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Is Someone Spying on Your Phone?

by on May 28, 2020
in Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy :: 881 comments

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[Editor's note 5/28/2020: Since this article was written nine years ago, many new phone hacking methods have been developed and/or discovered. In addition, cell phone operating systems have evolved significantly. 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:]

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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Any way to save videos?

From FAB on August 10, 2012 :: 6:27 pm

Thank you for all the Great info. and advice Josh! I will be using it all!:) One additional question…I am getting ready to reset my phone, I have backed up/synced my phone, is there any way to save my videos—the ones I have personally recorded? They are too big to email to myself…any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!


Yes, that's simple to do

From Josh Kirschner on August 11, 2012 :: 10:26 am

You can easily download videos onto any PC using a USB cable.

1. From the Home screen, press the Menu Key, then
touch Settings ➔ USB Settings ➔ Mass Storage.
2. Attach your phone to the computer with a USB cable. Your phone recognizes the connection and displays USB Storage in use.
3. At the prompt on the computer, select a transfer method.
4. Transfer files from the memory card (they’re usually in a folder called “DCIM/Movies”, “DCIM/Camera” or something similar.

If your videos are stored on your microSD card, you can also just pop that out and stick it in your computer (you will likely need a microSD to SD adapter - very cheap and available at Best Buy or Radio Shack, if you don’t already have one).


facebook and google maps

From hannah on August 13, 2012 :: 2:05 pm

hi i have just recently noticed that on my facebook messages they is a little tear drop like symbol,not just on my name but on quite a few of the people who i send or recieve messages from ,now if you were to click on that symbol it takes you to google maps and pin points the exact house i or them are in,the exact door number,i have searched my facebook settings to try and find out what it is but i cant find anything please can anyone help me on this, kind regards


Phone tracking

From Rich Fitzgerald on August 13, 2012 :: 3:31 pm

Very good article. I will share with others. I didn’t read through all the comments, but want to offer that I have found the Google Latitude feature on my family’s smart phones very useful. My children are all over 21, but we are connected by Google Latitude and they only turn it on when they are travelling which is when I care. They know I care which is very nice acknowledgement that I am not overbearing. Otherwise, I don’t really want to know where they are.


RE: Thanks Josh I have another question

From kate on August 13, 2012 :: 4:39 pm

hi josh, i wrote to you back on 8/7…i just wanted to respond and say “thank you” for helping me try to figure things out…i checked icloud and “find my Iphone” is turned off…thank you for your response ... i appreciate your help!


You're very welcome!

From Josh Kirschner on August 13, 2012 :: 4:47 pm

You’re very welcome!


identity stolen

From MH on August 14, 2012 :: 8:56 pm

Hi. My identity was just stolen and I just received a suspicious phone call. Could they have somehow hacked into my phone to hear my calls or be using my phone number? I looked up the number and it says it’s a landline with multiple carriers and when I called back it was just a shady message. Please help!


highly unlikely

From Josh Kirschner on August 14, 2012 :: 11:58 pm

Unfortunately, spam phone calls are a fact of life. And it would be extremely difficult to actually hack into your phone to hear your calls. Unless, you have some specific reason to think this was related to your identity theft, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. However, if you have concerns, you should call your carrier to notify them that you have been the victim of identity theft and confirm that there haven’t been any changes on the account.


Thank you !

From ~~ on August 17, 2012 :: 12:35 pm

Thank you Josh! Very reassuring!


about law enforcement

From Phone Tracked on August 16, 2012 :: 5:30 pm

My boyfriend recently admitted to spying on my phone, he bought and downloaded a program onto my phone that sends him copies of all my texts, my location, basically everything. They get sent to his emails. I was worried about deleting it off my phone and then having no proof for law enforcement, or at least to get a restraining order. What kind of evidence do I need, and will a factory reset cause me to lose my evidence?

I am not actually doing anything I want to hide so I don’t mind having it on my phone for now, I really just want to be able to have evidence.


