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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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could someone tell me why

From christine on August 26, 2015 :: 11:41 pm

could someone tell me why a google map with driving instructions from a location i am unfamiliar with to my home would just suddenly pop up while i was reading a message on messenger?
The location first said 7 minutes away and the person i was reading a message from is located 8 hours away. My phone was dying so i put on the charger after about 5 minutes i went back to the phone and the map was still on the screen indicating a latitude and longitude address and saying 50 ft away instead of 7 minutes. while looking at it and trying to find the source, it began retreating to 100 yds away.
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?

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Suspect phone bug!!!!!!

From Bonnie on September 01, 2015 :: 10:16 pm

Lately my IPhone 6 flashes when I am googleing images as if I were doing a screen shot! My soon to be ex son in law is a cop and the first one I suspect???? anyone else having this issue???

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Suspect soon to be ex son in law

From kim on September 02, 2015 :: 4:48 am

What could your son in law have on you or think he is going to get on you by spying on your phone?  Honestly I’d go get a new phone and number and make sure he never gets your new number.  Get a google voice or text now number and give that out as your number. I trust NO COP.  An ex family member cop…...........GET A NEW PHONE

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dear sir,

From raj on September 09, 2015 :: 8:40 am

dear sir,
      I have to enter security for sim changing information in my phone and let me tell that if I do factory data reset in my phone , the security or tracking software will work after reset phone or not ?

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query

From raj on September 09, 2015 :: 8:47 am

still the tracking software continue if I do factory data reset complete on my phone or not ?

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IT IS POSSIBLE TO STALK SOMEONE WITHOUT HAVING PHYSICALL ACCESS TO THEIR PHONE

From Misha on September 18, 2015 :: 2:03 pm

It really is possible to be tracking someone’s location without them knowing, and I know from personal experience. I was just taking a pic on my mum’s phone, because she asked me, I didn’t just take her phone, then looked in the gallery to see how it went and what I saw made my jaw drop. She had screenshots from the “Track My iPhone” app, and they were of MY IPHONE!!! I was shocked and disgusted that she would invade my privacy like that. I don’t know how to let her know that I’m aware she doesn’t trust me. (For no reason ! Those were pics of places I really was supposed to be that time !) Oh, and to let her know that I no longer trust her with anything because she is a stalking freak. I am disgusted and I just think she needs to realise that that is WRONG and twisted to spy on your kid like that. I mean, I wasn’t doing anything wrong and I was honest, meanwhile she didn’t talk about her fear of me lying or wnything, she just totaly invaded my privacy and made me well aware that she is a horrible hypocrite, who preaches about honesty, yet cannot be trusted even with the info about my phone. I am angry and disgusted to a point where I cannot even look at her.
So just be well aware, anyone who’s going to read this - they don’t need to get a hold of your phone to stalk you and spy on you ! My mum is unfortunately a living proof.

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Please help, strange things happening to phone

From Alyssa on September 29, 2015 :: 7:34 am

My Samsung galaxy ace style android has been acting up forever now. Yesterday it was turned off sitting on my bedroom stand , I walked in and it was turning on by itself. The day after by phone had died all the way and turned off (which I let happen all the time) but now won’t charge or turn on . I tried turning it on with out the battery while plugged in , it lights up and says Samsung then turns back off. I’ve tried 5 different chargers, different outlets, cleaned the gold prongs on the phone and battery, left it plugged in for hours, won’t even turn on to say its charging. Any ideas? Or is my phone burnt?

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Problem with my computer that is related to this topic

From nick on October 03, 2015 :: 10:28 pm

Hi. I have a problem i need to have solved. I had google chrome open to netflix but i wasn’t watching it and was doing work at my desk when i got a notification saying that I have been illegally viewing child pornography and that I have been put under investigation when I have never, in my life have, or ever will, go on a pornography site. I think my computer or account is being hacked and someone is doing illegal actions through my computer. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi my ex husband dprsnt

From Shanel John-Rampassard on October 07, 2015 :: 4:30 pm

Hi my ex husband dprsnt want to pay his child support and Every time I tried calling him am getting busy tone I call his phone company and they say his line is active so I know he did something to my numbers could you pls tell me what he did thanks

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Sounds like he blocked you

From Josh Kirschner on October 07, 2015 :: 4:39 pm

Sounds like he blocked your number. Not a spying issue.

