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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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I think the government and FBI

From Nic on May 01, 2013 :: 10:29 pm

I think the government and FBI can Listen to ever buddy’s phone ans I think they do 24-7 so if your boyfriend is a FBI he can do it

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what is it

From sara H on May 12, 2013 :: 3:16 am

can you please tell me what is the app called where someone can see who u can text and call and how does it work I need to know if my bf put in my phone hope u can email me back ASAP

THANK YOU MUCH

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There are many spyware apps

From Josh Kirschner on May 22, 2013 :: 10:56 pm

There are many spyware apps available, and almost all remain well hidden. The best thing to do is download free antimalware from AVG or Norton and scan your phone.

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15 years experience

From Carlos Carpenter on January 25, 2018 :: 5:30 pm

You are wrong sir there are mind control freaks that have technol subliminal voice messaging exist ogy they never should have been exposed to they can harass you constantlysubliminal surveillance equipment exist

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How do I know if someone in spying on my cell phone?

From maria on May 21, 2013 :: 2:36 pm

My phone has been doing something really odd and very weird recently. This has never happened ever to any cell phone I have owned. My boyfriend called my cell phone fromm his own cell phone not wife’s cell phone and his ex-wife full name and number pop up on my caller ID but before that it showed nickname I had saved in my contacts for my boyfriend but for some reason when my BF called it switches back n forth with his wife’s name and number then goes back to my Bf’s phone number? His wife has a totally different cell phone service and they have never had any joint services together whatsoever. so how and why is it that when my BF calls me on my phone it switches back n forth to his wife’s name n phone number then changes back to his phone number and the nickname I had saved in my contacts for him? Does that mean she has hacked into my BF cell phone or spying of some sort? Also his phone has been getting really excessively hot for no apparent reason and shuts off once in a while.

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It's being hacked then yes.

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 8:10 am

If the battery is dead very quickly. The phone is hot. And a lot of data is used. You get random reboots, or strange sounds coming from it every once in a while, Or it slows to a crawl.  Run a couple of Antispyware apps from Google Play. AVG makes a decent one. Or Avast.

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possibly being tracked /weird emails or texts with a capital letter

From Lisa on May 31, 2013 :: 12:29 am

Is someone tracking my phone, Android,.if they are sending out an email or text to me with just a letter like H or G or St? But thd text our email never.comes through to me, I see it on my husband’s phone/email account as sent.

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That could just be a mistake

From Josh Kirschner on May 31, 2013 :: 9:24 am

Many people make mistakes and accidently send emails or texts before they’re done, so it could be that. The spy programs we’ve seen all use text messages to activate various spying features, I’m not sure that would be possible through email, though someone could be mistakenly sending emails instead of a text.

That said, the spy programs do hide text messages used to activate spying so you would not see them come through. If you know your husband is sending you odd texts that don’t appear on your phone, that is a little suspicious.

If you believe you are the victim of spying and would like to delve into this further, we are looking for people to participate in a story we’re doing on spyware. We’ll walk through an analysis of your phone and help you remove spyware, if found. You can contact me at ****** if interested.

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Thank you and...

From Lisa on May 31, 2013 :: 11:33 am

I replied to your other email. I had a few more questions and I also said I would be more than happy to participate with the story. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, I really appreciate any help.

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are you still helping people rid their phones of recipients of spyware?

From Laurie Trimm on August 30, 2016 :: 4:58 pm

If so, I need help. Thank you.

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spyware

From deneese mclaughlin on October 01, 2016 :: 10:43 pm

A co worker has put spyware on every phone i have and i cannot get help. This has been going on for 7 years. He also hacks my computer, printer, security system, you name it, he has done it and no one will do anything about it. Ive contacted everyone i know of. And hes also stealing my identity as well as the veterand we help. Still, no one does anything.

