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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 :: 764 comments

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[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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phone spying

From luk on December 16, 2014 :: 1:46 am

my friend came along me with a beeping device - i know there was a reason why he did it and dunno what was that device—small beeping—i know they were spying on me,they knew what i was doing… can anyone tell me what kind of device is it…

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how can this be done

From dianna on December 20, 2014 :: 10:37 am

I trust my boyfriend and stuff but I get the feeling sometimes at other women send him naked photos of them and I just like to know cuz I do have his number if there’s a way I can get to his phone and just to see. but I’m not doing it to spy on him I just want to make sure that’s not happening

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just get a Windows Phone.

From James on December 21, 2014 :: 5:35 am

Windows phones are safer than iPhones and infinitely safer than android phones. Its not possible to jailbreak them, which means its not possible to install secret software. The only tracking software you can install requires your pin and your Microsoft password, and only emails the owner of the phone, or someone listed as the parent of the owner of the phone in the Microsoft eco system, so everyone is very clear than logging is turned on.

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Never say never

From Josh Kirschner on December 21, 2014 :: 10:28 pm

I haven’t researched Windows Phone spyware in detail, but I would be careful to suggest that it’s “not possible” to instal tracking software. Things are only impossible until proven not, and we’ve seen that a fair amount with technology recently.

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Cell Phone Spy app

From samantha david on December 22, 2014 :: 1:52 pm

Very well effort there. If you are trying to say that what to do when you are being spying, i will truly appreciate you content wise. myonespy also give such kind of opportunity to solve when you are in danger. will you please mention it for getting some close to check what is going on behind the scene actually.

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Unexplained Text Message

From Daniel Ivers on December 22, 2014 :: 2:48 pm

Hi Josh. A girl I am seeing, received a text message from my number today with the message reading “Its over lol :D X”

After some convincing that it was not me that sent the message she sent me a screen shot of her message inbox on her phone, the message was sent at 12.49pm, now here’s the thing I was home alone at that time, with my phone beside me on my bedside locker. There was no message in my message inbox of that sort.

Im wondering is my phone being spied on and maybe potentially compromised. Im thinking who ever sent the message has looked at previous messages and used my common text talk in the message, as the message has “lol” a smiley face and an x which I only use with her in text talk

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What phone do you have?

From Josh Kirschner on December 22, 2014 :: 3:31 pm

Are you using an iPhone, Android or other? If iPhone was it sent via your carrier’s SMS or iMessage?

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Android

From Daniel Ivers on December 22, 2014 :: 5:06 pm

Im using a Sony Experia Z3 compact android phone… I logged onto my service providers website to check the message log and it confirms a message was sent at 12:49pm, and I am 100% sure it was not sent by my phone

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Couple of possibilities

From Josh Kirschner on December 22, 2014 :: 10:55 pm

Is it possible someone had access to your phone at some point and could have scheduled a text to go out at a future time to play a joke on you?

Thinking there may be a simpler answer here than some sort of spyware. Of course, scanning with one of our recommeded antimalware apps is always a good idea, too.

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help

From abdifatah on January 04, 2016 :: 8:17 am

can you help me to know some thing about how to keep my sms sent messages from deleting in my sonyericson C510 Mobile phone

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A lot more out there

From Silverhill on December 23, 2014 :: 11:57 am

There are tons of spying sofwares available on the market, that couldn’t be easily found .Yiu need some sort of tech skills. How a non techie person could find a spyware that is hidden on his/her cellphone and spying round the clock.

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My husband and I can see what each of us is searching on the internet from our Iphones

From Guiseppa Gubler on January 01, 2015 :: 10:36 am

I noticed this little icon on the screen of my Iphone when I went to get on.  It was in the bottom left hand corner.  When I touched it and swiped it up, it took me straight to my Safari ap and opened it, showing me a website.  It happened to be the website my husband was looking at at that very moment.  He can also do this on his device and see what I am searching.  It’s a little annoying and I’d like it to stop.  Is it some kind of spyware on my phone or is it something else.  Please help.

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sms hacking

From jimmy khan on January 12, 2015 :: 7:01 am

please advise if it possible to have my phone hacked by someone without having any access at all to my phone.
my friend says he has messages from my 2nd handset but no one know i have that handset.i use that only twice in say a month but says he used a a company who can get all info but they dont know that number.
can they pick up signal or communication from 2nd handset by my main handset being nearby or are they using other technology
what are ways of getting that information or are they just bluffing ?
i am concerned how they are getting info

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YES

From hello on January 25, 2015 :: 10:56 pm

regardless of what’s being said your phone can be hcked into without the person ever touching your phone….  (speaking from experience of a friend’s prank)


FOLLOW THESE STEPS

1. Message, email, text people that you ACTUALLY KNOW (close friends and family)

2. Stay away from sites and ads of people CL for example

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How are these iphones hacked?