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new phone same problem

From anthony on October 09, 2015 :: 5:34 am

I strongly suspected there was spyware on my galaxy S3. After getting a new phone, a galaxy S5 the symptoms continued. Could the spyware have come onto my phone with the transfer of apps and contacts.
Thank you

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I think that's highly unlikely

From Josh Kirschner on October 09, 2015 :: 11:07 am

What symptoms are you experiencing? I know of no spyware that can be transferred automatically to a new device. The only way to get it on there would be by someone who has physical access to both devices.

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new phone same problem

From anthony on October 09, 2015 :: 3:08 pm

Thank you for your response. Someone did have access to my S3. That phone had all the symptoms.
Shut downs 5-6x a day, screen would light-up at night. Always warm, a lot of data burn. Back grown noises at certain times of the day when talking to certain people for work. It was forensically checked( after I switched to a new phone). There was evidence it was hooked up to dump service. There was no reason it should of been. The new phone took 1.5 hours to get started. screen is now distorted. I had a meeting in mid September with management. That week burned 3.5GB of data, a lot of echo when speaking to people. I’m confused

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Where did you get your phone from?

From Josh Kirschner on October 09, 2015 :: 3:34 pm

Is this a phone you bought at a retail store or did you receive it from your employer? Has anyone else had access and do you have a lockscreen to protect it (which only you know the code to)?

Again, without physical access, it’s very unlikely to have spyware installed. Though the issues you’re describing are odd, there could be something wrong with the phone hardware or its setup that is creating the issue. If you look under Mobile Data in your Android Settings, does it say which app is burning up your data?

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new phone same problem

From anthony on October 09, 2015 :: 4:35 pm

I got the phone for the ATT store only hours after I felt someone tried to take it from my desk again.
It only gets stranger, All the data use is showing up on my sons phone who is on my account. He is always on the Wi-Fi at home. I check his phone when I get an alert. My phones shows almost no data use, alarm clock shows 5% the highest.
No one had physical access to the new phone but can apps be transferred from the other phone?

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Doesn't sound like spyware

From Josh Kirschner on October 09, 2015 :: 9:46 pm

If the data use is on your son’s phone, then he’s not running on Wi-Fi. I would take a closer look at what he’s doing with that phone. It has nothing to do with your phone or spyware.

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Is this possible

From Bane on October 12, 2015 :: 8:41 am

I found a profile of my husband on a “hook up” website. The profile picture is a picture taken from his phone (he is holding the phone in front of a mirror to take pic), his age and hair color is correct, lists the town he lives in. Messages to girls have accurate info (married, working out of town in kansas Monday-friday, lives in missouri working in Kansas, even says the specific project he’s working on. In addition he let me look at his browser history and the website is in his browser history over and over again

He said he had to have been hacked that he didn’t write any of it. I try to trust him but this is really damning. Could he have been hacked or could a hacker possibly know all this info?

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I think you already know the answer

From Josh Kirschner on October 12, 2015 :: 9:01 am

Is it possible for someone to create aa fake profile for someone?  Absolutely. But the “selfie in the mirror” certainly wasn’t faked. Why would he take that? And the browser history can only happen from someone who isis actively browsing on that computer.

So is it possible that someone hacked his phone or photo backup and stole his selfie? Then managed to get a trojan onto his computer to get full control of his PC? Then created a fake profile and used it to correspond with women over time? Yes, it’s possible. But it’s highly unlikely and just doesn’t add up.

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That is kind of what

From Bane on October 12, 2015 :: 9:25 am

That is kind of what I thought. I have one more piece of info I need to get straight before I bring it up. The cell phone listed in the messages is 573-694-9263. 2 days before the messages in the website started he got a text message from this number that just said “hey”. You can’t contract a virus or malware just from opening a message right?

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It's possible, but...

