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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 :: 763 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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Echos

From Me on October 18, 2012 :: 2:20 am

My PRIVACY has been compromised for quite a while.  I even had to place harassment charges, after a year of misery the DA stated she would like to apologize.  No way, I was threatend my life made unbearable. I requested he look closely at the phone with photos of the texts.  Amazingly there seem to be a problem. They were not in the file.  So now another 3 months till another trial date. Many unusual events continue but lately when I make a phone call I hear echo of my voice in the background loud & clear.  The other party does not. It is not only on my phone, whatever phone I use.  Any help suggestions

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ANY IDEAS TO CATCH/PROVE/PROSECUTE SOMEONE HACKING ANDROID??

From tired of manipulations on October 19, 2012 :: 1:09 pm

I know the individual doing this and he is a computer genius x.  It is a custody situation he moved my kids out of state, the police began an investigation of abuse on him, he then moved, changed his number and refuses to provide it for me despite a court order stating I have phone time. He hacked into my email through my phone and then suddenly my phone was all screwed up…just ringing to nowhere and when calling out just a busy signal, my phone volume was turned off and I received a notification that someone tried to enter my email &/or changed the password on my android.  The result was he effectively eliminated the phone call and somehow got a voicemail through on my phone though when calling from a friends phone it rang to nowhere.  Help!!!  Anyone know how to trace it, stop it, prove it, prosecute it?

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23 yrs STALKED-now Wndws7?

From LifeRuinedByStalker on October 29, 2012 :: 5:15 pm

Hello to anyone who may be an expert in this field:

I’ve been stalked by a real psychocase stalker/harrasser for (going on) 23 yrs now. Yes, you read right, I said 23 yrs. How, you say?
Why would a dangerous criminally insane mental case stop if there’s nothing to stop him? The so-called “law” doesn’t protect female persons from dangerous criminals like this guy, because they don’t even believe us!
He started harassing me and my husband in Jan.2000 because I ended up w/my husband instead of him. I refused to be w/him because he’s a weirdo and does really assinine things to piss people off, sort of like he’s on a mission to get back at the whole world for not liking him.
We’ve gone through at least 9 to 10 phones in almost 13 yrs.
Is it possible for him to hack our new Windows 7 phones?
On my phone history it shows almost every half hour a “GRPS” instead of a sms or a call. Its constant. all day, and sometimes all night. I can’t help but wonder if the stalker has put another monitoring hack on my phone.  It only shows up on my husbands phone several times a day, but constantly on mine.
The stalker has hacked into every email and computer we’ve had, until we got a brand new windows7 cp and now have windows 8 on it, and also got the MacBook and now finally just got these Windows7 phones. I read where the Windows 7 phones are NOT secure and CAN be hacked. Is this really true?  if so, how?

How can we stop this maniac?  I have personally witnessed him flip the hell out no less than 4 or 5 times. So have people at his place of employment. He has been stalking me from his work for years, but I’m wondering if he’s got a phone now to do it from.
The insane crazy things he has done to gain some sort of access to me defies all common sense and decency. Ive been told that we have to “file a police report”, but whenever we’ve tried to talk to them, they say we can’t do a report unless we “have something to go on”, like some sort of evidence submissable in a court of law. And exactly how the hell are we supposed to get that?  Do they not understand that these type of criminals do everything “anonymously”?  We have to tell them that?  Really?
How can we find an investigator that knows about all of this phone and cyber stalking stuff?

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i dont get it ?

From rose on October 31, 2012 :: 10:37 pm

my ex bf has an iphone ihave a 2year old samsung flip phone (old) and he showed me the map on his phone with pin point and my name and were i was? All he has is my phone #.I dont have icloud .I have facebook but i dont post anything on there because my house got broke into last year .How can i disapear do i need to change my phone number?Or how can i track him with my phone so i know if he is following me?

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Your wise guidance is needed.

From James on November 11, 2012 :: 5:32 pm

Here’s a question I’ve been pondering for a while: if someone uses information they’ve cadged from your phone to steal your identity, and then you kill him,... Are you guilty of murder?

I mean, science tells us that two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time, and he was being you, but you’re still alive, and it wasn’t exactly suicide because, again, you’re still here…
(And, more importantly, would Bruce Willis be interested in a script I’m developing?)

