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Is Someone Spying on Your Phone?

by on March 30, 2012
in Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy :: 711 comments

[Editor's note 2/9/17: Since this article was written five years ago, many new phone hacking methods have been developed and/or discovered. We've created a new article to cover those various hacks in our new story: How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked. Please go there for the latest information. We're keeping this story active for the issues and useful advice contained in the comments.]

You probably know there are plenty of apps you can install on your smartphone to track its location in case it gets lost or stolen. Apple's “Find My iPhone” is one good one and many security apps, such as AVG Mobilation, can track down a phone in seconds.

But what if someone else is tracking you? Is there any chance your boss or spouse could be spying on everything you do on your phone?

It’s easy to do. Spy apps are plentiful and can imperceptibly track text and e-mail messages, location, Web sites you visit, who you call and what photos and videos you shoot. The problem is these apps are difficult to detect and run invisibly in the background.

I decided to track my son and installed an app on his phone called Phone Control by Laucass (free on Google Play). Of course, secretly intercepting electronic communications without the person's knowledge and consent is illegal, so I told my son I was doing it and that I’d only use it if I had good reason.

Every day I receive emails that indicate my son’s location as he’s using his phone out in the world. I can click on those links in my email to see via Google Maps where he is (although I very rarely do). I could also set up the app to send me data about everything else he’s doing on his phone, but that’s not something I personally need—or want—to do.

Signs your phone may have been compromised

Someone borrowed or took your phone

I had to have my son’s phone in hand to install Android Phone Control. Once activated, however, there’s no icon in the application launcher. The app shows up with the name “Android System” in the applications manager so it doesn’t look suspicious. If you think someone could do something like this when you’re not paying attention or asleep, secure your phone with a passcode that isn’t easy to guess.

(Editor's Note 9/26/12: To confirm you have the spyware and not a standard Android app by the same name, follow these steps to open the spy app (dial the phone number.)

(Editor's Note 8/28/13: See our in-depth study of mobile security apps for more detail on 9 of the most common spyware programs and how to detect them.)

(Editor's Note 12/16/14 (Josh Kirschner): In some of my comments below, I noted the unlikelihood of spying on iPhones that were not jailbroken. However, since many of those comments were made, certain holes were identified in iOS that exploit the iPhone's connection to trusted networks and devices to allow someone with access to the network or device to download significant amounts of personal data. Jailbreaking the iPhone was not required. Fortunately, those holes have been patched in iOS 8. For more information, see: http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=3820]

Your phone is acting weirdly

Taking forever to shut off, lighting up for no reason, suddenly getting much shorter battery life or running hot when you’re not using it may indicate hidden processes are running in the background.

Your data usage skyrockets for no reason

This could be because your phone is checking in with someone else, using GPS and sending them text messages or emails that communicate where you are and what you’re doing.

What to do if you suspect your phone's being monitored

The best thing to do is perform a factory reset, which you can find as an option in your phone’s settings. Know, however, that in doing so you will lose all data stored on your phone, so back it up first.

If you’re using Apple iCloud or Android 4.0, items like your contacts, photos and music are automatically synced and saved in the cloud. But if you have an older phone, you’ll want to make sure to export your contacts before doing a factory reset. There are various ways to do this depending on what phone you’re using and which operating system it’s running. If you’re not sure, get help from your cellular provider; they can make sure to retain your contacts and other important data during a factory reset.

You'll then want to use a strong passcode to prevent unauthorized access to your device. For Android devices, you can also install an app, like AppNotifier (free on Google Play), that will email you when programs are loaded onto your phone.

(Editor's Note 9/26/12: See our updated recommendations for Android antimalware solutions)

(Editor's Note 8/28/13: See our in-depth study of mobile security apps for our latest recommendations on how to protect yourself.)

You'll then have to tackle the issue of who's doing the monitoring. Keep in mind that if your device was issued by your company or is authorized to access your company's email and other data services, you may have given your consent as part of your employment contract or when access was data access was granted.



