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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 :: 731 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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remove spy app from partners phone remotely

From Arianna on October 30, 2014 :: 12:10 am

Hello
I recently installed mspy on my partners phone however I noticed that the application showed in his downloaded applications and before I could do anything he asked for his phone back. He has now gone on traveling holiday and he made comment saying ‘I know his whole life passwords accounts and said the only thing you havent done is tap into my phone’...ahhh coincidence he said tap into his phone? I think noooo its not coinsidental as now he almost all day remains ‘offline’ where & when he goes online and does something he can delete it within 2 minutes withou it being registered for me to track. Sooo I need to urgently remove it so that when he returns he cant show me, have fact with proof as he has told me he needs space to figure out if he wants to be with me…ive overstepped the line, soo stupid of me to do this as ofcoarse if the shoe was on the other foot id be pissed with him tracking melo
I recently installed mspy on my partners phone however I noticed that the application showed in his downloaded applications and before I could do anything he asked for his phone back. He has now gone off sight & he made comment saying ‘I know his whole life and he has nothing to hide from me and said the only thing you havent done is tap into my phone…ahhh coincidence? I think not as now he almost all day remains ‘offline’ where & when he goes online and does something he can delete it within 2 minutes without it being registered for me to track. Sooo I need to urgently remove it so that when he returns he cant show me, as he has told me he needs space to figure out if he wants to be with me…overstepped the line, soo stupid of me to do this aa ofcoarse if the shoe was on the other foot id be pissed with him tracking me. HELP!!! His phone was last backed up 25/10 but I want to avoid all his applications being deleted as he loves his games & will loose what levels he is up to etc. I didnt root the phone so can this be done….?!?! I am almost certain that this is breaking point…7 1/2 years will be ruined, he wont take such behavior!!! His phone was last backed up 25/10 but I want to avoid all his applications being deleted as he loves his games & will loose what levels he is up to etc. I didnt root the phone so can this be done….?!?!

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No

From Josh Kirschner on October 30, 2014 :: 5:27 pm

Apps can’t be removed remotely. That used to be an option for Google Play, but is no longer.

It sounds like you guys have a lot more to work out, though, than what apps are installed on his phone.

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Spying boyfriend -

From uncertain on October 31, 2014 :: 4:13 pm

Close to two years ago my boyfriend and I were living together. We were having intimacy issues, for over a year and a half my boyfriend did not want to sleep with me. We had sex quartly. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Getting fed up we spoke one night and i thought we broke up. I was in need of some love and slept with someone else. Long story short we got back together - i got pregnant - and two days after we discovered I was pregnant I came home one Saturday to him having packed up all his Sh$% and was gone. He had cleared my phone camera and computer of all pictures of us. Later that day he text me a stream of texts exchanged btw myself and the guy i slept with. The texts were from six or so months prior (during the time we - i thought were not together). We both have iphones and he totally had access to my phone. How could he have intercepted these messages? I purchased a new iphone, but could he still be in my new phone?

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED! I didn’t know he was spying on me either.

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Same here

From Frustrated horl on June 07, 2017 :: 1:57 am

I have same problem

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Help plz!

From Layla Rahzor on November 01, 2014 :: 12:59 pm

Hi Josh, Im hoping you can talk me through how i find icloud on my phone. i have no clue whre it is and ive looked everywhere!!!!! I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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what's the best type of cell phone to get to prevent hacking/snooping/cloning?

From Mel on November 04, 2014 :: 5:36 pm

Hi,

I have been having a lot of weird things happening with my Cable, computer, cell & cordless home phone.  My ex-boyfriend is getting into all of these and also into other family members & friends phones.  It’s insane & he’s driving me crazy.

I cancelled my Cable & wireless plans.  I have not had a cell phone or turned on my TV for the last 6 months.  I do not have an internet connection.  I am getting an old style phone today (the ones with just the phone line connection, not a cordless that uses electricity cause I think he has access to that too, or maybe he’s listening to the cordless through a scanner or bug).  I really don’t even want to use that, though.

I wonder if there is a cell phone & plan that is better to protect me from this.  I’ve been looking at pay as you go phones with SIM cards that do not have even have an option for internet access or Bluetooth.  Just phone & text.  No camera even, but it does have a speaker. 

Would this be my best option?  Should I get new SIM cards every month or so?  Not even sure how that works but can figure it out.

I would also only use it when I am away from my apartment.  How many miles away do you think would be good enough to prevent a scanner or other device from picking up the calls?  Of course, he does follow me around so he could have a scanner with him, so I’m not sure distance would even matter.

I have filed a report with the police but have no evidence so they said there is nothing they can do.

I would appreciate your advice.  I’ve been out of touch with the world for so long!  This guy is a number one JERK.  I am writing to you through my friend’s email as I don’t even have that anymore.  Please help.

