over the last seven years he has managed to put everything in his name. All bank accounts. Cars. I never thought twice about it. Then two years agomy world as i know it started to crumble. Onmy 50th birthday a girl left a message on my husbands phone. It said ( hi hunny its millisa give me a call when u get this). My husbands voice mail clearly says hi youve reached ******* ******** glad to hear frm you leave a message ill get back to you. He said she just got wrong num. So i let it go. Then i was using his phone to call my sister and i noticed under recently sent emojis there was a heart made out of puppy dogs and kisses. He didnt send it to me. That night he got on his phone started removing apps. He said he removed them soi wouldnt be upset when he didnt do anything. Then i was taking a bath my phone went off i seen i had a email. It was from my husband who was in. The same house that said i think im falling in love. My heart stopped. I knew something wasnt right. I kept quiet just started looking through things. There was an email sent to his phone that said your sec email address is now ready. But with all that said one day i got on my laptop and a bunch of stuff wasnt right. There was snapchat and others i have never in my life used. He started getting meaner saying i was crazy. I had altimerz. Trying to convince my family and friends i was crazy. But i kept noticing all this stuff. And i felt it in my stomach somethings not right. To this day he says its me being parniod not him. So…..i decided to get a new phone. Ive taken out anything electronic in our house. Lol hes not so happy about that one. I had the phone place set my phone up. I had my sister make me a new email from her house. And thought oknow i can relax. Ha!!!! One day last week i noticed my gmail kept saying somthing was wrong conneting to my playstore. I was puzzled but thought im not gonna do this again. Then the next day i relized (somebody) were the only two in the house. Had went into my new phone changed my email address by a few numbers so i didnt notice. But i had it all wrote down what the man had in my phone.So i took it down there the email they orinanally made said didnt exsist. So we tried to open it back up since it was still in time and i swear it accually said sending a email to reopen to another email in yahoo but they put it undet my name. Of coarse i couldnt get into it cuz i didnt make it and it was hooked to a weird phone number. So thwy fixed my phone reset it with a new email. Put a pass code on it. But now im finding weird apps runnning that i dont understand. I dont know if there supposed tobe there or if its a spyware. Im so tired and cofused. Do you know how i can tell whitch apps are supposed to be there? The more i read the more confused i get. Any help at all i greatly am thankful.


Im going through the same exact thing

From Angelica on November 12, 2017 :: 8:53 pm

Ive been in your same situation for almost four years. My man went as far to say i had something mentally wrong. Telling my family and friends and literally was taken to a mental hostipal to stay for obversation for a week. My life hasnt ever been the same since.


I would like to meet others in my situation

From Laura on January 02, 2018 :: 10:55 am

I’ve had all the above and some I went to 5 different police stations and contacted police some days 10 times in 24 hours police did not help told me to get my head checked just like my ex was saying to me I’ve been trying to get rid of this guy for years now docs asked this of me after police laughing at me I ended up with charges after a year of constant abuse then they would come to my house because my ex would ring and say I’m suicidal no one is listening still my family days why is he still here Laura his the only one helping you lol fuck this need to meet up with all victims and share our stories I live in Penrith. Let’s stop this once and for all


This shit was done to

From Donna on August 23, 2020 :: 3:16 am

This shit was done to me too I went cops here too they laughed told me it’s normal activity in my phone .. hmmm screen sharing normal right .. karma will get them .. stay strong .. they did the same to me here but I was lucky Apple helped me .. xo

Broken but not dead

From R on January 26, 2021 :: 11:12 am

I am a mother of 2 biological children, 2 step children, and a surrogate child. I am a veteran of the US Army, and I was merely months away from graduating from one of my 2 degrees that I was pursuing for 6 years in college, and I worked for the government. Life was great, I had a great paying job, bills paid ahead. THEN…
I helped my best friend find out who stole his $4,500 new tires and rims. I noticed that when I found a man selling a “truck”, had new tires and rims on it that looked just like my BF’s. That was the beginning of the end for me, and my family.
Its almost a year later, I am homeless, my thousands of dollars are gone from my bank, it was so bad at one point I went through 5 phones in a matter of 4 moths. My family abandoned me, my boy friend/best friend convinced everyone that I was crazy, well until I learned a few things about computers. Cell phones are the same thing, mini computers. I will stop them, I will take them out, and they will pay for ruining my life. There is nothing worse that a mother without her children due to “them”, and I am also dying of stage 4 cancer so nothing to lose now. I promise when this all comes to an end, everyone will hear the story, and they will know how to stop these punks. When I think how could people be so evil, I remember that even Satan was an angel. Thing is I am a Godly woman, but I will put the fear of hell in them. Mark my words you are not alone!