A factory reset may cause

From Josh Kirschner on August 16, 2012 :: 10:38 pm

A factory reset may cause you to lose the evidence. You should consult an attorney or law enforcement regarding what evidence you would need.



From Interested on June 29, 2017 :: 3:10 pm

How did you find proof of the program on your phone


I have a BB 9800.

From Jen on August 16, 2012 :: 7:11 pm

I have a BB 9800. I have been to law enforcement and they said they sent the phone to the local FBI lab and found nothing? I know for a fact that I have spyware on my phone and have so for over a year. I see all this great advice but none that offers solutions that actually get someone prosecuted. If the experts can tell us how to detect it and reset our phones than why isn’t there someone I can take my phone to and get this looked at, proven and then prosecuted? It is a nightmare to deal with a person who is doing this and its great you experts know what to look for but how about some ideas on how to prove the crime is taking place and get the SOBs arrested. I am tired of all the websites, blogs and experts saying it spyware exists, tell me who can help ME solve this crime. Humph!


If you had it examined

From Josh Kirschner on August 16, 2012 :: 10:41 pm

If you had it examined by the FBI lab and they said there was no spyware, it sounds like law enforcement has been quite supportive, they just didn’t find any evidence of a crime. How do you “know for a fact” you have spyware on your phone?


calls are tapped

From Sidney on August 20, 2017 :: 7:18 am

Thanks for sharing this with us but my question is, is there a code I can type in my phone to stop this call or activity tapping in my phone by someone


No, there is no code that would work

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 1:09 pm

Depending on what type of spying you’re taking about, there are solutions available in some cases. None involve a simple code that you can type. We have far more detail on the types of phone spying out there and what to do to protect yourself in our updated story here:

Work issued iPhone

From Sirius on August 19, 2012 :: 1:37 pm

I was issued an iPhone by my workplace and was told to use it for both work and personal calls and that I could save money by getting rid of my personal cell phone.  The box was already opened and it was on.  Soon after I received the phone the IT person that reports directly to my manager asked if I knew how to login to the employee wifi system so that I would always be connected - I was just using the guest link with disconnects after 5-10 minutes and have not changed that function. Around the same time my manager began quoting my words back to me and telling me that everything eventually gets back to her.  These were phone conversations that were taken in private My iPhone has all of the symptoms of spyware - gets hot, runs out of battery life quickly, acts like it’s getting a call but isn’t, etc.  Is there a way to see what phone numbers are dialing into my iphone to listen in on me?

Thank you for your help.


Monitoring conversations is likely illegal,

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2012 :: 10:54 am

Monitoring conversations is likely illegal, even if the phone was issued by your employer unless they notified you that your communications may be monitored, though these laws vary by state. I would bring either ask your employer directly whether calls are monitored or bring your phone to an Apple store and have them take a look to see what software is installed.

Unless the iPhone was “jailbroken”, it is highly unlikely secret call recording software was installed and, even then, that is not software that is easy to come by. The only call recording solutions I’m aware of involve dialing out through an external service which then records your calls. Unfortunately, there is no anti-spyware software available for the iPhone that we recommend.


iphone gps

From Taylor on August 20, 2012 :: 9:43 pm

The problem I had today…my friend called me on my android phone while I was driving in town… He was telling what light I stopped at,and as I would turn onto a different street, he was telling me my every move. There were no cars behind me and he said I can see you from the sky view on his GPS, on his iphone. He could even see me recline my seat in the car. He knew when I was home all the time. How can I stop people from finding my location by phone?? I turned off my GPS satellites and my wireless networks. I don’t know if this solved the problem or not…please help me…


The Find My iPhone feature

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2012 :: 10:58 am

The Find My iPhone feature allows you to track your phone if you have access to your iCloud account. But there is no way he could see you reclining your seat! You iPhone can still be tracked through cell towers, even if it has GPS turned off. Make sure you change your password on your iCloud account and check to see if you have the Find My iPhone app installed.



From Sondra on August 26, 2020 :: 3:31 pm

My husband is the name on our att account and I want to know if he’s spying on my phone


Can my land line be monitored by scammers?