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same thing like your story

From rhonda on October 25, 2016 :: 5:02 pm

ive been hacked or whatever you want to call it almost 4 or more years now im at my total wittsend with this something needs to be done first people tell you your crazy and paranoid and thats exactly what the spy wants. i will end this and i will BEAT THIS SPY AT HIS OWN GAME. STILL ANY HELP OR ADVISE IS APPRECIATED. TAKES A HACKER TO BEST A HACKER ... BRING ON THE HONEST GOD WILLING HACKER AND THEM IN FILING SUIT.

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Laws

From Wayne on October 06, 2017 :: 8:16 pm

Hi Deneese.  I know this is an old post but I think there are answers. I’m just passing buy to find out wherever my brother wifi network printing is known to pass the documents information out if the network to analyse and sell information about it (I deal with confidential information) as happens with vaeious usage data on Android devices.

Now, depending on which country you are in, your coworker could be breaking a number of laws.  If the police are like what we get here, and fob everything off in order to avoid investigating stuff, I advice you to do your own research into which department contacts in which authorities handle these sorts of things, and investigate which laws apply, read them, and how they apply.  Then try contacting the police again, and put in a formal complaint.  Here we use the official police reporting number and get a report I’d, instead of going to a police station.  This then gets passed to olive, but now it is officially recorded.  This will have to be accross all jurisdictions that apply, such as federal and state depending on your location, and other institutions such as telephone service providers.  In my case I found a decision is a state capital, and a special phone number for call harrassment. Local police may have no idea, and their superiors have no idea at headquarters.

Now, do your research before asking a laser, know it yourself so if the lawyer is missing stuff you know, and research which lawyers Handel this and do well in it. The case is that that with their stalking harrassment, they might lay open a civil case against themselves, in which they have done so much damage they open themselves up to big compensation claim (the reality is the court might even see it as neglible, and not be too bothered, but the right country state and judge could he otherwise (so consultation with a lawyer to determine what the local situation is and wherever it is worth it).  What will likely happen, if you go any if these routes, is he will try to beat you back into a hole with more threats and even inflicting damage big time, as you will have to beat him back into the hole.  The problem is when you are dealing with people that see themselves as powerful and you as inferior you get these issues.  Next is your employer might have real credible mechanisms to deal with this, or might be able under law for not stopping them.  But in such cases the fight gets bigger and you may end up unemployed with other businesses reluctant to hire you.  Things are not that fair, I’ll admit, but it is about the level of fairness you can reasonably get, as to what you choose to do.  You can land up with hundreds of thousands or more in court costs and walk away with a big bill after loading, or not even get enough to make it worth it.  However, the threat of legal action is a power trick, as the otherside night not want to enter legal action if they could loose and be forced into big embarrisingly expense and loss.  So, people negotiate out of court settlements in which they try to screw down what they give the other party..

In all cases here, I am not a legal pratitioner, these are just niave opinions, as such they should not be relied upon and I make no claim of suitability or reliability about them and will not be held to them that they are, you should instead seek relevant legal professional advice instead. They are mere indicators for further research. I wish you the best.

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This is very interesting reading

From KC on June 09, 2013 :: 10:16 am

This is very interesting reading - thank you all.  I am doing a little research this morning because I was looking at my iPhone Diagnostics & Usage Data (in Settings) and clicked on an entry that said “Low Memory” (there were several of these so I clicked on the most recent date, which is today).  Scrolling through the listed data, I noticed a line that read “MSpy” with a long line of characters set within < >, along with some other words that mean nothing to me (highwater, daemon).

Of course, “MSpy” (or anthing with the word Spy in it!) caught my attention.  Googling MSpy led me to Mobile Spy, which apparently is extremely difficult to find on one’s phone.

Can anyone tell me if “MSpy” would even be listed in a Low Memory Data Report as my “largest process” if I didn’t have spyware embedded in my phone?  (I guess I’m assuming that MSpy as it is listed stands for “Mobile Spy” and not something benign).

I just need some direction before I pull out all of the stops trying to find spyware on my phone today.  Help & guidance would be tremendously appreciated.

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That's not good

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 11:54 am

Yes, MSpy and Mobile Spy are both spy apps for iPhone. They’re not the same app, though they have similar features. I’ve tested Mobile Spy and it can provide a significant amount of your personal information to whomever is spying on you.