With thoughts and prayers,
RTaylor.\not my real name

I’m the same boat

From B on April 17, 2021 :: 12:44 am

Same exact shit. My work, house that I live in, and my family think I’m some serial killer crazy who does hard drugs and gets drunk before work. I’m tired. I go to work home get yelled at and I sit in my room, and occasionally hike. I’m tired. I just want someone to pick me up and say babe it’s going to okay. I will take care of you and love you. I won’t make empty promises and use you for sex. I will support you emotionally so you can get you’re back and running. I’ve been abandoned. I’ve been drugged. I’ve been isolated, but accused of doing it to myself. My body literally hurts. I’ve been to hell and back many times. I have also had the cops called me because I’m not well

The SCRIPT (A book) will shine a light on your SANITY

From Zöe on May 01, 2021 :: 5:52 am

There is a book called “THE SCRIPT”. It is written by 1 of 2 females that had been cheated on by their partner. It is called The Script because they worked out that ALL MEN who cheat, say the same things to their partner. Eg: You’re paranoid, You’re crazy, You need psychiatric help, etc. They will try and get your loved ones to believe you’re going crazy. They will pick fights so they can go out. They will push you’re buttons so you will lose your shit and tell them to fuck off. They will has light you so you’re constantly chasing your tail to the point that you will feel like throwing yourself under a bus. Etc etc etc BUT while reading this SCRIPT of what will sound like your is and own words, you will start smiling to yourself and thinking “my fucking God I knew I was right, the shifty little manipulating fucker IS CHEATING ON ME. You will feel a sense of relief and empowerment and Ann overwhelming desire to take your life back and fuck him off. Trust me, it saved my life literally.


I'm Sorry but ---

From Kristen Devlin on August 22, 2020 :: 3:53 am

... yer husband is cheating on you. That ‘gut feeling” you been having is screaming at you that your brain is picking up pheromones from another woman on YOUR husband. Now, this is not to say that he has had any sexual relations with anyone. HOwever physical contact isn’t necessary to be considered cheating. If he’s hiding time he’s spending with another woman, or ANYONE for that matter, THAT is a form of cheating. Cheating on a person you have said vows to is one of the lowest things a person can do not just to their spouse, but to themselves as well. A person is only as good as their word. All the rest of the tech issues are just byproducts of the aforememtioned problem. It’s him trying to cover his tracks, and spy on you to make that easier.



From Coarse on April 02, 2021 :: 11:36 am

Definately malware.  If it is a system call, it won’t be shown unless you’re on a desktop/laptop and looking through task manager. If you’re on your phone, and hit the square, you won’t see them.  Malware usually shows up, however.


Some is using my mobile

From Dot Franklin on October 04, 2017 :: 3:53 pm

Some is using my mobile number to make up a Facebook account and messaging people from my Facebook someone realised that the person wasn’t me and tried ringing the person on messanger it rung my phone how can this hapen



From Mrs. M. on October 28, 2018 :: 8:23 am




From Jon on February 23, 2020 :: 3:13 am

Thank you I was really thinking I was going nuts. Car wreck and extra curilicar activities in the past sure had me thinking WHAT IN THE WORLD. THANKS AGAIN. WHAT I DO IS NOBODYS CONCERN. I DO NOT BOTHER ANYONE…


Oh lovely, you knew in

From laughing_stock on August 29, 2020 :: 4:53 am

Oh lovely, you knew in February so you was well aware what you were doing making me look unstable to the point of being hospitalised on my birthday in April, clearly your plan the whole way through.

