Know if Someone Is Spying on My Phone

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If you're worried about having your phone spied on, you're not alone! Millions of people have voiced their concerns regarding privacy over the past few years. It's scary to think that people can spy on your phone without you being aware of it, but luckily, there are a number of ways to find out if your phone has been hacked. Read this article to learn a number of things you can do to make sure your phone is not being tracked.

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Quickly Check if Your Phone is Being Spied On

There are a number of quick, easy methods you can employ to make sure no one is spying on your phone.

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    If your battery is draining more quickly than usual, tracking software could be running in the background.
    --Unless you're playing a bunch of games on your phone, your battery draining quickly could be a sign that you're being tracked.
    -- This is especially true when your phone is taking longer to charge. A longer charge time might indicate that an intensive app -- like a monitoring app -- is running.
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    If your phone constantly feels warm, spy software could be running.
    -- Your phone will get warm from time to time as it runs intense software like games, but if you aren't running anything other than Facebook and your phone feels like it could fry an egg, you could be the victim of spy software.
    -- This is not applicable while you are charging your device -- some phones just get hot as the battery charges. However, if a phone becomes really warm to the touch, it may be a result of your phone being over-worked, and this might mean that a spyware application is running.
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    If your phone calls have been filled with strange noises or echoing lately, somebody might be listening in.
    -- If you've never had issues with your phone echoing during calls in the past, but you are now, you might have an uninvited guest on your phone call.
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Do In-Depth Checks to See if Your Phone is Being Spied On

If none of the previous suggestions have given you sufficient information to know whether or not you're being spied on, some of the steps below will give you a more-detailed look at what is happening with your phone.

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    Check your phone's network usage.
    -- Did you know that you can monitor your phone's network usage by using your carrier's USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes? Follow this guide to learn your carrier's USSD codes.
    -- Spy apps work by sending data to the spy who secretly installed it on your phone. If your data, minutes, or text usage looks suspicious, the possibility that a tracking application is spying on your phone and sending data to whoever is spying on you is real.
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    Install an anti-spyware application on your device.
    -- Anti-spyware applications can help you get rid of the spy software that may have been installed on your device.
    -- A good Android option is Anti Spy Mobile. It will scan your phone for spyware and help you get rid of it.
    -- iPhones are more secure than Android phones, as long as you aren't Jailbroken. Your iPhone won't allow the installation of any apps outside of those you download from the App Store. That doesn't mean you're totally safe, but the person who's spying on you will need to physically get a hold of your device to manually install the software. If you don't lose your phone, and if you have an effective lock on your phone, you will be safe.
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    If you are technically minded or know somebody who is, here is a way to set a trap and discover if spy software is running on your phone.
    1. Buy a cheap WiFi router, and plug it into the main router in your house. To do this, connect the WAN port of the new router into any of the Ethernet ports in the back of your main router.
    2. Be sure to change the subnet of the new router to be different from the main router. i.e.. If the main router is on then you should configure the other router to use
    3. Now connect your phone into the WiFi of the new wireless router you bought.
    4. Now connect a computer or laptop to the new router.
    5. Install any free packet-sniffing tool. I recommend searching Google for "Open source packet sniffer"
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    6. Now turn on the packet sniffer and send an email
    7. You will see a ton of information show up on the packet sniffer. If you have chosen a good packet sniffer you will have an easier time sorting through the data.
    8. Pay special attention to the destination address. If you have spyware you will see copies of your email being sent to an IP other than the IP of your SMTP server for your ISP. You will want to do reverse IP lookup any IP addresses that don't belong to you, to see which one is your ISP and which one is the spy software's data capture server.
    9. Some spy software is programmed to only send data at various times so you may need to leave your phone connected to the new router's WiFi for 24 hours to be sure you are not being spied on. During that time, you can't use your phone because it will create data traffic that may obscure the spy software's data stream when it happens.
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Questions and Answers

Is spying possible on c1-01 mobile?