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you only live once so try to do things that make you happy

From jeremy b tedrick on February 22, 2015 :: 2:44 am

live an fall in love an do the best an make it to heaven work hard an stay 100 don t cheat an be giving an caring an go out of your way an try to do good deed

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she said I'm crazy!!! Am I???

From beth on February 24, 2015 :: 10:40 pm

im about to go.crazy!!! I.kno thst someone is.invading my privacy. my girlfriend had access.to.my phone at all.times, then I changed my password. when.I go to look at history on my phone it disappeared as I was reading.it, then days that I.kno I.have used my phone the history.is erased too, I.have so many.apps. and have ni.idea what half of them r. she says im losing my mind. am I??? I think she is reading my text. mess. and erasing someof my contacts. please some one tell me what.to.do. I just got my smartphone so.im really not that smart whenit comes to this phone. so she def. hhas.the upper hand. I.have a galaxy ring.

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every tracking app has this flaw

From Stacy on February 27, 2015 :: 8:21 am

The main and the most important flaw of each tracking app is increased battery consumption. Moreover, it is something they can’t avoid, therefore it is the main clue of your investigation. If your phone loses its charge faster than ever, you have to check it for spyware.

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i think im being hacked

From brook on March 01, 2015 :: 8:12 am

I think someone is hacking into my phone. I went out with a guy the other day for lunch he is a I T person. he ask what kind of phone I had I told him it was a nokia windows phone. Ever since then my wifi keeps coming on, it locks up. he has my number. he was away from home last night and my phone was fine. What do I need to do so he cant get into my phone. HELP

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Probably not

From Josh Kirschner on March 01, 2015 :: 5:14 pm

First off, I haven’t seen any spyware that works on modern Windows phones. I’m not saying there couldn’t be something out there, but it’s not likely. Secondly, in every case I’ve seen, installing spyware always requires physical access to the device. Unless this guy had access to your phone, I highly doubt spyware could have been installed.

If you’re having issues with the phone, I recommend doing a factory reset and then reinstalling only those apps you’re familiar with and really need. That should resolve your issue.

Hope that helps.

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there is bug always

From MADVISER on March 15, 2015 :: 3:12 pm

Till date there is no software that could successfully prevent hackers take control on a system. There is always a new bug they discover every time. But if you only deal with trusted softwares and do not play with your curiosity that may lead to stupidity then you can atleast feel little safe. nothing is getting installed unless you give it access. thus it is advised to stick to trusted sites/softwares.

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You are a hacker!

From Patty on April 14, 2018 :: 2:18 am

Everything you say sounds like its coming from a hacker. Yes your phone can be hacked without any access to it. It can be done thur text messages and wi-fi. But only people how are hackers tell others that your phone cant be hacked wihout access. My ex told me that all the time until i staryed asking techs who work on fixing your phones. They are the ones that showed me how it is done. So your a hacker…...

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Perhaps you didn't read the article above?

From Josh Kirschner on April 16, 2018 :: 9:47 am

If you had, you would have noticed the big note at the top that says:

“Editor’s note 2/9/17: Since this article was written five years ago, many new phone hacking methods have been developed and/or discovered. We’ve created a new article to cover those various hacks in our new story: How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked. Please go there for the latest information. We’re keeping this story active for the issues and useful advice contained in the comments.”

And yes, since the time this article was written, there have been ways identified of spying on phones without access to the device. But these methods are not commercially available to the average consumer/hacker, and I’m quite skeptical the “techs” you talked to would be able to do it. If you can point me to information that suggests otherwise, I would be interested in seeing it.

Weird texts

From Josefina Arellano on March 19, 2015 :: 12:24 am

Hello,
Today I was texting my boyfriend and all of a sudden he calls me regarding the text I sent I was texting him about packing his food for work and when he received my text half of it was gone and instead it was something totally different that I did not write myself then he screen shot what he got and I screen shot what I text bc we both were like this is what I text and he said this is what I got it was really weird then we continued to text and it did it again the last sentenced I wrote was gone and replaced with something totally different it had never happened before he owns an android and I own an iPhone does anyone know why did happened bc this really almost got me in trouble he was thinking I had text the wrong person and then I deleted the messages but once a text is sent you can only delete the whole text not partial that’s the only thing that saved me

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Removing negative news articles on the Internet

From Shawn Roberts on March 28, 2015 :: 1:35 am

Is it possible to remove unwanted media articles that are on the Internet and pop up when someone does a Google search using your name?