From James Reasoner on August 20, 2012 :: 9:59 pm

Okay, it’s not a big deal. It just seems that too often, right after I hang up a personal call, a phone solicitor is ringing me up—almost as if they were alerted to activity on my line and pounced. Possible?


That sounds highly unlikely. If

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2012 :: 11:01 am

That sounds highly unlikely. If you’re in the U.S., make sure you’re listed on the National Do Not Call registry - - and tell callers to add you to their “do not call” list. That will stop solicitations from most “legitimate” marketers.


Thanks for the quick reply.

From James Reasoner on August 22, 2012 :: 6:51 pm

Yep, I’m on that list. Also, I have a Panasonic phone that allows me to block callers; however I only get 30 blocks at a time, and their phone # has to display.

But, do you know how many Jamaican lotteries I’ve won, or how many packages are waiting at the port for personal delivery to my door? I may have to open that bank account in Nigeria after all, what with all the millions rolling in…


Why did only the name on my husband's contact info. disappear from my iPhone?

From Paula on August 27, 2012 :: 7:49 am

My husband and I are having problems and I had to leave (domestic violence with law enforcement involved in a separate incident about a year ago).  I am now several hundred miles away.  There was an interruption in service on my iphone because the bill was past due.  After paying the bill, I noticed that his name disappeared from my contacts list and favorites, however, his phone number is still there. 

What could this mean?  Why did his name disappear?  Spyware?(either on behalf of my husband or law enforcement)  He does not have a smartphone.


It doesn't sound like spyware,

From Josh Kirschner on August 27, 2012 :: 10:19 pm

It doesn’t sound like spyware, but I don’t have a good explanation for why that may have happened unless he has access to your account through your carrier and his contact info was stored on your carrier account (e.g., TMobile MobileLife COntacts).


Possibly an unfriend

From Dale on October 26, 2012 :: 3:35 pm

My wife inadvertently unfriended me on facebook. She had previously just had my number in her phone prior to syncing with facebook. Once you sync with facebook, you get the picture icon from your friends, email addresses and even their cell number. Soooo, if you or your husband unfriend, all that facebook info disappears except for any info you added to the contact info through your phone. Just a thought.



From nicole gross on August 30, 2012 :: 9:39 am

well the way i see it is you shouldnt have to stalk your mate or spouse. there should be nothing to hide. if you are getting pictures or sexting or whatever then you deserve to be caught! in my experience its always best to tell the truth so if you want a little on the side then i would just come clean instead of hurting someone that cares about me.its not right or fair to the other person. now if they are just plain crazy i honestly would get rid of the phone period. and if that doesnt stop it then maybe its time to move on.


Child monitoring

From Alichia on September 01, 2012 :: 8:36 am

I’m not sure if it’s different for each state but I do know in Missouri it is not illegal to monitor your child who is a minor under the age of 18 without their knowledge. Which I’m glad because kids who know will likely dodge allowing information such as text messages to happen on their phone. Then they will just find a way to sneak behind a parents back with out the parent knowing a thing.


How can someone use an out of state area code??

From Ginger on September 01, 2012 :: 10:05 am

I received a call from a person I had previously communicated with. I no longer wished to speak with this person so I never answered his calls and I donot have the block feature on my cell phone. He lives in CA, which his cell phone area code is 831. My cell rang yesterday and although I did not recoginze the cell number it was from my calling area FL which is 352 area code and the last 7 digits of the number were not his cell number. So I answered thinking it was someone else, He was calling from his cell. Bascially somehow he was able to “rig” his cell phone to make it appear I was receiveing a call in my own area code. How is that possible and what is he using to accomplish this?!!


The app used is called

From Steve on September 04, 2012 :: 8:15 pm

The app used is called spoofapp. I wish they had a reverse spoofapp. Installed trapcall on my phone and although I don’t receive any phone calls from this person, my family, friends, co-workers, everyone I meet or text gets calls from the same spoofed number. They can make the number any number they want and it also allows them to change between a male/female voice.