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It's cool.

From BeenthereDonethat on July 19, 2017 :: 11:15 pm

I doubt they would convict you.

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In ShoCk! Please HELP ME!!!!!!!

From Alex on November 15, 2012 :: 9:52 am

Hello Christina, 1st of all I want to thank you for this info I have been going crazy trying to find out IF this was possible and now I see that it is and that my spouse are definitively going through this, now my question is, is it possible to do this on all types of phones? my spouse has an iphone which I know it def is possible but I have a blackberry torch myself and I would love to know if they could also do that to MY phone? I have been very suspicious about this because our private life is now being shared with outside people and it all points at me. I am very desperate and frustrated about this situation and that’s why I NEED to know if I am also being spied on or maybe is just him. Thanks in advance and I really hope to get the answer I am looking for. Thank you…

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iPhone and WP Hack tests and solutions?

From Lawrence Waters on November 19, 2012 :: 4:31 pm

This thread has officially scared the hell out of me.

My wife’s phone is running iOS6 and mine is running Windows Phone 7.5

Everything in this thread seems to be Android-centric.  Do you have any information on hacks/hack detection/hack removal for the iPhone 5 and WP7.x/WP8?

Thanks in advance.

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iOS 6 is relatively safe

From Josh Kirschner on November 19, 2012 :: 5:30 pm

iOS 6 is relatively safe from spyware, because the OS is pretty heavily locked down. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other issues that have popped up that have compromised users’ privacy (see: http://us.gizmodo.com/5880593/the-apple-bug-that-let-us-spy-on-a-total-strangers-iphone). Also, if you back-up your data to iCloud (as many Apple owners do), that iCloud account is susceptible to hacking (http://www.emptyage.com/post/28679875595/yes-i-was-hacked-hard). However, there have been reports of hacking on jailbroken iPhones. Unfortunately, the locked down OS has also prevented anti-malware makers from creating solutions for the iPhone.

The good news with Windows 7.5 is that it has such low market penetration hackers don’t choose to focus on it. So there is a certain amount of “safety through obscurity”. We don’t have a recommended anti-spyware solution for Windows because anti-malware companies don’t focus on it either.

As a general rule, the best way to avoid cell phone spying is to always keep physical possession of your phone, never download apps from outside the known marketplaces, and maintain strong passwords on your backup and mobile carrier accounts (and don’t share those passwords with anyone). With Android, we also recommend downloading security software from one or our recommended providers: https://www.techlicious.com/how-to/how-to-protect-your-android-device-from-malware/.

And unless there is a specific reason why you think someone may be spying on you, you’re probably fine.

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My phone keeps getting hacked

From Charlie Polly on November 26, 2012 :: 1:02 pm

How is it that my phone keeps getting hacked. No one has access to it. But this unknown assailant, keeps hacking my phone, reading my texts, emails. Than goes on to harass people from my contacts. I need help, local authorities have tries. The FBI refuses to offer any assistance. This person has threatened to kill my 5 month old child. I NEED HELP!!!!!!

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My phone keeps getting hacked answers

From Leenwitit on February 26, 2019 :: 8:43 pm

It’s the up address being hacked buy a new phones up a new email addreSs out with old In with the new all the old emails u used in the past.are compromised you all computers set up all new all new internet access I had this happen to me a while back hopefully this works for. U lime.it did.for.me

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re:My phone keeps getting hacked

From Charlie Polly on November 27, 2012 :: 8:15 pm

I have changed phones 20 plus times. Cheap phones, flip phones, smart phones. I have had them all. They keep getting tapped

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trac

From Rob on February 17, 2016 :: 10:50 am

they pull up in front of your house at 2am and grab your number right out of the air with a device…Its real easy

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re trac

From Philautia Philia on February 28, 2019 :: 7:01 am

RE
they pull up in front of your house at 2am and grab your number right out of the air with a device…Its real easy

tell me more about that if its true

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Co-Workers hacked phone

From Bella on December 04, 2012 :: 9:24 am

Hello Josh. I am currently being harassed at my job. One of the ways it is being done by cellphone hacking. I left my cellphone lying around one day and im sure they installed some sort of spyware. They are repeating my convo’s, text messages and emails. I would like to know what you suggest I do. Ive changed my number and gave the cellphone to my son. I have gotten myself another phone. Is my own cellphone free of the spying and can legal access be taken?