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Generally, no.

From Josh Kirschner on March 28, 2015 :: 10:19 am

The EU has enacted a law that allows private citizens to remove themselves from Google search results, but that doesn’t remove the actual articles and doesn’t apply outside the EU. In the US, the best option is either to politely ask the media channel that the article be removed (something most media/news outlets would not do) or generate enough other content about the subject that the unwanted article gets pushed lower in search results. There are companies, like reputation.com, that can help you with this process, but there is no magic bullet.

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Obvious signs

From Stacy on April 08, 2015 :: 8:31 am

From my experience, the main sign that your phone is compromised, is increased battery consumption. There’s simply no way that application which makes a copy of all information gathered on your phone, and is sending it to the remote server afterwards, would not drain your battery like a crazy.

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Most people get hacked through

From Ayyub on June 12, 2015 :: 10:30 am

Most people get hacked through encrypted picture messages or links. Google+ and facebook is the worst for hacks because of all the picture exchanging and posted links. Once an encrypted message is sent to your email even a factory reset does not work. The virus would be in your email and once you restore you phone you will use the same email wich wwill load all the same messages. Hence restoring the virus. You must clear your email messages before restoring your phone. Then they say to back up your files by doing this you will back up the virus….agai, once restoring your back ups you restore the virus. You have to trash all your pic and linked messages and or create a new email but then you lose any paid apps and youtube accounts. You must try to target the virus before factory reset and if you want to back up your stuff I suggest turning off your internet on your pc and mobile device get AVG, or Kaspersky or Avast or Bit Defender security software and install on to your pc and mobile full scan your pc and mobile if you mobile is clean move your pics to an external hardrive or your PC. Factory rest your phone after backing it up ( I preferably write down my contacts the old fashion way for I dont trust cloud or icloud it takes longer to input all the contacts but its safer ) then restore your internet connection on your mobile device type in your email and run another full scan

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That's not accurate

From Josh Kirschner on June 12, 2015 :: 3:53 pm

I have not seen any instances of spyware that can be installed through infected images or links. Installing spyware on a mobile device requires direct physical access to the phone in order to install the app.

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Spyware

From Nick nellos on November 30, 2018 :: 9:57 am

You can download a spy software app from ggoogle play. It cost like 29.00 for a month and you can spy on anyone. It can infect a phone through text and a picture. I have been hacked for the last 3 years. Have not been able to shake them. I have even had typing conversation s with them.

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What app?

From Josh Kirschner on December 01, 2018 :: 10:44 am

I’ve never seen an app on Google Play that can be installed through an image. What is the name of this alleged app?

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Backing up a phone that is compromised

From flora on April 14, 2015 :: 11:11 am

Hi I wonder if you could help.
I’m not 100% sure but I think my husband has been spying on my phone. We are going through a very difficult period and there are things that he could only know from reading my messages. I have an iphone 4 and it back’s up regularly to our mac computer. I’m thinking of upgrading my phone (rather than go back to factory settings) but i don’t want to lose my messages, contacts etc. If i back the phone up and then reload onto a new phone, will i also be loading any spyware that he may have loaded? He admits to reading my msgs but says he did so 8 months ago when i left it unattended - the stuff he knows is too recent however, so I’m not convinced. I thin something that I can’t find may be on the device. Please help.

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No, you won't reload spyware

From Josh Kirschner on April 15, 2015 :: 5:54 pm

The only way to load spyware on an iPhone is by jailbreaking it. So, if you buy a new iPhone, you won’t be loading any existing spyware onto it from your backups. (If you want to see if your current iPhone is jailbroken, apps such as Lookout Security will do that for you).