From Concerned Mom on July 17, 2016 :: 4:00 pm

My son is facing some serious allegations at the moment and it centers on a sms text message on his iphone log that he NEVER sent. It appeared on his sms record and was sent to another phone number. How is this fabricated?

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phone issues

From Mona Archer on January 20, 2015 :: 9:49 pm

Ok when I text my mom there is another number showing up along with mine on her text history on her phone account. At first it was just one person texting her that the number was showing up after now it is my brother and myself.

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I want spy app logs through navigation

From David Alvin on January 21, 2015 :: 9:40 am

well written article indeed. I have done vast research in spy apps for cell phones and tablets. I am in search of a spy app which provide control panel through navigation. I don’t want to browse any more. Is there anyone can do favour me in this regard.

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"...Of course, secretly intercepting electronic

From mike on January 22, 2015 :: 12:17 am

“...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….”

murder is also illegal but do you tell your son your going to it also if you had good reason????

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Cell spy Navigation app available

From Cell spy app through Navigation on January 23, 2015 :: 6:32 am

Very impressive material written in this article, I read most of comments too. I want to answer second last comment which is asked by David. Yes there is an app which give logs in control panel through built in navigation feature in it. I have question the same as you did here and i found positive and effective material through different answers and i surly want to share it to you, because all members have answered same with different referral links and mentioned theonespy as the navigator app
http://www.quora.com/Is-there-any-cell-phone-spy-app-which-runs-through-navigator

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Lost/Stolen iPhone -- Can it be located OR erased?

From Ron on January 27, 2015 :: 12:34 am

Just a few days ago, I presumed that my iPhone 5 must have dropped from its belt clip as I walked through a parking lot and into a store.  I discovered it missing while inside the store, and immediately retraced my steps to and from my vehicle and store.  On my last trip out to my auto, I noticed a young man who seemed to almost mirror my movements in the next parking isle.  I watched him rather intently (ok, suspiciously) while I got in my auto, and noted that he was parked only a few cars further out.  I waited for him to leave, and he took a rather long time—almost as if he was waiting on me to leave first.  He just struck me as acting quite suspicious.  Anyway, he could very well have followed me into the store, and at the very least, found my phone if it fell from its clip. What he (or whoever ended up with it) could do with it from that point on is evidently wide open.

Now: I never signed up with the Cloud and have no account activated with it, so their recovery/location services are pretty much not an option. 

My carrier (AT&T) said that I could use my old iPhone 3 with a new SIM card until I decide if I am going to get another new phone; and I have done that.  Today, I used the “Map” app (gps)on my old phone for a quick location of an area I was in, and everything with locations was precise.  But, upon turning the phone back on when I got home, it shows my “current location” to be “800 N. Main Ave., Miami, FL” ... I am in (far) NW Florida, about 1000 miles away. COULD THAT LOCATION BE FOR MY LOST/STOLEN PHONE?

A little “FYI” or food for thought for all the smart phone addicts out there:  I was skeptical of iCloud being “un-hackable”, and was therefore very reluctant to trust backing up all my info/data ‘somewhere out there’.  But, now I am more concerned with ‘someone out there’ in possession of the info/data on my phone.  At very least, if I had used iCloud, I could have either located the phone and/or reset it, deleting a lot of stuff no one else has any right to seeing. 
  So, if you are on the fence about utilizing the cloud, I can tell you it is a very sickening feeling, indeed, to wonder if someone, somewhere is looking into everything you have on your phone.

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I need help all my

From patty on January 28, 2015 :: 7:08 am

I need help all my staph from my phone is going to my boy friends phone I saw something popped up and it was text messages web all the goods can u please help me find out how to get this off my phone

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is it possible

From Heather on January 29, 2015 :: 8:47 am

My ex has told me that he sees every text message from my phone. They go to his email I have no idea if his email address or anything. Is there a way I can stop it…please help

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Hello

From Darrin on December 10, 2018 :: 2:49 am

Isuggest reading these comments and following the admins advice, tree are a few comments that tell you how.if you needsomeone to walk you through it then just reply to this message and I’ll help. Good luck!