Temporary Lock App

From madeformom on September 03, 2012 :: 10:05 pm

Check out our new Android app

It provides the ability to quickly ‘password protect’ the phone when required.

Search for “Temporary Lock” on the Android ‘play’ Market


cell phone hacked

From Steve on September 04, 2012 :: 8:06 pm

Here’s my problem. I have an Android that is hacked. If I call someone, the hacker gets the number and calls them with a spoofed number. I just found out that all my texts are hacked too. That they can read them. I’m in the middle of the gulf of Mexico using WiFi on the boat, and the hacker still managed to read my emails on my phone. Once I texted, “this b***h is crazy” and before I laid my phone down, it rang with a voice changer being used saying ” I’m not f***ing crazy”. After that, I changed my number, and before I got home from Sprint, the phone rang with the spoofed number. All I can do is block it because I don’t know what to do. All my pictures I have have been copied and fake Facebook pages been made. Fake profiles on dating websites. My friends that I text get the same number calling them too. I had to remove myself from and completely block facebook. I even notified the police about this telling them that my phone is hacked and that any number called or any texts made from or sent to the phone that person would also be hacked. What can I do since the police department said there isn’t anything they can do because it’s too expensive to get into? I even notified a private detective to look into it and they basically told me “no”. Anyone want a crack at it? I will gladly give up my phone for you to see for yourself.


Have you tried loading one

From Josh Kirschner on September 04, 2012 :: 10:42 pm

Have you tried loading one of our recommended antimalware solutions for Android: avast! Free Mobile Security, F-Secure Mobile Security, Kaspersky Mobile Security, Lookout Security & Antivirus, or McAfee Mobile Security?

If your phone contains spyware, simply changing your number likely wouldn’t make a difference since the malware would still be on your phone. Did you change your phone as a well?


I have a paid subscription

From Steve on September 26, 2012 :: 3:08 pm

I have a paid subscription with trapcall, and my anti malware/spyware is Dr Web light and Lookout. Although, I don’t receive any more phone calls from the hacker, they still are able to read emails, texts and listen in on phone conversations. I’ve changed my number 3 times. I even bought a cheap throw away phone for $20. Is there someone who I can give the phone to that can run a scan on or do something to find out who this is to prosecute them? I need to have a smart phone for my job, while I’m travelling.
Also, just to add, anyone that I contact by phone, email, or text through this device also gets hacked. Like I said in my prior post, I will gladly give this phone to anyone who wants to solve this dilemma.


How did you find iut?

From Kelly on April 12, 2016 :: 1:15 am

I have the same issue, but I can’t figure out how or get proof this is happening!!! Can u helo,me figure it out pllleeaaasseeeee!!!???


Same problem

From Mike on November 04, 2016 :: 12:02 pm

Me and my mom and my our phones are all jacked like that


how to deal with it

From Karen Caruana on July 15, 2019 :: 6:43 am

IGNORE THEM.  All they want is attention at this point and are determined to ruin your relationship and your life.

Wait until they realize that what they are doing is being shared on the internet, and real friends and family members and even the police are aware of whats going on, eventually they will understand that they cannot contriol your life, and that they will give up trying to be your so called friend, when you realize they are trying to provoke you.

All will be well, when you know that your realfriends still love you, and even though they are making it hard to connect with them, they will be there, until the pranksters stop what they are doing, or face the consquences of hacking peoples lives.


my ex husband is hacking into my phone

From kazey on September 05, 2012 :: 12:07 pm

So I believe my phone is being hacked by my soon to be ex husband. He has a tendancy of sending some nasty or rather ignorant messages. everyone now and then his messages that he sends me that are upright rude disappear from the conversation yet my responses are still in my phone(text). This is now the second time this has happened where his texts are gone but mines are still there. I do not have this problem with anyone elses text conversation history on my phone. In addition he keeps mentioning i moved on because i am talking to someone but via IM. so i am thinking he may have hacked it. Where can i check? does that sound like its been hacked? is there a way for him to delete his messages to me wtihout physical accesss to my phone? My phone is an android. He has restricted view for when he logs in bc the plan is under my name. my phone is password protected plus we dont live together. I dont know what else can cause this. i’m hoping you can help tell me if it is and what i can do to stop it completely so he cannot keep doing that. thanks.