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Hi Bella,Can you provide more

From Josh Kirschner on December 05, 2012 :: 12:08 am

Hi Bella,

Can you provide more information? What type of phone do you have and whose account is it under - yours or your employer’s? Is it your work email that you think they are accessing or your personal email?

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text that has another blank text attached to it.

From spring parker on October 04, 2015 :: 1:27 am

When a certain person texts me there is almost always another text that comes through after that is blank & it shows the same phone # attached each time. It is so odd & I don’t understand it??

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neighbor

From audrey on December 06, 2012 :: 8:01 am

my neighbor is hacking my phone and tracking where I am how can I stop this and prove it to the police. I live alone and I don’t deal with any of my neighbors and I dont choose to be friendly with them.

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Hi Audrey,What indication do you

From Josh Kirschner on December 06, 2012 :: 12:50 pm

Hi Audrey,

What indication do you have that your neighbor has hacked your phone and is tracking you? Unless he or she has had physical access to your phone, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ve been hacked by your neighbor.

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iPhone 5 c

From Billy Schroeder on January 13, 2019 :: 5:10 am

I know it’s old ic been have problems with it lately it’s allway been updated.  It
Like some hacked its been real slow and this old phone is real fast normally it don’t need a beat what’s doing on

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I lost my cell phone.

From Sayed abu zafar on December 13, 2012 :: 2:54 pm

Hello i’m sayed abu zafar ,from Bangladesh ,Today i lost my cell phone .Her model number is (Sony Ericsson C-905 and her IME number is 0630.It really my very importunate cell phone.So please would like to help me,How can i find my cell phone???

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phone control app

From manda on January 21, 2013 :: 4:47 pm

I just downloaded this app on 2 phones and it shows up in the app list… ???

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Question

From Jayla on February 12, 2013 :: 3:25 pm

Hello! My question is this: I have a friend who is convinced 100% that her boyfriend monitors her Samsung Galaxy phone. She is even convinced that he is able to listen to her in-person conversations through it, so she covers it up with a scarf or piece of clothing when we meet for coffee. Is it possible for him to actually -listen- to her in-person conversations with people through her phone? I’d really appreciate some light shed on this. I’m thinking it’s a little far-fetched for her to be believing that, but I’m just not tech-y enough to know for sure.

Thanks for your help!

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Possible, yes. Likely?

From Josh Kirschner on February 13, 2013 :: 7:05 pm

It is technically possible to do that. But that doesn’t mean her boyfriend actually did. The best thing to do is to download Lookout Security or one of our other recommended antimalware solutions we link to above and see if it finds anything (many are free, so it’s sort of a no-brainer). If nothing is found, she is probably fine in terms of spyware.

It is certainly possible her boyfriend is gaining access to her personal information by simply grabbing her phone when they’re together and she’s not spying attention. Does she have a lock code on her phone and is it something her boyfriend couldn’t guess?

Let us know what the antimalware finds.

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OneNote Spy??

From Inquisitive on January 28, 2015 :: 5:31 pm

How can you use OneNote to spy on people?

Example, a friend’s ex installed this on their child’s laptop.  The child carries the laptop to both homes. Once the child is at my friend’s house, the laptop automatically connects to the wifi and records each device connected to this laptop.  And OneNote appears to be tracking when the child is online and who knows what else.  Is this possible?  How?

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Cell phone tracking question

From Kathryn Davis on February 27, 2013 :: 2:19 pm

Hi, I’d like to know if my cell phone location can be tracked by anyone w/ my number?

I have an older Samsung, not a smart phone, no apps.

Thank you.

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No

From Josh Kirschner on February 27, 2013 :: 2:42 pm

Hi Kathyrn,

No, your cell phone can’t be tracked by just anyone.  For non-smartphones, the only way to track it (barring someone going in and significantly modifying your phone) would be through your carrier.  Each of the major carriers offers family locator options that allow you to track GPS enabled phones or, in some cases, track phones based on cell tower triangulation. Those are services you would need to sign up for and provide approval before that device would be tracked.