Best,
Terre

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Any modern phone is safe, when handled properly

From Josh Kirschner on November 04, 2014 :: 6:55 pm

Any cell phone is safe from spying as long as it remains in your possession. I have not seen any spyware that can be remotely installed (except for law enforcement, in conjunction with your carrier). Putting a lock code on your device acts as further protection in case someone gets hold of your phone. There’s also no reason to switch SIM cards. Cloning modern SIM cards is VERY difficult. Cell phone transmissions are also encrypted and can’t be picked up by a scanner.

For your home phone, a cordless phone is fine as long as it uses digital (DECT 6) encryption. Those transmissions also can’t be intercepted by a scanner, (Note: older, analog cordless phone technology can be intercepted, and there may be some manufacturers still making these).

I’ve never heard of snooping via cable. Not even sure how that would happen or what your concern would be, except if he had access to your account and could play around with your service plans. Securing your password would mitigate that issues.

Similarly for computers, using strong passwords, installing anti-malware software, not opening unknown attachments and not giving your Ex direct access to your computer will keep you safe.

There’s no need to distance yourself from the world when staying safe is relatively easy to do.

Best,
Josh

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Spyware

From Jason on November 04, 2014 :: 7:59 pm

I have an Iphone 5c. Some how my wife has gotten a spyware program and has it in my facebook account she hasn’t admitted it to me and I’m not sure how she did it. But all of the sudden she has unlimited access to every single thing I have every done on facebook. At first I thought she had only hacked my account when she started tell me about thing I hit like on in a private/secret group on facebook. But then she begins questioning me about things that I did way long ago. Starters, I have not cheated and do not want to cheat I love my wife. I work off and some times get bored and will look at random things. But not anymore now that I know I was wrong for it. Somehow she can tell me everything that I have typed in the search bar. Names of ex-girl friends. Going to her page and clicking on her friends list then searching for only her male friends. Honestly She has away of seeing all of this and telling me the day and time I done it!!!!! Oh and even 3 months ago when I typed in Beautiful Naked Women. But it’[s not like I did anything but look. I’m gone 30 days in the middle of no where. So my question is how did she do it and what can I do to stop it. It’s only my facebook account that she talks about. So I don’t know if she used my phone or what. I know it has cause a lot of problems. I have cheated and do not want to. Please help. I was going to delete my FB account but after reading about it my info is all still out there and she can still see things from the pasted. Which is really strange beings I don’t even know how to check my history on my account.

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Probably your Facebook Activity Log

From Josh Kirschner on November 05, 2014 :: 9:02 am

There is no way to install spyware just on “Facebook”. However, anyone with access to your Facebook account can see your “Activity Log”, which shows all your activity, including searches. Changing your Facebook password so only you have access will stop this.

To see your activity log and the info it contains, click the drop down in the upper right corner on Facebook and click"Activity log”.

Note there’s no way to to turn your Facebook Activity Log off, but only you have access to it (unless someone else knows your password).

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My hacked phone help me

From Rick on March 15, 2016 :: 5:06 pm

Am not good with phones but someone listens in on my phone calls and can talk though it and it makes a really weird noise.I’ve changed phones and still I have a problem with the same thing.Help me what can I do to stop this for good ??

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First you said you haven't

From Julie on September 08, 2015 :: 5:58 pm

First you said you haven’t cheated, then you said you have.  ?

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spyware on facebook

From carla on January 21, 2016 :: 4:25 am

Does this spyware or if its spyware messes with me getting on facebook and does not load up. But I’m being açused of loading spyware. How is this possible.

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moving text messages

From Dominick Baldwin on November 09, 2014 :: 1:58 am

my wife and I suspect her ex husband has tapped into our phones email messages would just disappear as soon as you open the app she would go to her trash and they would disappear from there this is happened on several email addresses her phone number or contact picture call her one day in the middle of a big group of usand now my phone apparently I got all of her text messages into my phone is there a way that one person can do this? Please help

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Probably not

From Josh Kirschner on November 14, 2014 :: 8:47 am

Unless someone has physical access to your phone, it’s highly unlikely to have spyware on it. It would be much more likely an ex would be accessing your wife’s email because he knows her email account password. Follow these steps to ensure your account is secure: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/what-to-do-when-your-email-gets-hacked/

As far as the text messages, are you using Android or iOS? And are you talking about iMessage? Because iMessage is associated with your Apple ID, so if her ID was used on your phone, you may start seeing her iMessages.

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It's probably snap chat

From Kim on January 05, 2016 :: 9:22 pm

Her ex husband probably sent disappearing messages to her. Why he would do that I don’t know.  Maybe there’s something else going on behind the scenes…maybe the guys just a game player

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Nerve racking

From Bryan on November 28, 2014 :: 8:45 pm

My sister and I have almost always had weird happenings during our phone calls…dropped calls wayyyyy out of the ordinary etc etc.