From Josh Kirschner on October 12, 2015 :: 11:31 am

There is a vulnerability identified in Android called “Stagefright” that could allow your phone to be hacked via MMS (not SMS). But there is no evidence of hackers taking advantage of the exploit and most recent phones have layers of protection that would prevent any significant access to your device.

Even if the phone were hacked, that wouldn’t explain the browser history on his PC. And the selfie in the mirror?

Have you tried calling that phone number to see who answers?

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I did call the cell

From Bane on October 12, 2015 :: 12:18 pm

I did call the cell phone and it rang with no answer when I called at midnight Thursday and 6:30 in the morning on Friday. When I called friday morning around 9 it was shit off (no ring, straight to automated message, no voicemail) and it’s been shirt ever since. I called it this morning as well   Thanks for all your help. I just like to have all the information before I make decisions!

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Help

From Bob on October 15, 2015 :: 11:43 pm

So, I’m not really sure what to do.  I’m pretty sure my phone has spyware installed and only one person has my screen unlock password and physical access to my phone.  The dilemma is this, if I confront her and I’m wrong it could devastate our marriage. The trust would be gone.  If I remove the spyware it will tip her off that I found it and could have similar result.  If i leave it on there i will remain paranoid.  I belie. It was only recently installed, but can anyone help me find out when it was installed?  I’m between. A rock and a hard place here.  What is the ethical thing to do? What is best for the marriage.  Any advice?  Help please.  It is driving me insane.

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Why are you "pretty sure"?

From Josh Kirschner on October 23, 2015 :: 1:01 pm

If you scan your phone with Lookout Security or one of our other recommended apps (or a combination of a couple), it will likely flag whether your phone has spyware. Then you can be “very sure”. It would be up to you at that point whether to uninstall it or leave it in place.

On Android, if you go to Settings, Apps, you will see a list of installed apps and the date when they were installed.

How you finding spyware and deleting it would destroy the trust, is eluding me, though. If the spyware is there, it seems pretty clear the trust is already gone.

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Other Signs?

From Belle on October 19, 2015 :: 1:56 pm

Hi,

How long does it take to install one of these apps? I suspect my bro-in-law snooped on my phone while I ran into the bathroom for five or so minutes. I know he’s a control freak with my sister, and suspect he tracks her phone, and wouldn’t put it beneath him to track mine.

The one thing I’ve noticed is that my phone made an outgoing call to his phone, at a time I never even was using my phone.

Maybe I’m paranoid because I know how he is with her, and I know how he is!

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It doesn't take that long.

From Josh Kirschner on October 23, 2015 :: 12:54 pm

If you know what you’re doing, it may only take a few minutes to install one of these apps on a phone. If you want to check your device for spyware, download Lookout Security or another one of our recommended anti-spyware apps and give your phone a scan.

Also remember that the easiest way to prevent this type of situation is to have a secure lock code on your phone. If your device is locked, then even if someone else gets physical access, they won’t be able to get into the phone.

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Any changes to installing spayware remotely since this article was published?

From Alex Tamez on October 22, 2015 :: 7:54 am

I suspect my jealous wife has installed spyware on my phone. I have followed the recommended steps like resetting my phone. However every time I do that (yes I have done it twice to confirm)I get a private/(blocked) phone call no one says anything until I decide to hang up. This is too much coincidence don’t you think? Please help…

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Not really, you issue sounds like spam

From Josh Kirschner on October 23, 2015 :: 12:49 pm

There has been a security hole identified (Stagefright) that could allow a hacker to control your phone via MMS. However, there haven’t been any known exploits in the wild. Every spyware program I’m aware of still requires physical access to the device to install it.

The issue you’re having with private/blocked callers with only silence is very typical of spam calls. I get them at home all the time and it’s not typically a feature I’ve seen associated with spyware.

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was ask to give the 2 digit code send to my cell to a friend

From lisa on October 25, 2015 :: 4:28 pm

a friend of mine recently ask me to check the 2 digit security code on my cell phone that he apparently requested to have send to my cell phone he then ask me to tell him what the code was. I am not sure what it means and would very much appreciated if you could please explain it to me. the information I got was that my cell phone maybe tracked or hacked into.