Is spying possible on c1-01 mobile, can anyone read my messages and see my call list

Usually a phone like the c1-01 has to be jailbroken first, however spy apps are getting better by the minute to compete with, and some, like mSpy, do not need a jailbroken device for them to install.

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How can I tell if someone is spying on my WiFi?

Can an app like "Fing" be used to see if someone is spying on my device via WiFi? Fing and Wifi Inspector are two out of several apps that can detect who is using your WiFi, and if they are spying using your WiFi. You will see them when you use the apps mentioned.

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Can someone spy on your text or phone calls without having access to your phone?

My phone is always hot (only have a few apps), battery quickly runs down, & hear noises such as popping or clicking sounds, someone saying hello, someone sneezing....the person that was on the phone with me also heard the sounds. Recently, got new phone but used an app to transfer all info, data, & pics. New Android Note5 phone has same issues....battery runs down to 50% before noon (only have a few apps), very hot, and noises! Husband also has same issue. Someone accessed pics off of his phone and began prank texting him and sending his pics to him.. I have tried: Tried anti spy mobile on my phone. no results.. I think it was caused by: Don't know

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Anti spy software should have picked up a spy apps, although I would first lock down your wireless router to see if anything changes just in case the hacker gained access using the wireless router. Most spy apps do not make sound and listening real time to calls is muted on the other end so you would not hear sneezing. There may also be a problem with your cell provider's local network towers and there is cross call contamination happening. Just one app like Facebook can drain a battery fast if you are always logged in and do not force stop the app each time you exit. Skype is another app that drains a battery fast just running in the background and so is Google Maps if your location is always turned on. Try using an app like Advanced Task Killer or Greenify to see if that helps your phone battery and interference issues.

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I am sure I'm being spied on, yet can't prove it, can you help?

People seem to know every where I go, and everything I say even in my vehicle. I have tried: Not much. counter surveillance. I think it was caused by: Revenge. Being done by some people

It is very possible that somebody has installed spyware on your phone while you were not around. In order for it to be installed, the person or people that you suspect are spying on you, would have had to have access to your phone for at least thirty minutes, while they installed a program like FlexISP, Highster Mobile, mSpy, iKeyMonitor, Spy Bubble or PhoneSheriff. These programs can track your location through GPS, remotely control the phone, block messages, access your passwords, record surroundings, listen in on your phone calls and intercept your calls. Removing your SIM card does not help in this case because the software has been secretly installed onto your phone itself.

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Sometimes these programs leave behind a mysterious file installer file. This installer file is sometimes named right after the spying app. Such is the case with Mobistealth. The file is named movistealthv2.apk. You can also look for hidden subdirectories, with the help of a cell-phone geek. These files might be identified as installer/, .radio or as .log.

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Another clue is if you suspect that your phone has been jailbroken. All spying programs need access to your internet for them to work. You can stop the spying application immediately by upgrading its firmware, which has the effect of un-jailbreaking your phone.

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Finally, you're phone may be trying to warn you that there is a problem by actually displaying a message warning of "superuser access" on your phone.

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How can I know or catch the person spying on my phone?

I want to know the person spying on my BlackBerry 9320

Choose in settings Options then Advanced and finally, Applications. You will see all apps that are installed listed there, including any spy apps there as well. There is currently no keylogger spyware apps for Blackberry but if you think your accounts have been compromised; you should change your email passwords anyway.

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Hi my big brother is a big issue, I think he's spying on my phone?

My phone from back lid warms continuously, automatic apps opens in slow speed. I have tried: Nothing else. I think it was caused by: Hacking I'm pretty sure

This issue is probably not because of hacking but because your phone can't handle the amount of data from apps that you are using on a daily basis. Apps like and Clean Master can be used to boost the speed of your mobile device. When your phone is lagging, using these apps will greatly improve its performance.

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Is there any software that I can use to prevent spyware?

I think someone is spying on my phone because my parents seems to always know what I'm saying and know how much money I got due to me being so open in my phone calls to my friend about it... not that I don't want them to know, it's just that I need my own space... I'm 22 years on for crying out loud, like give me a break LOL.