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tell me how?what I should do.

From Norah on January 30, 2015 :: 10:08 pm

I have a galaxy s2. Seven months ago I noticed some one was spying on my phone. It was restarting and shutting down on its own. My husband kept telling me that I was imagining it.
But, later on a relative actually admitted that she was spying on me with her sister. Her sister lives over seas, and had so much hopes to marry my husband. But things didn’t work out. She obviously didn’t get over it.
After that incidence I encrypted my phone. But, still it didn’t work. She still reads my message, my viber, and everything I do.
She did not have physical access to the phone.
She lives over seas.
I read that she can get the phone ID number from the websites I visited. I don’t have os updates. My phone is the older version. It keeps saying no frameware.
I’m so sick of this. I will go to the police and file a complaint against the relative who lives closer to me.
How can I prove it? I need to revenge. I also need to stop this spying issue.
I read that she could be spying through play store. I opened running apps on my phone and found seven of them running. I uninstalled them all. How can I find the spying apps on my phone. Also she hacked my contacts phones.
I’m dealing with a sick b. How can I stop this.

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I forgot to tell you

From Norah on January 31, 2015 :: 1:37 am

I forgot to tell you that she was able to change my Facebook password and lock me out of it. I couldn’t get access into my account.
She reads my messages,viber, whats app, gmail. Even my google searches. My phone contacts.
If she has my phone ID. The specific number located in settings, about device. Then even if I do factory reset she will still get access to my phone. How is she doing that?
How can I get evidence that she’s spying on me? Help me, please.
I wanna go to the police, and file a complaint. But I want to have evidence so I be able to press charges against her.

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Sounds like a password issue, not a phone issue

From Josh Kirschner on February 09, 2015 :: 12:18 pm

I have yet to see any evidence of spyware that can be installed without physical access to a device.

Based on what you’re telling me about access to your Facebook account and other things she can access, it sounds much more likely that your password for your Gmail have been compromised than spyware installed on your phone. This could happen either because she guessed your password (i.e., you picked a bad one), you shared it with someone you shouldn’t have, you logged on to your account using your relative’s computer, you fell for a phishing attempt or that relative was able to install spyware on your PC.

Once she has access to your Google password, she can see your searches, read your mail, reset passwords on other sites and generally play havoc with your life. And they can also install apps to your phone through your Play account, and those apps could be causing issues, though they shouldn’t be able to activate any true spyware without direct access to set up the app.

My recommendation would be to take steps to secure your accounts. This article provides steps: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/what-to-do-when-your-email-gets-hacked/

As far as proof, that’s very hard to do. You may have to hire a forensic security consultant (very expensive and may not provide much insight) and get your relative to admit to the spying, Given they’re based overseas, that makes things even trickier. I don’t think you’ll have much luck, unfortunately.

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Devictomize from spying

From Mirza Atif on January 31, 2015 :: 6:24 am

Great Article about it. Most of spy apps are available to detect spyware. but being spying is a good approach to show stinky mind that Yes! you can just see what i am doing and still you cannot do anything.

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HELP ME OUT!!!

From help ME OUT!!! on February 07, 2015 :: 4:50 pm

Hey,this app is in iphone also in cydia
And I think my brother got this app..and he’s spying on me…
I’m worried…and I just wanted to know… Which apps he can check? Can he check Hike also?
And please please please tell me a way to remove it.

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haking

From shaqwita on February 09, 2015 :: 6:53 am

I feel that somek e were I live has my phon be under control because wifi from others are all way log I and if some calls my say it’s no on but I can call out sometimes it want let me call out but I get message

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My guess would be that

From Shee Dee Bee on February 10, 2015 :: 6:17 pm

My guess would be that the girlfriend has a phone she uses JUST for him. She likely has a phone black on it that blocks all numbers ESPECIALLY blocked calls and is set to only answer to his number.

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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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Spying

From Pamela on January 20, 2019 :: 10:43 am

Someone is spying your phone.
No,
you are not crazy .

And it’s probably the person doing it who says, you are crazy or freaking out

But the good news is
Your Gut instinct is never wrong and it will never fail you

Many times i have been in the middle of reading an article or doing a test on my phone , all of a sudden the information just rolls up and disappears.
Lately , when I’m on my phone doing a buisness conversation and about to close the deal,  my phone suddenly hangs up.

This happens frequently .

When someone is spying on you remotely ,your battery will drain within an hour fromm 100% to 5% or less because of the hidden app it is running on remotely
Hope this helps

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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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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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