To help you verify if you have spyware, you should check to see if your iPhone has been jailbroken. Spyware can only be installed on a jailbroken phone. The easiest way to check is to download Lookout Security from iTunes then run a scan. It will give you a warning if the iPhone is jailbroken.

If your iPhone is jailbroken, that means someone with physical access to your phone jailbroke your phone and installed the spyware. It’s not hard to do - takes less than an hour.

To eliminate the spyware, simply update your phone to the latest iOS (6.1.4). This will remove the jailbreak and spyware. To be absolutely sure, you may want to do a complete reset of your phone (back up your data first).

if you would like me to walk through this process with you, please contact me at ********.

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That's what I was afraid

From KC on June 10, 2013 :: 3:43 pm

That’s what I was afraid of. The most obvious culprit (and the only person with access to my phone during times I might not have it in my hand) would be my husband, but I am pretty sure he has the “share downloads from other devices” setting switched to “on” in icloud so before I download the app you suggested I am going to try and turn that setting off so I can do this without giving him a heads-up. 
A question that I have while I wait to do this is can a phone have MSpy installed on it from any other source?  Like can I get “hacked” by someone who doesn’t have physical access to my phone?  Or does it have to be jailbroken (in person) in order to install the MSpy? 
Thank you VERY VERY much!

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Helpi

From Sara on April 24, 2017 :: 6:40 am

I think y phone was hacked can someone take ur pic and text back and fourt like your doing it?

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I Need To Be Vindicated!!!!!

From Alfonza Ferguson on November 01, 2018 :: 4:43 pm

Yes I Saw these comments and your response to how you can help me get the problem solved concerning my phone being cloned/hacked…...get back at me and let me know how to contact you to remedy this problem please…...AND Thank you

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Okay - icloud turned off,

From kc on June 10, 2013 :: 6:00 pm

Okay - icloud turned off, software uploaded and, YES, my phone has been jailbroken.  This is just getting worse by the minute and I’m pretty much floored.
Before I go through the processes of getting un-hacked, I am going to wait to see if you can answer my questions above pertaining to whether or not a phone can be jailbroken remotely by a 3rd party without having actual physical access to the phone.  That will make a huge difference in what this all could mean.
The only time I have not had my phone in my personal possession (discounting when I am at home and set it down, where my husband could easily access it) is when I took it to a local store to have the glass replaced after I dropped it.  I can’t imagine that they installed spyware to my phone, given that they’re a professional business with a storefront location, but it is very literally the only time my phone was not with me.  What are your thoughts on that?
I’m thinking all roads are leading to my husband right now, but before I go off half-cocked I want to make sure I’ve covered other possibilities.
Thank you again for your help -

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Jailbreak must have physical access

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 9:17 pm

There’s no way to jailbreak an iPhone without physical access to it and it’s something that requires a little time to do (you can’t just pick up an iPhone and jailbreak it). So, unfortunately, your husband and the repair shop are both potential candidates.

What you can try to do is load the MSpy control menu on your phone, look at the settings and see if there is any indication who might have set it up (e.g.an email address or phone number for SMS updates). To access the menu, Dial #000* then press call. If that doesn’t work, then the spy may have changed the default access code and you’re probably out of luck.

Let me know what you find.

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email address

From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2013 :: 9:19 pm

Oh, and you can contact me at ********** if you want to reach me directly.

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Pls contact me I'm n

From Sheena on January 22, 2016 :: 3:15 am

Pls contact me I’m n a big problem

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need help

From jacki on April 04, 2016 :: 11:13 am

Can you please help me, I think my phone is hacked. I feel like my every move is being watched and I’m drained.

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Thanks - tried to dial

From KC on June 10, 2013 :: 10:50 pm

Thanks - tried to dial the number you gave but I got a “call cannot be completed as dialed message”, then a “message 2” PX10MN, whatever that might mean.  I’m going to scroll through my data logs for any signs or clues that might reveal anything further.  I’m sure I’ll have another question for you tomorrow!  =)  Thanks!