"Is My Cell Phone Bugged?" (book)

From Kevin D. Murray on September 05, 2012 :: 12:41 pm

“Where can i check?”


There is a fairly simple procedure in the book that will give you a reliable indication about spyware being on your phone. The accompanying web page also provides a list of “Achilles heals” of the various spyware programs - covert files to look for on your phone. Check out this economical option first. You will likely find you don’t need to invest in expensive commercial software.

More importantly, however, is what to do if it your phone is infected. Instead of solely focusing on the snooping technique, it is important to also focus on the snoop. They are the real problem. A good portion of the text covers this as well.

Since you mentioned your phone runs Android software, keep an eye on or for a soon to be released Android app (free and pro versions) based on the book.


My boss' phone

From Mary on September 07, 2012 :: 9:38 am

My company phone is used very sparingly for calls and texts only, and never online. However, recently I’ve gotten 2 spam (here’s a cash loan for ya…).  I don’t publish my company cellphone number anywhere, and very few people have it. My boss, however, has a smartphone and is constantly on the internet doing who knows what on every conceivable website.  So, to my question…...could his phone have been hacked and my cellphone # been stolen for spamming purposes?


Probably not your boss

From Josh Kirschner on September 07, 2012 :: 10:17 am

Spammers could have your number from a previous owner of that number or may simply be systematically calling likely phone numbers - it happens to everyone. It probably has nothing to do with your boss.

p.s. we deleted that comment and will block the IP address (it’s from Nigeria). I’m also deleting the name from your comment so they don’t get any further benefit.


Re: Probably not your boss

From Mary on September 07, 2012 :: 11:36 am

Josh,  Thanks very much for your quick reply.

I sure would have loved to have blamed my boss for playing on the internet, but I will just have to hold that thought for a later time.

As for the spam, I’ve never gotten any spam texts (& I’ve had this phone for about 6 mths) until yesterday, and then I got another message this morning from the same number.  I have NOT replied.

I have reported the # to the FCC complain division, and I have searched the link information given in both text messages. They are different web sites but both having to do with “Cash” kind of thing.

I will probably just advise my carrier to block that # from my phone so I don’t get anymore.  Anything else I should do at this point?


Iphone Spyware & Text Storage

From Lori Webb Ackiss on September 08, 2012 :: 2:31 am

Hi Josh,

Just a comment for the girl with the Iphone and spyware.  Unless her phone is jailbroken, there is no spyware app for the Iphone.  It’s possible that her boyfriend jailbroke her phone, and if that’s the case, then she should see the Cydia app on her phone.

Text messages are included in the backup in Itunes.  If she does a factory reset and then restore from backup, she should have her text messages restored as well.  But if for some reason that doesn’t happen, she can access them by going to the backup and opening the file with any sqlite database browser - on Windows Vista/7 - c:/users/username/appdata/roaming/applecomputer/mobilesync/backup/backupname(unique to every iphone)/3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.  The file name is the same on every iphone backup.


recover text today

From Barbara Watts on January 18, 2019 :: 11:26 pm

I got some long nasty text from my sons live in girlfriend. I have tried so hard to make it work for my sons sake, but this was the last straw today. she
knew how to erase all the bad things she said to me,
and just showed my son something nice she had said??
and she let me know about it.smiling until tonight Ipolitely tolde my son, I’m learning alot more about my phone, of how to get back text messages.not one word from her. her 40 year old son was in his room ajoining the kitchen. I ask him?? have yawl had supper? he said yes, I said, oh ,no one called me or let me know. she tried to shoot my son 2 years ago.he
forgave her. I really need the text she sent me so my son will know her for the lies, and what she really is. her son even told her, mom take it easy on her MOM. she is an olde lady, well yes I’m and packing
what I did unpack, the rest is in his car hauler,parked in his is full. anyway. I’m sure
you are not enjoying my letter, just getting it off my
chest, and trying to get the text. my daughter thinks
Terri is so sweet. so is Bi-Polar.Barbara I blocked her phone. maybe I should leave it alone, or do I need to put her phone back on and unblock?