That said, there are many ways to spy on an iPhone without installing spyware. The easiest is simply to look at it when the other person isn’t around. That’s why you should always have a lock code on your device that others don’t know.

It’s also easy to spy on someone if they have access to your iCloud account - they can see your messages, your photos, your location, etc. So be sure to change your iCloud password ASAP, again, using a password someone who knows you well wouldn’t be able to guess. But…here’s the catch…if you have security questions the other person can guess, they can easily reset your password. The way around this is to turn on two-step verification in your iCloud account (get there through Manage your Apple ID in iCloud).

Finally, if your husband has access to your Mac, he can spy on you through that. Turning on iMessage in the Mac will deliver all of your texts right to the Mac iMessage app.

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Thank you

From Flora on April 16, 2015 :: 4:29 am

Thank you Josh for coming back to me so quickly. And it’s reassuring to hear that the backup won’t be an issue on a new phone. Thank you also for th top tip on Lookout security - shall look at that today.

In terms of backup’s these happen to our mac rather than the icloud - does that make any difference? In terms of what he can access / view?

Also him turning imessage on the Mac,would he need any access details? Would he need to log in as me or something? I have an itunes login and password but have never used the icloud…

Thanks again for your help - this information is very reassuring.

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Track your kids

From Alves on April 16, 2015 :: 5:08 am

Well yeah, that`s quite nice thing to be able to locate your kids whenever you want. Especially for those who lives in big city like NYC.

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Find my iPhone or some other app

From Naomi on April 17, 2015 :: 7:39 am

i dont think that Find my iPhone will save you when your idevice is aldready stolen. Moreover being so popular, hackers have already found the way to hack find my iphone before you can locate your device.

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Spy for reason

From Gabriela Moreno on April 20, 2015 :: 9:27 am

If you conduct a deep research you`d probably realize that there is great probability that your mobile device can be tracked. But do not worry usually such methods are being applied for the some famous people (congressmen or celebrities). Nobody is interested in yours everyday communication.

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16 mos.now of constant hacking.

From Deborah Drake Hines on April 24, 2015 :: 2:13 am

16 mos.now of constant hacking. I have been fighting it everyday with multiple devices. I am worn. I know he could not be that smart. I have no interaction or info to hack l. Still he monitors and controls all. Grrrrrrr.

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bullshit

From ric on April 29, 2015 :: 1:13 am

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im being tracked

From annomous on May 02, 2015 :: 12:13 am

hi all if someone can enlighten me pls I’ve been the subject of surveillance and also am being tracked through my mobile phone now i know this as ive gone to certain places to test this theory and have found every time my phones of sim card out and battery removed they cant find me then i put sim card in and turn it on and bam within five to ten min yep sure enough hear they are now this is with an android smart phone the only way ive found to stop it is to use an old 1990’s phone like the original red nokia’s the bricks then they can ring me on a private num and if i answer they can locate my phones signal and roughly find my general location but not precise I’ve tried downloading all types of anti malware apps didn’t work keep trying different programs all to no avail so what would a person like me do in this instance it has got so bad they now follow me around in a small signal engine light plane so I’m getting very upset they have surveillance cameras pointed at my house i know this as ive seen the halo effect the inferred lights emit so they can see my place of a night time. And no I’ll tell you no im not a criminal it’s complicated but involves a almost million dollar compensation claim i’m involved in so can anyone suggest any way to stop them tracing my location through my phone or am i just going to have to put up with it and no I’m not a fraud either just one pissed of individual that does not need to be followed they need to persecute the right criminal who was my severely fraudulent/negligent and very unsafe employer.
thanks and any advice would be appreciated

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is someone spying

From the kiara khan on May 14, 2015 :: 5:12 am

I was talking with my friend she is a girl then suddenly I heard a voice of boy and he is talking quite normally and my friend said that my phone hanged on but I thought I was talking to my friend but the voice of a boy was coming then I cut the phone again called her then the voice is normal.