Of course, law enforcement authorities could also track your device the same way, without your knowledge. But, the average person on the street? No.

Josh

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what if....

From concerned on September 13, 2014 :: 2:20 pm

I see in several of your post about “law enforcement” and their abilities to listen to your conversations when your phone is around…or track you when your GPS is off or your “find your phone” is off. I see you say that they are the only ones that can do this with just your phone number….SO WHAT IF, the ex tracking you IS in law enforcement? WHAT IF they have all the abilities of the authorities? WHAT IF all your texts can be read and your calls can be heard and your private talks with you phone in the same room can be heard and you can be pinpointed at all times. What is your suggestion then….and don’t say go to the authorities bc that is certainly not an option. the only access this person would have had is a phone number and at least a 30 sec call to the phone. Never been in the same room with the phone. im unsure but this very comment is probably being monitored. NOW WHAT ON EARTH WOULD YOU SUGGEST….PLEASE!

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Unlikely to happen

From Josh Kirschner on September 15, 2014 :: 11:53 am

For law enforcement to monitor your phone, they would need to work through your carrier, and that would require a warrant - not something an ex-spouse could easily obtain, and certainly not without raising suspicion.

Improper monitoring of communications is a federal crime. So if you have strong evidence to suggest this is happening, you may want to consult an attorney.

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What year are you living in

From Kym on October 23, 2014 :: 5:22 pm

Josh. The cops I know DONT play by any rules. Yes there’s times when they will get their warrants but a lot of the time the uncover cops are as shady of not more shady as the people they watching.  And let’s be real too josh while we at it. If cips can have those gadgets , so can anyone else who can afford them.  And husbands spy on their wives all the time. So to the person asking the question about someone spying on her by just having her number. The answer is no. But if someone wanted to know where she is at and knew certain personal things and say she had an iPhone for example. With her apple ID and her password they could use the find my iPhone app and locate her at that very moment unless she had turned off her phone or turn off location In her privacy settling . A person can also open an email that has a program attached that would work in background giving the sender her location or show them her text messages and/or pictures.  If you have a cell phone with one of the major carriers just know that if you don’t go online to set up an account that is attached to the phone you have someone else very well could go in and do the same and then read your messages you send and receive. I know for fact my ex did this with two phones I had with verizon.  I caught wind of it and had to go in by password reset and then turn off that feature and I changed my account security questions to questions no would could possibly knowZ I also set alerts to let me know when I or someone else logs into any of my email, social & banking accounts.  We live in a world of anything made to help us in our day to be more productive can and usually will be abused by those who have their own motives.  So be overly cautious. Add additional passwords and change them often. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t really know.  Because friends on facebook can hack your accounts if they have the codes to do so. There’s pictures and personal info in these accounts that a criminal steal your identity.Happens everyday. Good luck and josh please join the rest of us in 2014 and realize it’s not 1989. :  )

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I was responding to the specifics of her question

From Josh Kirschner on October 23, 2014 :: 6:28 pm

She asked about tracking when GPS and find my phone is off, as well as monitoring phone conversations and remotely activating the microphone. To do do that type of monitoring, you would either need spyware installed directly on the device or do it in conjunction with your carrier.

My point was that “all the abilities of law enforcement” still don’t provide that level of monitoring without a warrant.

Is it possible her cop has a friend on the “inside” at a carrier that is helping him do the tracking on an extra-judicial basis without a warrant? It’s possible, I guess, but would seem to be a pretty risky maneuver as I’m assuming that it’s not a simple process for a carrier to initiate monitoring of a device - it would likely require downloading special software to the phone. And both the cop and the carrier person would be risking termination and possibly prison time if caught.

I’ve never seen a program that can be sent by email that would allow someone to track a phone’s location or view messages/pictures stored on the phone. Can you provide a reference for that?

Still believe I have at least one foot in 2014…

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Caller apps

From Eugenie nougnon on January 23, 2016 :: 7:07 am

Hi, i am having this situation. My boyfriend and i are on caller apps but whenever he calls me instead of his picture showing it someone else’s from his contact. Don’t understand.