Phone hacked

From Mack Edison on September 14, 2012 :: 11:49 am

Me and my brother have had this problem on over 5 years. They have access to our calls, contacts, text messages and email address. Is there any possible way for us to track them and put a end to it. We do not know who the person may be. They have sent harassing texts to family and friends. Its scary how they know your every move.



From Nick on December 22, 2018 :: 6:43 pm

Try getting all your emails together face book Gmail’s and close every account. They could be getting in that way. Stop syncing your devices. The minute you do you have contaminated a device that is not infected. Call your cell phone provider and tell them what’s happening they may be able to do something.


IPhone hacked

From Becky on September 14, 2012 :: 1:03 pm

I need help, my ex boyfriend has hijacked my iphone. I’m not sure how or when, I can’t locate an app but I know for certain he is able to see my text messages from remote locations. EX. 09/13/12 at 3:39 pm I recieved a solicitation text at 5:11 pm I responded “STOP” which was listed as an opt out feature at the bottom of the text. At 5:20 pm the ex calls and is asking who am I texting from Chicago, I was confused because the solicitation text didn’t have a real #. He knew the exact times of each message and even knew that I had deleted both messages. I ebay from my phone and he texts me saying “get off of ebay”. How can I regain control of my phone? I’ve tried changing my itunes account access. He changed it so that I can’t download any apps. I don’t understand what he’s doing but I need to have it stopped.


Block him from your iCloud account

From Josh Kirschner on September 29, 2012 :: 7:50 pm

If you’re backing up your iPhone to iCloud and your ex-boyfriend has access to your iCloud account, he can see your texts. You should change all of your Apple passwords ASAP as well as your email passwords. And ensure that you don’t have any password recovery options set up on any of your accounts that are for his emails or cel phone numbers.


Inform the Police

From Samantha on September 28, 2013 :: 3:51 pm

Anyone(even a boyfriend) that steals your phone, let alone any of your property, needs to be reported to the police as soon as possible. Press charges against him. By him hacking into your itunes account and whatever other accounts he’s hacked into and change the information on, is illegal. This sort of thing can put him in jail for a few years. He’s trying to have full control over you. Good luck.


Phone hacked by someone called Miranda

From Michael Westen on May 13, 2014 :: 9:32 am

Who hacked my phone i bought? I am very scared!


people who steals your info at a internet shop

From Kevin Williams on May 03, 2017 :: 4:04 pm

Hi my name is Kevin Williams, i have been using a internet shop in Cape town for some time now, a few times wile visiting this establishment i sometimes feel i am being watched the whole time ,a few months ago the first sign appeared obvious that someone is watching or going thru my personal info as i could see on the pc i was using that a hard drive was connected .. ok i am not a computer wizard but i know when i am being watched.. i feel uncomfortable and would like to know if there is something i could do if this info or if what i just said is true.. i would appreciate if you can assist me with any information with regards to what i could do legally and maybe for a next time it happens what i have to look for on my pc… i thank you kindly ..Mr..Kevin Williams


Curious about who your ex was cuz I may have dated him

From Natasha on August 17, 2017 :: 5:58 am

Hi Becky, just curious if you lived in LaGrange Park, Ill. A suburb of Chicago. Anyway we dated a few months but it didn’t work out because I lost my lovely husband to cancer 1/2015 and of course I was loney and vulnerable. But what hurt about this ex was he was cold. If you love a person you should at least try to console. What are the chances that you and I dated same man. He had 2 children, Girl and Boy. Thanks and please let’s connect. My regards, Toon


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