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Hi there again - I

From kc on June 11, 2013 :: 12:56 pm

Hi there again - I just contacted you at the address you gave me.  Thanks so much!

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cell phone hacking question

From jcs219 on June 24, 2013 :: 12:02 am

can someone send and receive text messages from my phone number without me knowing?  i.e. a text conversation with my number attached to it, but it never came from my phone.

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Quite possible

From Josh Kirschner on June 24, 2013 :: 10:13 am

I have been testing a number of spyware programs and, while I haven’t specifically seen the feature to send messages from your phone, I certainly believe it would be possible to do given similar features I have tested.

We are looking for people to anonymously participate in a story we’re working on around spyware. If you would like me to participate and have us walk you through analyzing your phone for spyware and removing any that is found, please contact me at ********.

Best,
Josh Kirschner
Founder, Techlicious

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factory reset

From brad on July 31, 2015 :: 9:59 am

Will a factory reset and a new sim card erase any tracking software or apps that have been put on my phone or do I need a new phone? thanks

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Most of the time it would.

From Ryan on July 28, 2017 :: 8:15 am

However I have a friend that is monitored on a whole other level. To the point that verizon made her wait for a few days when she went to get a new phone. They shipped the phone from another state when they had them in stock in the store. The new, different model phone exhibits the same issues as the old one. I’ve personally tried to remove the tracking software, and it cant be found. It’s embedded at the firmware, likely bootloader level.

Mind you this friend has never done anything to anyone. However she’s dealt with this all her life.

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I would like to participate.

From Jackie on November 29, 2015 :: 5:22 pm

I would like to participate.

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participate in spy testing for story

From Carmen Lambeck on December 14, 2015 :: 8:31 am

Hi,

My phone is possessed ( by a person and not a demon). I downloaded an IOS update last night after reading this thread for a hour or so.

Long story short. I want to obtain the highest level of antimalware and put it on my phone and detect and remove spyware.

I’m involved in a high dollar civil litigation and the other side is spending “whatever it takes” to defeat me and my sons. All of our phones have been accessed from another device somewhere. I have known this was gong on for about a year but upgraded to iPhone 6 and that stopped it for a time. It has to be real - the opponents literally know every email, Facebook, safari search, anything that is done on my phone. There is no other way for them to have full access and they use it.

Anyway - paranoia aside. I believe information is the answer for me. I’m gong to email you from my gmail after I remove it from my phone and use the macbook.

They managed to get into it but the updates knock them back out. I have literally sat back and watched as my computer cursor moves it self, opens files and takes away my control.

One of my sons while at home asleep with his finance was sending text messages without his knowledge to me at 1:30 am begging me to wake up and help him!

Sounds like a soap opera but if I’ve learned one thing about human nature in the past couple of years its this - money is the root of evil in this world and sane men and women will say and do anything to possess it. Its quiet disturbing .

I don’t have an URL. Just a retired school teacher, late - n - life single mother with grown sons .

Thank you and please reply.

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Your not along I've seen my computer do the same thing