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I have the same issue my phone lights up when I talk or turn on another phone my WiFi lights blink t

From Misslife on May 10, 2018 :: 3:21 am

I feel you I love that life as well and I can’t get away from it it’s not possible and would love to prove what it is so i would file charges then but for now I’m not going to police and looking crazy my phone tracks and hears everything along with my WiFi and truck from husband

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How can I find out if my phone is being tracked???!

From Tonir on November 14, 2016 :: 1:58 am

I sure hope u can help me . Cause I really don’t know to much about a computer. Is there an app I can get to stop someone from tracking me.

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What's going on with my iPhone?

From Cheyenne on February 28, 2013 :: 12:36 pm

Josh,

I have concerns whether my boyfriend has been getting into my phone and my mom’s phone. A couple of weeks ago my mom called one of her friends off of her cell phone and my boyfriend’s name came up on their caller ID. We then decided to go to AT&T and they told us that it sounded like something called “spoofing.” Being shocked and concerned about what they said, I decided to go to the computer sciences department at my college. I talked to two professors and they both agreed that it sounded like “spoofing.” For the past few months I have also been experiencing things like my iPhone lighting up for no reason at all. Whenever I look up a website on my phone my boyfriend gives me hints about what I was looking up. I am really confused and concerned. Is this just a coincidence or is there really something going on. Is there any way my AT&T provider can detect changes in our account? Can I figure out if there is a spoofing app or a spyware program on our phones? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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That's difficult to say without more details

From Josh Kirschner on February 28, 2013 :: 4:08 pm

Let’s start with your mom’s phone. Yes, it is possible to spoof your phone to show a caller name other than your own. Though, why would your boyfriend want to have his name show up when your mother calls people? It’s possible that his name showed up on your mom’s friend’s caller ID because at some point your mom’s friend had associated your mom’s number with your boyfriend’s name in her address book. It’s also easy to check whether spoofing is going on by having your mom call someone else’s phone. Whose name shows up on their caller ID?

For your phone, it is very difficult to install spyware on an iPhone without the user being aware of it. For instance, there are alternative browsers that you can install that will let someone monitor your browsing history, but you should notice if you’re not using Safari. To be sure, check all of the apps installed on your iPhone and uninstall any that don’t belong.

Your iPhone lighting up could be caused by one of your apps delivering notifications. Check your notification settings for mail, Facebook, Twitter and other apps. If that doesn’t resolve it, resetting your phone may work.

Hope that helps.

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Yes it is possible on an iPhone

From Susan on May 09, 2018 :: 3:42 am

You can download an app called Teensafe if you know the person’s apple id and password you can retrieve all in bound and out bound text messages word for word with the paid version and you DO NOT HAVE TI HAVE ACCESS TO THE ITHER PHONE

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Scary Stuff

From J. Reasoner on February 28, 2013 :: 1:27 pm

I was trying to track down a possible scam call to my home phone, and I stumbled across this page. I’m pretty sure all the information is phony, but I sure hope they don’t have my profile on file.

http://www.xdd.org/ssn/385/90/0503/385-90-0503

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Seems to be fake

From Josh Kirschner on February 28, 2013 :: 4:10 pm

Based on a few checks I did, all the data there seems to be fake. I would be very careful about entering any real data in that site’s search function as it could be a phishing site attempting to collect real SSNs and other personal information.

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Kind of worried

From Ambar on February 11, 2014 :: 4:57 pm

I have an Iphone 5c and my husband has a galaxy s2 and for some reason he can see everyhthing that I google or look at on my phone how is this possible? I reset my phone and changed all passwords and he can still do it! HELP

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Probably has access to your Google account

From Josh Kirschner on February 13, 2014 :: 1:10 pm

Google allows you to save your search history and other web browsing data so you can see it accross multiple devices. If he has access to your Google account, he can see that, too.

You can learn more about Google History and how to turn it off here: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/9016?hl=en. Of course, the wiser thing to do would be to chage your Google password so he can’t get into your account. Otherwise, he can also access your email, location and many other types of personal information.

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Same here!

From Mel on January 18, 2018 :: 2:17 am

I have an iPhone 7plus and now ex has a galaxy 8 plus and he is in my iCloud looking at my pictures that I don’t even have on my phone andd they aren’t even in my icloud anymore, I have no idea how he is doing it. Did you ever figure out how your husband was? Please let me know.