Yeah I'm crazy

From Cairo on March 17, 2022 :: 11:53 pm

My sister and brother n law r making me think I’m crazy but funny thing is my phone is not just holding this information it’s also sending it


Home camera system pnone every thing +followed 24_7

From Tu padre on October 10, 2017 :: 12:31 pm

My home my phone everything is being hacked I am being followed 24/7 they are ruining my life what’s left of it anyway motels police can’t getting help from police when my cars are getting broken into I am constantly running away cuz it’s regular cars just tired of all this. Is there anything I can do?



From Google sendee on November 30, 2017 :: 11:56 am

Why are you running by a gun and walk around with that shit seriously i bet they quit fucking with you


It Helped a little

From R on January 26, 2021 :: 11:15 am

These people have been doing this for at least 10 plus years from what I tracked down. There are many of them and some are dangerous. Be cautious.


This does happen to other people WOW

From Laura on January 02, 2018 :: 10:58 am

Let’s meet I think it’s important I’ve felt isolated for to long now we need to get all victims together and get something done my name is Laura gwilliam I live in Penrith



From Calio on March 19, 2022 :: 8:20 pm

Heyi don’t know if there’s anybody out there that can help I know exactly what you talking about I’m 42 I live in California and this has been going on with me for like 6 years every day for 6 years no rest they don’t take off holidays birthdays weekends you name it everyday being here harass me call me everywhere I go even in my sleep when I wake up just like no escape I’m at the point of committing suicide I probably will soon but I don’t suggest you do it hang in there I’ve been hanging and getting tired though I know that’s probably not going to help but I hope it does give you something to fight for sorry.


Gang stalking

From Crystal on October 11, 2017 :: 8:23 am

Feel me in a lil more regarding this subjuct. Actions that cant be taken to be aware of when this is being done and ways to prevent it. Even better, how can u find out where or who these actions are coming from.


Every time I leave the

From Tupadre on October 11, 2017 :: 10:34 am

Every time I leave the house I’m driving They are next to me in the highway Cutting me off are doing something to make me mad And start driving like a lunatic



From Ricky on February 27, 2019 :: 3:35 am

Crystal your comment title says it all, I looked up gang stalking, that’s the only answer left after I researched all other possible problems, there no way one person can do and the damage I have, I have bought 4 phones in 2 years tried so many different angles to get rid of the problems , gangstalking to get people to commit themselves and get conservitorship and or rob and loot us,. Look it up thank you


Gang stalking one more thing protect yourself

From Scott on October 16, 2019 :: 2:30 am

Don’t know if everybody’s even look this up but they actually carry a frequency Jammer you can order them from out-of-state yes they’re illegal but you know what the shit these people are doing is he legal to so you know what I stand behind it order the frequency Jammers you can get them from out of state and have them sent to your house they will Jam any frequency within so many meters of your house depends on how good of a frequency Jammer you get you want to protect your personal life that’s the way to do it cuz what these people are doing is illegal so who gives a shit if you buy a frequency Jammer from out of state and have it shipped in the United States cuz you know what the cops are letting this shit happen so you might as well buy one and have it sent to you



From Shelley on February 26, 2020 :: 9:14 pm

Thanks for the tip.  I’ve been victimized by gang stalkers since moving into a supposed nice affluent apartment complex in 2018. Lately their hacking bullshit has been getting more aggressive and scarier. They have attacked my 75 year old mother’s accounts but I’m their main target. I’m a homebound disabled 50 year old gal with all her capabilities so looks are deceiving.  I am very tech savvy and the fact I’m being gang stalked has me ENRAGED because nothing I do gets rid of these scumbags. I keep to myself and I don’t even know these idiots. My mother has turned the issue over to the FBI IC3,  the FTC, the FCC and even to AT&T,  but everything is for nothing. We have proof of AT&T giving out both me and my mother’s own personal account information to these people and their friends! No kind of VPN or security I set up on my phone or laptop is strong enough as they manage to break thru and disable everything making sure I can’t ever recover anything. They’ve literally caused me the loss of several cellphones, printers and numerous laptops.  I am not a dumbass who carelessly opens up every tab or file she sees. I’m not stupid when it comes to cyber security. that is why I can’t understand how and why I’m being attacked and for so long. I use the best VPN and anti whatevers. They destroy everything.  It’s beyond my realm.  I think it’s an inside job within Google or AT&T,  because the stuff I’ve discovered involves someone who has extended IT experience and knowledge.  And that’s why I can’t fix this crap myself. I live in a very small Midwest city and nobody knows what to do except blame me.  I’m a nobody,  so why am I being targeted and harassed for this long to the point where I’ve contemplated suicide even. They stalking continues even if I move too.  I feel so helpless.  I did nothing wrong this has strained my mental and physical health terribly. plus placed a great strain upon my mother and I. we fight constantly. sad.