From Wow same thing is happing to me on November 09, 2016 :: 6:41 pm

It’s definitely personal that’s for sure

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Similar occurrence

From Mary on February 15, 2018 :: 1:31 pm

I received an emergency call 4 help from my son’s #.Text message sent pictures of someone in distress. Looked as if someone was bruised & bleeding. It was dark out. Google Maps appeared on my screen. GM was directing me to my son’s location. A friend of my son’s happened to be with me. She was reading the directions as I drove. It was as if we were on a wild goose chase trying to track my son down. We saw another friend of my son’s who said she was going to try and reach him over the computer. We continued to follow the GM which led us right back to where we started from. The town post office. In the interim we received a phone call from the friend who reached out to him via computer. She said he was fine. He was at home on the computer the whole while. He never sent me a text or called for ER help. I was relieved that my son was okay but absolutely traumatized by the ability of someone to do this. I am so glad that there were people who witnessed what was going on. I as well am involved in a high $ civil litigation. This individual did steal my identity investigated and proven from the government. I have also witnessed my computer being taken over. The exact same thing happened. The cursor moved across the screen on its own.I had no control over the cursor. Files would be extracted from my computer. I cannot understand how this can happen. How can a cell phone be hacked.My email was also compromised. I invested in a PO Box which this person was able to obtain and use that information as well. I now have to go through the state capital, my mail is going to be sent to them then they will forwarded my mail to me. This individual was able to create 2 accounts dealing with banking. They locked me out of my own account and diverted checks being sent to me. This person’s family owns a large computer software company. I am sure they know people who have the ability to do these things. It has been a nightmare. This person also has information that could not be obtained any other way then to go through my files and emails between lawyers. Is there anyway of putting a program on my computer or phone where I can trace the activity back to whomever is doing this. I know who is doing it. Evidence is necessary. 1 investigation has proven identity theft. There are multiple issues.  Any information would be helpful.

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Soooooo I will volunteer?been through

From beatrice on January 29, 2016 :: 3:16 am

Soooooo I will volunteer?been through at least a dozen phones prepaid and not prepaid. after his phone with AT&T iCloud they went over my phone and for me it has been rooted I explained I did not know what that meant so therefore I didn’t do it and there went everything warranties everything out the window I do resets factory data reset nothing gets rid of this I have noticed in my abs Android OS instead of Android system I’m going to assume that this is the app that will not allow me to stop it or uninstall it or disable it every phone I’ve had has been tortured I just got a Samsung Galaxynote 5 and I set it down fell asleep woke up it to have been rooted I do believe I cannot find out for sure however my battery is drained since then it doesn’t work properly I cannot log into any of my accounts all my passwords are wrong what do I do and besides you know the obvious help.another indication is I had 24 apps installed complete after this incident I had over 45 helped
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Help me

From Mimi on June 14, 2016 :: 2:57 am

I have had problems with my phone for a long time. Ive tried several apps factory reset and tried to get help. My locations are tracked my messages read and my camera has even been hacked. Not to mention unusual things going on in my home. Ive been called crazy and i just don’t trust anyone because of this.  Im deeply disturbed and depressed over this. Please help me. I csnt get help anywhere

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Can you provide more information?

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2016 :: 8:27 am

Hi Mimi,

Can you provide more details on why you think your locations are tracked and messages read? That will help me understand what issues you’re seeing and what the cause might be.

Thanks,
Josh

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Same called xrazy its in my head ur loosing it

From Samyaza grigori on May 05, 2018 :: 5:52 pm

Its been my understanding when people say this they are apart of the game thats being played i have had hard evendince messages screenshots of the viruses an their permissions an its “ur nuts” “dude its in your head” my own family think im making it up get some sleep itll go away hahahahahahahaha i switched phones last night had virus total mobile on that phone first rhing i did when i got home downloaxed virus total but now the app has been updated now we cant upload apks an thats my biggest ease cant upload emails either or text message links well i hate chess i was never good at it i get mad an flip the board over the board AND the TABLE getting flipped this time

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Hello Josh, I have had

From Jill pawlak on March 06, 2018 :: 9:09 am

Hello Josh, I have had this stalker on and off for awhile. If you could help me determine if he has spyware on my phone and computer that would help me feel a lot safer. I hired a private investigator and he basically scammed me out of a lot of money that I can’t afford. I was so scared and he made false promises si I’m right where I was. I would be greatly appreciated.  Sincerely, Jill

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He's stalking me....

From Maggie Jackson on June 25, 2013 :: 1:15 pm

My jealous, over-protective BF installed “Find my iPhone” on my phone to make sure I was where I said I would be and make sure I wasn’t “doing anything sketchy”.  He told me when he did this & I didn’t think anything of it since, contrary to his imagination, I’m not doing anything wrong.  2 questions:  Sometimes he tells me he “sees me” yards & yards from where my phone actually is. How can that be? Also, how can I be alerted everytime he is actually tracking my phone?  I;m not going to turn the feature off because then he will believe I’m hiding something, but I would like to be aware of when he does it and can I be alerted every time he tracks me?