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"secretly intercepting electronic communications without

From Jackie on October 25, 2015 :: 10:18 pm

“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.”

Really?  If the above is true, the only good reason is if he consents.
I spy on my husbands work phone and whereabouts.  It’s my right to know. Am I going to wait till somthing happens?  HECK no!

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Most likely he knows your Apple ID AND

From Kim Masterson-curci on October 25, 2015 :: 11:15 pm

Your Password you have set for it. and he tracks You through the find my iPhone app he can put on his phone even if it’s not an iPhone.  He just signs in like he is you and goes to the find my iPhone app and he can view currently where you are.  Also be aware that since he can view your location by way of your phone he can also read your email, check out all your contacts, read your notes. Etc etc etc…..
You need to back up your data on phone to your computer .  Wipe your phone clean. And start fresh. Fresh phone, fresh life then reset it and use a Brand new Apple ID the boyfriend doesn’t know you have and get yourself a hard password or two step verification.  I bet that takes care of that. Of course you can be tracked by a lot of other things as well. If you want to be safe turn off all location tracking in settings. Only turn it on if you need to look at a map then turn it off.

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Try this, it worked for me

From Tom on October 29, 2015 :: 11:39 am

Just wanted to leave a comment about a tool I used to scan my iPhone recently. Its called Certo iPhone and claims to detect jailbreak and spyware.  It’s not free but well worth it in my opinion.

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give a correct solution..

From jayanthi on November 01, 2015 :: 1:39 am

I made a call to my friend.Third person voice was heard by me while we are taking via mobile phone.Another day same problem arises. But both me and my friend did not make hold or conference call like that.How can I identify the third
person ? or how can I save my voice call with others? Please reply the solution of my problem as soon as possible.

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phone hacked via imei

From Martin Sephton on November 25, 2015 :: 1:32 am

Can anyone tell me how it is possible for someone to keep gaining access to my mobile number via my imei number of my phone when i was being harrassed the harrassment was reported to the police and dealt with but for curious purposes how is it possible for someone to find out my number when I had changed it numerous times by getting several new SIM cards to avoid the person which went to no avail.

Help would be hugely appreciated if ppssible

Thanks

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Help

From Person.1 on November 29, 2015 :: 7:48 am

I have a problem. My little sister got a weird message from her friend with spam. Her friend sayd that she didnt send it. After she got that message her phone started acting weird. I managed to put the phone on safe mode and it stopped, but im still a bit worried.

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My wife and I have

From Francis on November 29, 2015 :: 2:00 pm

My wife and I have been being stalked for about 3 years now by someone who gets our text msgs, sees call logs and emails etc.  They text and call our phones and friends phones from the same number.  Is there a way to find out who it is? They are using a pinger number or some other fake number website. We have been to the police filed the reports but have been told nothing can be done about it.  Any suggestions.  I have looked and see now spyware on either phone

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worst family, and city in the world

From andria thompson on December 03, 2015 :: 1:33 pm

My family is the worse family anyone can ever have.  My sister and my mother kidnapped my children and they expect ransom money from me and I don’t have it.  I was in California minding my own business when people there started saying some of the same things that my ex co-workers used to harass me about when I was working for that company.  I opened a sexual harassment case against so many of them:  Eric Millner, Anthony Beaucamp, Christy Scoggins, Matt, Brian Parks, Tonya Davy, etc. and now my sister (Antronette Malone) is involved.  For all I know she helped falsify the documents and forge the signatures.  I kept saying things about it via the internet media sights and then they plotted against me and took my children away because they wouldn’t even allow me to access my unemployment account to even be able to apply.  Kelly at the unemployment office lied and said the unemployment office denied my claim and I hadn’t even applied yet.  I have my evidence, but if I present it they will keep my children as ransom and I’m afraid for them.  I don’t want them hurt.  I’ve never had my children away from me for any length of time but due to this.  And you know my stupid mammy even helped and she never even gave me a chance to explain my sides of the story.  I hate them.  they lie all the time and I always find them credible, but no that’s how these tramps are, they always believe someone over me and then waited til I moved to try and help hack my shit.  I say that if the FBI does through your asses in jail along with the rest of them, good, because I don’t understand how you can hate the way you do and then expect me to come back and feel like you have my best interest at heart- you don’t and I never want to see your asses ever again.  If you’re looking for money I don’t have it.  I also called the Amber alert- national line to report my children kidnapped and they wouldn’t even take the case, I guess as usual black children don’t matter.  I guess when have to make room for the Sarahs and the Suzys and Billys and Micheals in this world.  I can’t give you any money, so they I guess will keep my children until I can pay up, what? I don’t know.  This situation is happening in Louisville, Kentucky as we speak.  Please send help if you have the man power to put these hackers to bed and get the FBI on their cases.