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phones hack

From mike on May 14, 2015 :: 9:05 am

hi I have samsumg s4 & iphone 4 & I keep getting hack by some one messing about with my phones singals afew time ive been cut of my converstion on mobiles & frezze my phones only way use it again is to pull out the batt then turn back on again then stop severs going to my phones I do nt get data or can not use the net this on 4g & 3g take of the phones ive been reading up on this & research all do with programming I hope some one help me futher on this

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That doesn't sound like hacking

From Josh Kirschner on May 14, 2015 :: 10:35 am

If the only issue you are seeing is dropped calls and your phone freezing, that could be an issue with you phone that has nothing to do with hacking. Unless your iPhone is jailbroken (you can check using Lookout Security app), your iPhone isn’t hacked. I would try a full factory reset on both phones and see if that resolves your issue.

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Monitoring

From Joan Russell on May 25, 2015 :: 3:07 pm

I think it should be illegal for a employer to track your email and websites without letting you know about it in your home. I can see at work but in your home. If people think this is acceptable I think there is something very wrong and that our rights are being infringed upon big time.

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yes he can listen

From Kim Masterson-curci on May 26, 2015 :: 9:13 pm

I hate when people down play the fact that there are insecure people out there that need to know where their gfriend or bfriend is at all times.  These apps use to be pricey but now a days they are affordable.  This is the stuff law enforcement used in past.  They have newer stuff we can’t even imagine that in a few years we’ll have access to as well. Spying is big business.  People don’t like to admit it either that they are spying on their partner, child, employee, etc.  Someone’s buying up these apps, programs, gadgets, so likely??????????????  YES!!!  A person knows when their mate is on their trail, or overly paranoid.  Someone thinking their boyfriend is listening to them doesn’t just wake up thinking paranoid thoughts. Now a days you don’t even have to have someone get ahold of your phone to put spy programs in it.  All you gotta do is receive a pic message with attachment besides a picture and you’ll never know your info is all being seen by someone else.  Pretty creepy.  The only way to get rid of it is get a new phone and never tie your phone to your computer.  Then get rid of your boyfriend or go to counseling together to work through your issues.

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Is it legal for your

From Mary on June 07, 2015 :: 6:55 pm

Is it legal for your job to remote into your phone and find your location through GPS to see when you clock in and out of work? Also, are they only able to see where I am or will they have access to more information on my phone.

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Generally yes, if they notify you

From Josh Kirschner on June 08, 2015 :: 9:12 am

First the disclaimer: I’m not an attorney. However, from everything I’ve read, it would be perfectly legal for an employer to use your phone to clock you in and out of work, as long as you are notified of the tracking. Whether they have access to more information on the device depends on what software they installed. It’s certainly possible for them to track ALL the information about the device, with certain programs, though they would most likely need to have provided some notification. If it is a company owned device, you may have signed a document on employment notifying you the employer reserves the right to monitor all use of company owned equipment (including computers and cell phones).

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As far as I know,

From heililonie on June 15, 2015 :: 2:34 am

As far as I know, if somebody installed a spy on your phone like iKeyMonitor, then there may be something strange happening,for example, your screen will light up with no touching and it will become hot with no reason. If these thing happens frequently, you can consider that whether you are being monitored. First backup your data and then factory setting.Hope to help you.

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It is not always so bad.

From Geraty on June 17, 2015 :: 4:43 am

There is a time that my parents are monitoring me for they are afraid of me doing some bad thing. At that time , I know that the screen of my phone lights up without any reason,and the battery works short time, besides, there are some bad noise suddenly. My parents told me that I was monitored by a spy app. Now I grow up, and I also use a iKeyMonitor to onitor my little son to protect him. That’s a good way to protect the young children, I think.

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How to investigate if someone spying

From Semi jacki on June 24, 2015 :: 1:01 pm

Very interesting and purposeful post indeed. http://www.semispy.com/how-to-investigate-if-your-mobile-phone-is-under-spy-apps/. I have found another stuff like it’s very helpful article on semispy. I read these tactics and very much recommending this piece of information collectively. I am sure it will help to increase your effort in this article. Thanks for sharing.