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And you're okay with that?

From Josh Kirschner on June 26, 2013 :: 10:02 am

Let me start with your technical questions. Location tracking can be inaccurate for a number of reasons. If you don’t have a good satellite signal or no signal, your location will be off. This could be because your iPhone is reporting its last known good location or switching to cell tower-based location tracking, which can be much less accurate.

There’s no easy way to be alerted when someone is using the Find My Phone feature. Part of the feature is not to alert the person who has the phone, so you can better track down a stolen device.

It’s also possible that your controlling BF has installed other spyware on your iPhone that will allow him to track you texts, voice calls and even your email. Downloading Lookout Security for your iPhone to check for jailbreaking. If it is jailbroken, it’s highly likely there is spyware on the device.

It’s beyond me why you’re okay with him tracking you this way - my expertise is in tech, not relationships. Though my wife would probably say I’m at least doing an okay job with the latter. But you may want to consider talking to a counselor about your relationship. It’s not normal and it’s not healthy.

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Use Being Hacked to YOUR Advantage

From Susan on July 07, 2013 :: 10:49 pm

To all the hackees reading this site:  If you are in some kind of battle/contest like a nasty divorce, child custody, alimony contest, etc., and you have been hacked, and you know about it, you have been handed a golden opportunity.

Go to the store and get a NON smart phone and use that to speak with attorneys, family and other confidants.  You may have to leave this cell locked in your work desk if you live in the same house as your hacker because, as my friend’s husband did to her, your hacker may be going through your car, your purse and your pockets after you get home from work.  Then, only use the hacked phone for incidental phone calls AND to provide the information to your hacker that you WANT him/her to have.  It is a beautiful way to turn this situation to your advantage.

My friend very accidentally discovered that her estranged husband had called their family plan cell phone provider and enabled GPS tracking on her handset just before she left to drive across two states to visit me for ten days.  She was scared to death, but then we couldn’t stop laughing after we made our game plan.  We got even with him by getting a non-smart prepaid phone which she keeps locked in her desk at work, and then we immediately sent the GPS-enabled phone on a little trip.  We charged it, and then mailed the phone and the charger to my cousin in California, then he charged it and mailed it to Georgia, then next person charged it and mailed to Florida.  So for almost two weeks, he wasn’t tracking her, he was tracking some mailman!  It made him NUTS, and it was just what he deserved.

If someone you are in a dispute with gets access to your phone, the only thing better for you is if you can make sure they also get access to an email account that you have.  You will be able to provide false information, and you will control the entire situation.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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Spying on my phone & text messages

From Lucy on July 08, 2013 :: 6:35 pm

I recently divorced and still think my ex is spying on me. I know he somehow hacked into my old IPHONE. He was able to turn in on and listen to conversations I was having with others. I think he has gotten into a phone my mom got me. How can I be sure who it is? Him or my new guy? It is an old T Mobile Nokia smart phone. It has had all the thing described above. Comes on for no reason, phone or battery hot, wont shut off when I try the first time. I have info I stored all the nasty text he sent into a folder on my phone. But not every T Mobile knows how to retrieve my text which is stupid to me. I store them on a thumb drive. So my ? How can I tell if it is still being spied on what can they see? Text, phone conversations and numbers? Can I find out WHO it is spying??? My new guy I think has cheated on me twice and talking to another girl and text quit often. He’s talking to someone how can I track his texts and phone conversations???

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Contact me for help with your current phone

From Josh Kirschner on July 22, 2013 :: 1:46 pm

Hi Lucy,

We’re looking for participants in a story we’re working on about victims of spyware. If you’re interest in participating (we won’t use your real name in the story), we can walk through an analysis of your phone and resolve hardware threats we find. Though it can be very difficult to tell who is actually doing the spying just from a technical analysis. Contact me at ********* if interested.

Best,
Josh Kirschner
Founder, Techlicious

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scan asap!!