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hacked or cloned

From Karen Roush on December 16, 2015 :: 9:32 pm

I recently moved out of an abusive home my husband and son cloned or hacked my phone and tablet so they can watch my every move I’m in danger please help

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I am not able to

From Manu on December 20, 2015 :: 9:32 am

I am not able to change my iCloud password or my email address to which verifying questions hints are send…what should I do ??i need my privacy please help

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been hacked by my ex

From David pledger on December 20, 2015 :: 9:50 pm

How do I stop her from being able to read all my stuff and she goes and rubs it in my face she can see all my email and all my bank information and I don’t no how to make it so she can’t do this she says all u got to have is someone telephone number and u can do whatever u want to me this needs to stop can anyone please help me

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There's more to it than that

From Josh Kirschner on December 21, 2015 :: 2:20 pm

As I’ve said in past posts, I have yet to see any way of hacking a cell phone with just a phone number. That said, if you know someone’s number, it makes it easier to gain access to their accounts via social engineering means (i.e., tricking you into giving it up). Here is one example explained: http://thehackernews.com/2015/06/how-to-hack-email-account.html.

The best advice is to follow our tips for what to do when your email has beens hacked to ensure your ex doesn’t have access to your accounts: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/what-to-do-when-your-email-gets-hacked/.

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What is this. ..

From Lora on December 22, 2015 :: 7:41 am

Hi,hopefully you can offer some insight.recently purchased a Samsung galaxy mobile from Walmart.com, prepaid no contact service.  I always check app permissions,  but these apps are pre-installed and can’t be uninstalled, they restart after I force stop them too. The calculator app has ALL permissions granted, andinfo says .secretcodeIME. also lots of strange unknown apps, (silentlogging, run sysscope, tcpdumpservice) are these all normal?

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I have pre-installed apps on

From Anonymous on December 22, 2015 :: 7:49 am

I have pre-installed apps on my Samsung galaxy device im concerned about,  mainly the calculator app that has all permissions allowed and info says android.secretcodeIME..can’t uninstall. Is this normal?  Other odd apps too. (Tcpdumpservice, silent logging, mirror) what are these, they sound malicious

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Hello can anyone tell me

From James on January 03, 2016 :: 3:39 am

Hello can anyone tell me how I can tell if my wife is looking at my Web searches I am on a plan with her with att and have a galaxy tab4

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Abusiness ex

From V on January 16, 2016 :: 6:47 am

Hi,

I recently got rid of a tech nerd boyfriend who was rather abusive and controlling, he was very knowledgeable about phones and what not, esp androids. I have a note 4 and believe he as installed a Spyware on it while I was asleep. Please help, I am lightweight afraid for my safety.

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Government can turn your phone remotely and you spy

From zeybaharsyah on January 23, 2016 :: 4:37 pm

http://womenneedtoknow.com In a recent interview that NBC had with Edward Snowden came out some interesting facts about mobile phones. Even when it’s off, you are not safe from the spying practices of governments.