Me to

From Erice on March 09, 2020 :: 9:08 am

This has happened to me.. police no help my house has been broken into twice to get access to I don’t even know they didn’t take anything just messed with modem. I’ve lost my accounts. Computer taken over. I whipe it and with in a day they have control of it. My tv is a constant reset to us I gave up on it phones changed (4 times already new number different name )everything even tried apple an still they get on. take over everything even put phone in someone else’s name and still .. they aren’t messing with anyone else just me. In the house. If I turn everything off. They search start messing with other devices till I turn my phone back on 😔. I’m just a house wife . I make just enough to live. nothing special. No big name, no business, no savings, no family, small town,

me to

From Troy on July 14, 2020 :: 10:17 am

I’m 52 single and being attacked im looking for people who have the same problem im in locust grove ga

Hacked over and over

From Susan Cannon on October 11, 2020 :: 7:38 pm

Same thing happened to me over and over new phone happened new email happened new phone number happened my location was tracked by a family member my home was broken into things were stolen then I seen one of the stolen items a purse on market place by my husband’s sister I believe how she is doing this is through the Google’s developers program because I started seeing apps that were for developers which I am not I’ve contacted google over and over to no avail she has took over past gmail accounts to which google refuses to give me back even facebook accounts I keep hoping that they will investigate and all of this shit would just stop I’ve had so much money took from her out of bank accounts she has all of my information from which she took she has attempted to take out credit cards which she has successfully done to other family members but google or the police do nothing so I understand your frustrations Google’s developers program has to have some kind of background program set in place because now not just my husband sister doing this but now her daughter and her daughter’s sister in law too

Please email or call me

From An enemy of my enemy is a friend of mine on January 03, 2021 :: 11:35 pm

Exactly the sane situation maybe a luttle worst i am isolated and neef someone to talk to Please email ne

It must be someone inside these companies involved

From Zach Jones on March 02, 2021 :: 6:06 am

Just the fact that you can scrub everything, by abandoning all your old accounts and getting rid of “infected” hardware and you still get hacked immediately, means there are people on the inside with high level access involved. In my mind, no question about it. If there was no hacking why would we buy all these security measures from them?
You still not convinced, ask yourself why we NEVER heae about a billionaire like, and there are many of them, who for a hacker would be the ultimate prey. Why have we NEVER heard that Warren Buffet, the coak Brothers, Marc Cuban, on and on and on. How come theiraccounts have never ever been the target of the abuse people are sharing here????Ordinary hard working people….We ARE the Product!!!

Obsessive neighbors illeglly watching family remotely

From Jay on October 12, 2017 :: 11:19 am

Do anyone know how a hacker can hack into a phone or car? Also, can you provide some help to remove them?
I lived in Orlando FL and I am being harassed by my neighbors.  I moved out of the development because it was highly suggested by the Orlando Police department so I can have sanity and sense of security.  I lived on the first floor and they were above me.  I noticed I was being watched as they would repeat my locations in the apartment. Its was really weird but I wanted to make sure I was able to prove I was being illegally watched before I reported it to the development Director.  I took a piece of paper and a black marker and wrote “STOP WATCHING ME ITS CREEPY AND ILLEGAL”  AND I was RIGHT.  They read the note out loud and instantly got angry!! Its really scary because they are able to see and hear what is going on in my life and now have included my sister into this circus.

They are very comfortable invading our privacy.  They are monitoring my sister private moments as well as mine i.e shower, car, phones, location etc… I called the Orlando Police Department and they came out to the apartment and we met with the Director at the apartment.  They were able to tell me where exactly I am, for example I drove to GA during the storm and they were able to say out loud “The B is in GA”!! Discussed personal picture on my sister phone, able to see her in the shower as well as me and on a daily basis saying out loud on a daily basis they are going to drive to my new address (which I moved to another city 2.5 hours away) and shoot my sister in the face and shoot me in the head.