But it is the texts which bother me.  Today (and its happened before)...I (old Samsung UNsmart phone) received a text from her.  The text came across oddly double spaced AND entire words were missing.  So this evening, I went back to read the text…and EERYtime I clicked to open, my phone died.  Repeatedly tried clicking on her text…repeatedly, the phone shut off…even though I had plenty of power.  And JUST the text from her…not the ones from other people…JUST THAT TEXT.  We have a sibling we are estranged from who is rich, mean, connected…and is trying to position himself for our father’s estate.  So the conversations and texts between my sister and I would be of GREAT importance to him.  Question:  Before our estrangement a couple of years ago, unbeknownst to him, twice I saw my brother give his brother-in-law wads of cash.  His brother-in-law is wayyyyyy up in Sprint and handles privileged tech and “access” issues.  My phone if Virgin Mobile (which uses Sprint’s netword…my sister’s phone is sprint.  COULD someone in Sprint remotely intercept my sister and I’s phone interaction?  The phone dying ONLY when I click her texts is perplexing.  Thanks if you can help.

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Not sure the two are connected

From Josh Kirschner on December 07, 2014 :: 1:28 pm

Is it possible someone at Sprint is monitoring your messages? Sure, it’s possible (though likely illegal), but they wouldn’t need to access or affect your phone to do that. They could pull the messages directly from Sprint’s servers.

I don’t have any experience with spyware on non-smartphones. Maybe there are programs that could be loaded on the phone to forward your text messages to another person, and that could be causing a problem with the device. But perhaps the issue ia related to the specific coding (i.e., MMS vs SMS) of the messages she sends or the content in them (e..g, attachments). Or maybe your phone has just gotten old and buggy.

Either way, since your phone isn’t working correctly and you say it’s pretty old, getting a new one should solve your issue. There are plenty of inexpensive non-smartphone options out there.

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Hacked

From Helen Juarez on December 02, 2014 :: 11:46 pm

So I have tried many things to fix my phone but its just not working and AT/ Samsung do not want to help me…my google,yahoo,all search engines are diff from original ones in my galaxy 5s…its almost like an iphone or something. It seems apps are turned on and off or something and security in the phone is uding outdated versions if that even makes sense….I believe its my boyfriend and his cousin out of the navy/another friend in homeland security doing this to me…meanwhile I have been experiencing fraud on my credit cards now also.

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HELP! galaxy got hacked and wiped clean

From chelsie on December 14, 2014 :: 7:41 pm

my galaxy started acting up, so I was on google to find answers, but every time I would get close to figuring it out it would tell me I had to disable a program or change a setting option, well at first I thought nothing of it until my phone started glitching ( like flicker while I was trying to use it) well, I went to my cleaning program (clean master)and out of no where it told me “MASS MEDIA LOSS”, which then proceeded to show me a battery looking shape (but huge size) and it was full of all my info when next thing I know im watching the hacker drain ALL my info! and there was nothing I could do,
    so I started to panic! im still trying to wrap my head around it, but I then decided to try to recover lost/stolen files ect. with a downloaded program called (jihosoft android phone recovery), well I don’t know what it did or if phone is still hacked even after a factory reset? but now its like it has a mind of it own-the ram keeps filling up, files that should have stuff are empty and the ones that aren’t important have like 180 mb??? nothing is right anymore and I need help asap :( phone is only a couple months old and I sure cant afford a new one.

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I don't think this is malware

From Josh Kirschner on December 15, 2014 :: 11:05 am

Your phone certainly seems like it has an issue(s), but I don’t see any reason to suspect it is “hacked”. If a hacker were stealing your info, you wouldn’t “see it” happening - it’s not like some spy movie where there’s an on-screen indicator showing files being copied. You can download Norton, Lookout or one of our other recommended anti-malware products, but I don’t think you’ll find anything.

It could be that you have a hardware problem of some sort with the memory on the phone or another physical issue. I would do a factory reset (again) and only download those programs that you absolutely need on the device and see if you still are having issues. If you are, I would suggest seeing if you can get it repaired or replaced under warranty.

FWIW, we generally don’t recommend “cleaning programs” for your phone. They often offer little to no benefit and can create problems of their own.

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phone spying

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

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

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how can this be done

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

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

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just get a Windows Phone.

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

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

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Never say never

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

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

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Cell Phone Spy app

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

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

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Unexplained Text Message

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

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

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

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

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What phone do you have?

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

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

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Android

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

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

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Couple of possibilities

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

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

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

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help

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

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

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A lot more out there

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

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

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

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

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

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sms hacking

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

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

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YES

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

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


FOLLOW THESE STEPS

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

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

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How are these iphones hacked?

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

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

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phone issues

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

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

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I want spy app logs through navigation

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

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

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"...Of course, secretly intercepting electronic

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

“...Of course, secretly intercepting electronic communications without the person’s knowledge and consent is illegal, so I told my son I was doing it and that I’d only use it if I had good reason….”

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

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Cell spy Navigation app available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I need help all my

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

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

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is it possible

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

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

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Hello

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

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

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tell me how?what I should do.

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

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

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I forgot to tell you

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

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

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Sounds like a password issue, not a phone issue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devictomize from spying

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

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

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HELP ME OUT!!!

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

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

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haking

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

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

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My guess would be that

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

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

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