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grt ready for the noise

From mattsaccio@gmailcom on June 25, 2015 :: 5:07 pm

Finally was able to send grin the papers to a civil suit laser and the ball is started to roll slowly

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snooping on my viber

From sima bageri on June 26, 2015 :: 4:13 pm

first of all i have clean master application on my android phone.last night i was chatting with one of my friends via viber, suddenly during our chat a message from clean master appeared on my screen and it was"this person tried to snoop on your viber” and my front camera opened and it tooked a photo.
i was really shocked please answer me that can i understand who was it?
thanks

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That's Clean Master's app lock

From Josh Kirschner on June 26, 2015 :: 4:35 pm

Clean Master has an “app lock” function that lets you prevent people from accessing specific apps you specify and can take a picture of those who try to access without knowing the password. You must have the app lock set for Viber and it must have gotten triggered while you were having your conversation. This is something either your did by accident or a bug in Clean Master. Either way, nothing to worry about.

For what it’s worth, I’m not a big fan of “cleaning” programs, as they often offer little benefit but can create problems of their own.

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Reading Different Posts

From Joan Russell on June 27, 2015 :: 8:47 am

I find that from reading all these posts spying has gotten out of hand. Whether it your employer, family, husband, nosy neighbors it shows how little privacy we have left. I think it should be illegal and find it disgusting. George Orwell’s 1984 is here. I thinks its sad.

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Can Police Monitor my Uber App?

From T.C. on July 07, 2015 :: 9:12 am

The taxi drivers in the city I live in are at war with Uber Ride Share app and it was reported today that the police will now be targeting Uber Drivers to fine them outrageous amounts of money. Anyway, I’m unsure how they plan to do this, but could they monitor my iPhone6 Uber App? How can/would I be able to tell and what could I do to stop this infringement on my personal rights and freedoms? Thx very much!

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No, they won't do that.

From Josh Kirschner on July 07, 2015 :: 12:33 pm

I’m sure the police won’t be monitoring your Uber app activity to fine drivers. The approach they may take would be to download the app themselves, set up rides and then fine drivers when they show up.

That said, I am surprised that Uber is operating in a situation where it is illegal for them to do so or that drivers would be willing to take that risk (as would be implied by the police announcing fines for Uber drivers). In similar situations, Uber has worked to resolve the legalities before commencing/continuing service.

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Put me at ease

From Lilly on July 12, 2015 :: 11:18 pm

My boyfriend found out about a conversation that my mother and I had on the phone. Ive reset my phone, then couple days later, he questioned me about another conversation I had with my bestie. Can an IPhone with T-Mobile number be hacked,  monitored and recorded?

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Only if jailbroken

From Josh Kirschner on July 13, 2015 :: 8:32 am

Generally speaking, iPhones cannot be monitored unless they are jailbroken. If your phone is not jailbroken, it is nearly impossible that your calls would be recorded. However, your iPhone call history can be backed up to iCloud and if someone has access to your iCloud account because they know your password they can see who you’ve been calling and when.

Using Lookout Security to scan your iPhone will tell you if the phone is jailbroken or your iOS is out of date (which can make it less secure).

Note that there have been some reports of new malware being able to affect iPhones through “enterprise permissioning”, which does not require jailbreaking the phone. However, the only examples reported are used by government spy agencies, not through commercial applications that would be available to consumers.

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someone getting my video's

From steve jaramillo on July 22, 2015 :: 4:37 pm

I did a video on my phone very private and I know who got them they never had position of my phone and I could not figure out how they got it but I own my own business and they showed my video one person that works for me and he showed it to everyone that works for me can I file charges to one or both of them.all fingers are pointing to them from a lot of people that I associate with.

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You should consult an attorney

From Josh Kirschner on July 23, 2015 :: 8:19 am

Laws vary by location, though more places are putting laws on the books that prevent sharing of compromising private videos without consent.