Its very creepy and weird. I am a firm believer, this not the first time they have harassed someone.  There is not sense of fear. I would turn my phone off and hide it under the pillow and they would say out loud “she can hide her phone but WE CAN STILL SEE HER”!! They are going above and beyond to harass me and they are obsessed and this is VERY SCARY! Has anyone experienced this type of obsessive, stalking?


Spyware on my Gmail?

From Jackie on December 03, 2017 :: 6:08 am

I have 2 questions
First I have an issue with my Gmail account. Emails to certain people have a delay while typing.  So for example when I hit the key the letter appears a second or 2 later.

The other question involves Facebook. I believe that someone has created 2 seperated fb profiles using the same gmail address. I became aware of one of the profiles because it appeared to be impersonating a person I know. I didn’t send a friend request, but I was monitoring the profile. The issue occurred when I accepted the friend request for the other page. As soon as I did that then the links to both pages stopped working. Links appeared but when clicked on I received a screen which said that a mistake had occurred, and the oage could not be displayed. Both oage have similar contact info. /John. Doe.5 Any ideas what is going on?


I know you are not crazy!

From Alicia on October 21, 2021 :: 4:03 pm

My heart goes out to all that have been unobtrusively observed and victimized! I too have been pained emotionally from being hacked,and Nobody believed me, or believes me now! I feel all alone against the world and I am still looking for answers and somebody to talk to. How can I have 2 different facebook accounts under my name, one of which I didn’t create,including the password which I DIDNOT make? Ineed answers,I need peace! My dear you are not alone!


Gang stalking

From Scott on October 16, 2019 :: 2:12 am

Absolutely I live in Phoenix Arizona and I’m dealing with the same exact thing here for the past 20 years these assholes think they’re above the law the best way I’ve learned deal with them throw a fucking Boulder at their fucking car bust out they’re fucking Windows cuz it is your god-given right is an American to stand up for stocking and causing you problems absolutely you can do whatever you have to do beyond all means but they’re fucking windows out flatten their goddamn tires fucking Kim the state of fuck out of your life but they won’t they keep coming like a bad rash they just keep coming back and the police do nothing about it their low-life succubus is of the earth cuz I got nothing better going on in there fucking life if you read up on the gang stalking they say that there are worse than Isis themselves they are terrorists of the United States and they live here and our pieces of shit we have to deal with but is your god-given right you do whatever you have to do to get these fuckers to stop cuz they won’t stop bust out a fucking window through a goddamn folder do whatever you have to do they are pieces of shit of the earth is what they are


Has my phone been hackex into also is it tapped?

From Wendy Mathews on October 12, 2017 :: 8:13 pm

I have a very violent x friend that told me he knows a hacker and had him hack into my phone can you help me find out? Also i would like to k ow if my phone is tapped. Is there a lagitamet app that really works letting you know someones location if ur scared of them for your own protection? Please help.


iPhone or Android?

From Josh Kirschner on October 20, 2017 :: 8:16 am

If you have an Android phone, you can install Lookout Security and it should uncover most generally available spyware. If you want to be extra sure, factory reset your device.

There is no hacking detection software for iPhone. However, Lookout will tell you if your iPhone has been jailbroken. It’s much harder (though not impossible) to install spyware on an iPhone without jailbreaking.

Even if your phone has not been compromised, you can learn quite a bit if you have access to someone’s iCloud or Google account. So make sure you have a very secure password for those accounts that no one else knows and isn’t shared with other accounts.

And no, there isn’t a legitimate way of tracking someone else’s device location without their permission - that would be you hacking them.


Hackers have rights?!

From Shelley on February 26, 2020 :: 9:31 pm

Sorry but I must interject.

