Find if There Is Any Spyware on Your Smartphone

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Do you think there is something wrong with your smartphone? Did you find any suspicious file on your cell phone? Or do you think someone is spying on you through your smartphone? How could you know the truth? Here are some ways to help you find if there is any spyware on your smartphone.

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iPhone/iPad

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    Search Cydia without quotation to see if there is Cydia icon on your iPhone/iPad or not
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    Cydia icon is the sign of jailbreaking
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    Most spy apps can be only installed on Jailbroken iPhones or iPads.
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    If your iPhone is Jailbroken necessarily, don't worry
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    Please search info "iPhone spy/keylogger" in Google search. You could find several well-ranked spy apps for iPhones.
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    Go to official websites of those spy apps and seek help from their customer service
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    You can find ways to bring out the hidden spy apps installed on your iPhone or iPad. For example, some spy apps can be opened with the default hotkey Ctrl+Alt+(A-Z). Another way is to ask the customer support like "Excuse me, I forgot the way to open my hidden XXX(spy app's name), could you please help me?" In this way, you can easily know if these good spy apps searched are installed on your iPhones or iPads or not.
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Android devices

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    Go to Settings - Applications - Manage Applications or Running Services.
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    Check some suspicious looking files
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    Usually the files are in disguised names so they don't stand out, but sometimes they may contain terms like spy, monitor, stealth and so on. Some of poor quality software are quite easy to spot.
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Other Simple Ways to Detect Spy Apps

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    There are several tell-tale signs that suggest your phone is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way
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    The signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, they can also be glaring:
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    Look For Weird Or Strange Behavior from Your Phone.
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    Decreased battery capacity.
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    Noise During Phone Calls.
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    Random Reboots And Shut Downs.
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    Look For Strange Text Messages.
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    Higher Data Usage.
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    Sounds When Your Phone Is Not In Use.
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    Delay In Shut Down.
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    Look For New Apps Installed On Your Phone.
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    Heat Up When Not In Use.
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    Your Phone Runs Slowly.
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Way to Remove Any Spy Software

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    Install Anti Spyware Or Antivirus Apps. Install good anti-virus app on your phone to check and kill any suspicious files on your phone
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    But some spy software can't be detected by anti-virus app, you could try other way.
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    Factory resets. Whether Android or iPhone, resetting your iPhone to its factory settings will remove any spy software easily and successfully, but please remember that you should backup your data before you reset your phone.
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