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It's unfortunate when people don't

From Eve on August 10, 2015 :: 8:01 pm

It’s unfortunate when people don’t have enough personal integrity not to violate your trust, and invade your privacy. It’s even more unfortunate that the law hasn’t caught up with technology. When or if they do, people guilty of this crime, and it is indeed a crime, a person who hacks your device and views or retrieves your information without explicit consent shall be punished to the same degree as a criminal who breaks into your house and steals your property. Whether I leave my door unlocked or not, NO ONE has that right to come in at their own free will. The solution is to do what u can to make yourself FEEL safe, but anyone who really wants to hack you will do if knowledgeable or persistent enough… So it would be wise not to do anything that you wouldn’t readily admit to. When you’re honest about who you are and what you do… people become somewhat disarmed in many ways.

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Internet Spying

From Joan Russell on August 11, 2015 :: 11:54 am

Most people are not doing something wrong. Constant snooping by nosy employers and friends can make one feel that there is no privacy left which is sad and becoming a reality. It like someone walking into your home without permission and stealing. I have no respect for those that monitor without telling you.

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Someone is aware when I use my iphone

From Rick on August 16, 2015 :: 6:56 pm

Latest updated iphone 6

The moment I start using my phone, I get an imessage from this girl that asks what I am doing.  10-15 times in about 3 weeks that this happens

When I answer differently, she says
Are you sure you are home?

Either a text message or a call
And I get calls from different numbers too
1-2 seconds answering and hanging up

Turned off location for multiple apps facebook
Turned off find my phone
No other apps of any kind that I see

What can I do to check how she sees that I am using my iphone?

Game Center?  Not my friend there
ICloud? How?

Changed my password

Can’t change my number


What can I do?

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I have the same prob with cops and spyware

From Erin Van Zante on August 24, 2015 :: 2:33 pm

My ex is a cop too. Father of 2 of my kids and stalker material for sure. I have noticed lately a bizzare amount of phone conversations that have been brought up in a way that implies that he has been listening. I have an unbroken iphone, but really, the cops DO have technology that can spy, I just read an article on something they have that can download everything off anyone’s cell within 2 minutes, and that (I think it was 49%) have been found guilty of using that technology for personal reasons. It makes me uncomfortable, there seems to be no way for the average Erin to check for sure, it would do no good to get a new phone, we share the kids 50-50, AND I never payed attention to my data usage, so I have no clue if there is a change, plus my daughter is on my plan. There is no “average” data usage to reference, and THIS SUCKS! I can’t believe with all the “high tech” stuff out there to screw you, that there is no “high tech” ways of finding out if you are being screwed until after you have already been f**kd. And it’s true, no cop I have ever known, (and if you are married to one you know plenty cuz no one else wants to hang around cops) play by any rules except for their own. Manipulation is the key ingredient.

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Stick with our advice and you should still be fine

From Josh Kirschner on August 24, 2015 :: 4:45 pm

The article you reference (I assume this one: http://thenextweb.com/us/2011/04/20/us-police-can-copy-your-iphones-contents-in-under-two-minutes/) is quite old. Those types of devices will not work with modern iOS or Android phones assuming 1) You have updated, recent firmware and 2) you have a lock code on your phone (one that ex can’t guess). And even with that device and an unlocked phone, it would allow you to download data, not call recordings.

In fact, getting data off phones is so difficult the FBI and many law enforcement officials have been lobbying for “backdoors” into phone encryption from manufacturers that will allow them to access data on a locked device because currently they can’t, even with a warrant.

So make sure your iPhone is updated with the latest iOS version, put a strong lock code on your phone, lock down your iCloud password and you should be safe. And be aware that there are other means of spying law enforcement would be familiar with, such as hidden cameras and microphones, that could also be used to listen in on conversations. Not to make you paranoid, or anything…

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Any luck?

From Roger Paschall on July 20, 2018 :: 1:24 pm

Have you since this post found a way to protect yourself?  I am in a similar situayion.

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