I feel you are saying that hackers have rights and WE the ones being hacked by these losers must be careful not to infringe upon their rights?!
Um,  you lost your credibility with me at that point. all was good up to there.  What about OUR rights those hackers stole from us?  The thousands of dollars and the emotional and psychological scars you can’t see?  The horrible gang stalking I’ve seen going thru since 2018, has been a complete nightmare for myself and my mother.  In my case,  it’s been labeled as a hate crime and Domestic Terrorism.  But yet they have rights?!  Dude ok.  What about MY righs?!  I want these people out of my life and sentenced.  My mother has repeatedly reported them to the proper authorities and NOTHING gets done.  The stalking continues and keeps getting worse and worse.  Even if I move another place,  they find me and the stalking abuse ensues.  Everything my wifi goes thru they corrupt and eventually needs replaced.  My 75 year old mother is all I have and I’m on disability.  We can’t afford to keep up with this bullying crap. it’s Illegal behaviour and they don’t deserve to have any RIGHTS or be treated with respect.


Yes, but that's not really the point

From Josh Kirschner on February 27, 2020 :: 12:52 pm

Hackers do have rights, everyone has rights, but that’s not really the point. If there were a “legitimate” app that let you track a hacker’s location without their permission, then that same app could be used by others to track your location without your permission. That’s obviously a very bad scenario, so that “legitimate” app doesn’t exist.

Since I wrote my comment back in 2017, it’s come to light that AT&T (and, perhaps, other cellular carriers) have been selling user location data access to law enforcement and others. This was a terrible practice and the FCC has recently announced that those actions were likely against the law.

My telegram been hacked

From Sasan shakouri on October 16, 2017 :: 7:32 pm

My phone is samsung s8 and i thought ihad enough security in telegram atleast . Can any one say what can i do ?  I think whoke phone is hacked and i must say i live in iran for now and i use psiphone


Is my phone hacked it's acting funny

From Xavier on November 01, 2017 :: 7:55 pm

I have a galaxy s3 it has no SIM and I use it as an ipod it’s also rooted. Awhile back my notification bar at the top would just change to Arabic, my time would disappear and just show huge Arabic letters and every here and there it would be a different icon like the WiFi or anything else and I would just ignore it but this time when I was leaving facebook my whole screen went out and came back it wasn’t like a black screen but kind of a border on it I have been looking around for the arabic letters to see if anyone else would have a similar problem but nothing can someone here help I have screenshots of the letters thing


assertion of 10-15 years to crack cellphone encryption is based on computational feasibility

From thinkerly on November 04, 2017 :: 12:29 pm

Assertion of 10-15 years to crack cellphone encryption is based on computational feasibility. This assertion does not take into account possible protocol implementation errors and designed-in vulnerabilities, nor does it account for the unknown capacity for computation, especially quantum computing.


It will keep happening

From RaiderGirl Lisa on November 14, 2017 :: 2:49 am

It’s happening to me as we speak n I have an iphone


Someone hacked my cell phone

From Faizan on November 25, 2017 :: 6:55 pm

Someone hacked my cell phone even home and car


I’ve been hacked for over 6 years

From Sharon C on March 26, 2019 :: 11:46 am

When I told that I was hacked people told me I was crazy and it couldn’t happen with a iPhone, well my ex worked with the state and they obviously got ahold of something that shouldn’t be available to anyone with evil entent. I am still going through crazy things I can’t explain on my computer and phones. I’ve done EVERYTHING to get rid of the hack but nothing works. It’s like they flip the switch and hear we go again the hack is back. I am also having other things going on with my car. Two sets of new tires due to flat tires and gps was draining batteries after replacing three of them my car dealers noticed the GPS was doing it. Also. My alarm would go off even without the doors unlocked. It would happen during the night and it would go off every 10 minutes , ten times. Can someone be doing all this to my car as well?  Once I got a security system it seems better.


Galaxy 6s VS recovery stick

From Alixi on July 30, 2019 :: 11:40 am

I have the 6 digit lock code (something no one should be able to guess) and finger scan enabled. My phone locks back automatically yet by some unexplainable way my crazy ex was able to use a paraben recovery stick to get info from my phone. This was on or around 7-22-19. Yes my security and OS is up to date. How was this possible? I’m baffled beyond rationality.


I don't see how that is possible

From Josh Kirschner on July 30, 2019 :: 3:35 pm

Unless you are running a VERY old version of Android (4.1 or before), that stick won’t work without knowing your lock code and the phone being rooted. And if your ex has your lock code and access to your device, they certainly don’t need a special stick to access your info.

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