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Re: What's going on with my iPhone?

From Cheyenne on February 28, 2013 :: 7:01 pm

No, this was a regular house phone with caller ID and my mother’s friend does not know my boyfriend. My mom is perplexed about this and so was her friend. Also, at one point his name came up on my grandmother’s cell phone whenever my mom called her. It’s very strange. Are you able to turn on and off a spoofing app when needed? My mom doesn’t have my boyfriend’s name or number in her phone, nor has she called or text him. My mom is now concerned about my boyfriend because of this situation and she and I would like to understand what is going on. 

Thank you for helping!

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Some other thoughts

From Josh Kirschner on March 01, 2013 :: 11:12 am

The most well-known spoofing app is probably SpoofCard. But with that app you (i.e., your mom) would need to actively use the app to make a call and there is a charge for each spoofed call. Plus, you would have to jailbreak your iPhone to install the app. (BTW, you didn’t say what kind of phone your mom is using).

The only other way I could see this happening is if your boyfriend installed his own SIM in your mom’s phone (though this would be pretty obvious because her phone number would be different) or changed the name on her account to his name (which would also be obvious if she checked her account details or gets a bill).

My advice is to do a factory reset on both your phone and your mom’s, and then reinstall any apps you need (and not any that you don’t). That should clear up any issues if your boyfriend actually was able to somehow install this type of malware on your phones.

Your mom could also ask your boyfriend about it and see what his reaction is. Maybe he did do something and thought this was all a funny joke. Ha, ha. And then it would be time to look for a new boyfriend.

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I'd really like to know what the end results were with this

From Kym on October 23, 2014 :: 5:33 pm

I wish thst people writing in could contact others had they share their final results of how they resolved their issues.  I’d like to talk to This girl about her moms home phone and caller id thing. I too have had very strange things happening like it.  Question though, was there an alarm system attached to this home phone? Was it verizon?

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Iphone app

From Sherri Smith on March 04, 2013 :: 7:51 pm

What is the best app to use for an iphone to put on a phone that you wish to “spy” on??

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Carrier parental controls

From Josh Kirschner on March 04, 2013 :: 9:39 pm

Each of the carriers provides various parental control options that allow you to keep track of your kids and what they’re up to. Spying on someone without their knowledge is generally against the law.

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Identity stolen

From Kris on July 05, 2017 :: 9:19 pm

I have had the ultimate identity theft case you can imagine I have had this woman still everything about me through Google she now is in charge of all my emails my personal business account my bank account she has used 3 times now it three different months money off of my debit card totaling into the thousands I’ve called the police they’ve done nothing she mess it has text messaged me and told me that she’s doing these things she has also completely erased everything on my phone several times she’s changed my phone number several times every time I get a new phone she she figures it out and I don’t know what to do anymore

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Results

From Marian on December 17, 2018 :: 3:27 am

What was your solution to this. I am going through the same thing! I have changed SIM cards, phone numbers, phones and providers even going pay and and talk and every change I have made the same things happen. I even changed all my accounts and made new ones.

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It happened to me

From Diane on January 07, 2019 :: 10:18 pm

The exact thing happened to Me!! For a moment while I was reading your post, I honestly no joke thought I must have came across one of my very own post. It was a never ending night and I have post dramatic stress now over the same thing happening to me.. went through 17 phones in two years. I would report it to the cops and they thought. I was crazy!! Then I was told to hire an attorney. I knew the girl because it was her and her husband who broke into my house and stole my tablet and my identity!! That’s when the nightmare begin. I even sold the house and moved over an hour away. Then moved again to another town. Now I think it’s happening all over again!! I but my attorney doesn’t want me to stop them why?? Because he plains on taking action… law suit, arrest… if a warrent has not been taken out to do so call hide and snoop on this phone… then we are pressing charges to the max!! So let them did their deep pit. My phone is messing up so bad as I’m posting this comment. How odd… lol…my phone is 6 months old. I’m not crazy so I’ll let My attorney take care of everything.  Well my phone is so bad I can’t even read it or see my screen. Go these apps that allow others to do these things to someone else’s phone with hidden apps… these people should be in prison

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