From Nate 9708884811 on February 12, 2015 :: 5:25 am

There are some people in my life right now telling me to destroy my IphoneS. I told a detective i would assist him, but was really just trying to say my goodbyes to my papa who may not be around when i get out!. Now i have a certain Cartel awaiting orders from HA tomorrow

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My number bud!!

From Nate 9708884811 on February 12, 2015 :: 5:33 am

My number bud!!

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I've been hacked my phone

From ricky on June 08, 2015 :: 12:27 am

I’ve been hacked my phone has been rooted without my knowledge. I have background processes running and bad batterylife my phone takes audio and video recordings of me etc. How can I get this off

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Crazy girlfriend

From Holly on June 25, 2015 :: 1:17 pm

I am currently being spied on by my bf…she has me video n audio recorded with hidden cameras n also has my phone bugged n has parental controls on my LG flex..what can I do to block her or find what apps she has put on my phone. I don’t care if she knows I found them. please help me..n how do I find the hidden cameras in my house

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Want to be part of study

From Sydni sallee on January 02, 2016 :: 4:21 pm

iPhone 6 in probate litigation I get text while writing text that said a legal action was “stupid” when got black banner top screen rolling message that said “not stupid I can’t hack your iPhone”.


Urgent help needed

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Unbelievable, even to myself

From Kat on September 04, 2017 :: 2:46 pm

I previously was in a relationship, when in the beginning was what I thought to be my own personal “Cinderfuckingrella” story, that blindsided me in whole. When I tell people bits and pieces of the hell I lived daily for almost 2 years I almost feel like I should be in a mental hospital. I reassure you I am of sound mind. When one lives through the hell I faced then there would be understanding. Even to this day (1 year later) I revert back to moments with my “ex-ass” that left a scar. So many times I wonder what is wrong with me that I stick it out for as long as I did? One can’t fathom that the environment around them could possibly be compromised in it’s entirety. Mine was and because of it I have inherited a paranoia that never even remotely existed in anything me. It is literally living he’ll. I have been trying to find information explaining the technical aspects “the monster” used to aide in destroying my life wholy. My story is long.  It is crazy. I will let you in on a brief moment that took place then and if you would like to know anything more then email me and I will set aside time to write more detailed happenings.
  My mobile carrier at the time was T-Mobile. I went to the mall and for “the devil’s advocate” and myself a LG K-7 phone. I didn’t have it very long and started having issues. I kept saying that someone was in my phone and has been changing my passwords and settings on my phone. All felt I was a bit extreme in my thinking and blew me off. I called t-mobile with a technical issue that arose. When talking to anyone through my, now 2 week old phone, I would have to practically yell into the phone in order to be heard. I explained to the tech that ,crazy as it sounds, I think someone is in my phone. He entertained me and told me to hold my thumb down on each empty app slot on my app pages. In doing so the first slot I tried revealed a hidden app. He couldn’t believe it even more than myself. For as much as I was relieved for the visual proof of my paranoia it was very unsettling. They gladly sent me a new phone. It came while I was at work and when I got home was handed my new phone, opened, and “all ready to go” said “the creepy coward”. I had an uneasy feeling but brushed it off. I returned my other phone as required. Each phone and all it’s guts and parts have id numbers making them unique to one phone. I factory reset it instantly and then set up my new Google account and email. Miraculously my contacts and old texts and info from my bad phone are present in my new one? How? “The multi-abuser” tried convincing me that was a carrier benefit. I knew better but played along. .......when packing up my house i am bring made to leave due to financial misery I gained from the relationship, i discovered hid broken phone that was “thrown away”. I discovered that the motherboard wasn’t the same number as the other parts.  It was my old pho e and mine was hid and my new one was on the phone I returned. Wtf? And there is so much more…..

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How to contact u?

From Samyaza grigori on May 05, 2018 :: 6:05 pm

Ur contact info has *******so email the astrix or…..........needing some1 to talk to who hasnt been PLAYING with me since they noticed how fun it is but theu came for a show i dont want to disappoint

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