We are gradually all be aware that telephone calls are monitored and that the content of e-mail and social media activities are widely collected by government agencies.
Most probably still be in the illusion that as long as you do not use your cell phone may happen much. Nothing could be further from the truth, according to Edward Snowden.
The US government has the ability to activate a mobile phone remotely and secretly turn on the microphone and the camera of the device.
It’s not just the US intelligence that can do this, but also the Russian, Chinese and any other service in the world that has access to a decent budget to purchase the necessary technical hardware and software.
Once you turn on your phone it is ‘them’. They can listen through the microphone on the camera and can take pictures of you and see what you’re doing via the built-in camera in the phone.
Now it’s not that they do this standard at all. It is based on suspicions they have with certain people, but they can do it on your phone if they so wished.
It goes a step further. If you think you’re safe with your phone does not turn on, forget it. According to Edward Snowden, they can even turn on a cell phone turned off. Just as apps on your phone and you can turn history into Google to search.
The only thing they have not remotely can replace the battery if you took it out of your device. That is the only sure method if you want to make sure you can not be spied on via your mobile phone.
Meanwhile, Edward Snowden is still stuck in Russia and he refuted accusations that he meanwhile, the Russians would work. “I have no relationship with the Russian government. I’ve never met the Russian president. I get no money from the Russian government. But, what really matters is that I am not a spy. “
“It was never my intention to end in Russia.” The reason he never has flown to Cuba to continue from there goes to South America because the US for this flight canceled his passport.
He says he would like to return to his homeland because he misses his family and friends and even, believe it or not, his old job.
John Kerry, the lying American Foreign Minister, this week proclaimed prankster of the week. He called Snowden last week a fugitive and called him to be a guy and come back to America, because he said, “If he cares so much for America and believes in America, he must also have confidence in the US justice system. ”

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From sarah on January 30, 2016 :: 10:08 pm

okay so i got this text message from some random number sending me a phone tracker app link, but i never clicked the link, and i asked who it was, and how did they get my number… and ever since then my phone has been acting weird like someone is watching it, is that possible? even tho i didnt click the link.

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how to track down a tracker

From carly on March 12, 2016 :: 6:43 pm

I need help… I am almost certain with the three months of research I have done, that I am being tracked/monitored on my cell phone. Unfortunately I can not get a new one, but really just want to know how I can track down and prove who the culprit is!!!
Yes I have reset it… but they have access due to the fact that he is my boyfriend. I do not want to set off any alarms till I have that one piece of undeniable proof. I am so close but just need to know exactly how I can trace it back to his phone or laptop. I think it has something to do with using a USB to connect one another via our shared WiFi network…. but… again…. thats why I’m here!!! Please help!!! I have become savvy enough to dig deeper than the regular person…. just not enough to catch him/ red handed.

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Hi, I have a question.

From Christie on March 18, 2016 :: 4:38 pm

Hi, I have a question. I bought a flip phone and I pay month to month with Wind. I read in one of your earlier comments that someone could hack your phone if they find out your phone carrier’s web portal. Where is that information located? Would it be in the papers they give you after you purchase your phone, concerning your plan? And is it possible for my flip phone (on a month to month plan) to be hacked? Thank you very much in advance.

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IMED the info on the box your phone came in

From Kim on June 28, 2016 :: 12:08 pm

We buy new phones and we think nothing of the package it came in. We toss it in the closet, a drawer the trash whatever. But there’s some valuable info there right in the box.  With the info on box and then knowing it’s a sprint or Verizon phone whichever they go online and can see who you call and even your messages and with the IMED they can clone your phone. For me it was that I texted more than talked on phone and my minutes on voice calls were very high. Also keep track of your data.  You’ll notice a lot of data use not yours.  You can go into setting and set your phone to not down load any third party apps. Also set your phone to not have apps working in the background. There’s an app that lets you take a picture of anyone trying to get into your phone.  Oh you can also go into settings and look at your web site your phones visited. There’s clues in that. Also see what’s used the most of your battery up.  Then WALK INTO THE CELL PHONE STORE AND TALK DIRECTLY TO THE MANAGER OF THE STORE AND TELL THEM YOU WANT A DIFFERENT phone!!  Virus and malware comes in emails and texts and bad websites. I got one from an email from my bank that wasn’t my bank. Looked just like it was from my bank. I had to get a brand new phone. Just be careful who you accept email and text messages from.  It’s creepy what technology can do these days. If you can imagine it then it’s out there.

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