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Although you are 22, you are still their child and they care about you. If you are on their cell provider contract, many companies now offer cell device monitoring features within their family plan. You can download an anti-spyware like Malwarebytes or Koebenapps Wiretap Detection to make sure. Have you considered they might be simply listening at your door? Regardless, parents have this uncanny sixth sense about their children to the point that there is no need for a spy app. You can turn 30 and still be their little bundle of joy and they will always care about you. Try to gain more independence and space by thanking them for their concern but ask that they allow you to make your own decisions as an adult and let them know that you will never learn how to be on your own unless you make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

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Yes, please help? I am not tech savvy?

I think my husband has put something on my phone to track my text messages because he asks questions just a couple hours that pertain to a conversation I just had in text with someone else. All this tech stuff is confusing me. How do I know for certain? I already installed the AntiSpy Mobile app and it came out clean.. I have tried: Installed and ran the app AnitSpy Mobile. I think it was caused by: Not sure

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You can also look in your settings and under Application Manager to see if any spy apps are installed. Your anti-spyware app that you installed should have picked up any spy apps, but make sure by checking your settings in the Application Manager as well. Is it possible that he is speaking with the other person that you are texting with, and that is how he is getting the information? If you are on a joint account for your cell plan, he can view incoming text and call numbers but not the messages, yet that could be giving him clues.

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Somebody has located me with my cellphone no?

I relocated for some security reasons but I have been stalked by someone and she finally found my new house, how is that possible. I have tried: Searched her details using linked in can't find anything. I think it was caused by: Intimidation

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They would have had to install a spy app on your phone, so check your phone for any spy application downloads. If you had your location on when you posted onto social media, many social media sites now show a general location like Joe Schmoe: I love ice cream - in East Chicago. If a person is truly obsessed and stalking you, they would know your routines as well as you do, and this person may have followed you home from work or your Tuesday Yoga session that you go to weekly.

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People showing up on the screen?

I was listening to Spotify when my music stopped and then I had to restart it again. Then the second time it stopped again and I swear I saw somebody show up on the screen like they were watching me.. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: I don't know.

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It was probably an ad from Spotify that displayed improperly. Most spy apps and hacks do not display the other person that is hacking like you'll see on television or movies. You can run anti-spyware to be completely sure though.

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I feel spyware is on my mobile?

Somebody, probably my wife, installed a spy on my S4. How to remove because we are fighting everyday when I am back home. I have tried: Nothing, just googled and got your link

Use an anti spyware app and check your Application Manager to see if any spy apps are listed in there as well. You should ask her if she felt the need to download a spy app, and if she did, why is there so much distrust. Do not go into the conversation defensively but offer a solution to rebuild the trust between you so that your relationship can begin to flourish again.

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How do I know if someone downloaded and saved my HP information to their thumb drive or laptop?

How to identify? How to prevent it? What am I supposed to do? Thank you.

You can go into downloads and see when the last time that area was accessed. You also can set up security through Windows that password protects your files from being downloaded as well. Why would someone want your files? Make a list of possible suspects that have access to your HP device to try to determine who would take your data.

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How do I get rid of spyware if on my phone?

I've been noticing a lot of different things going on with my phone, and conversations I've not shared with my husband he knows about. Last week my office manager helped me to transfer pictures, and contacts to my computer, and restore it back to factory settings. I feel like there is another something on my phone. As, my battery is draining too fast, and this morning I've got it charging on my computer and a notification about low battery and something else showed up. Before I could read what it said it was gone. And my battery was at 80% charged. I need some help if you could guide me I'd greatly appreciate it. Now I am seriously thinking about getting something to install on my husband's phone to trace/track him. If you could help me there, too. As I'm not a techie person. Thanks

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You did a factory reset your phone, and if a spy app was on there, that would have removed it. He would have had to re-install a new spy app onto the reset phone to continue monitoring. There are several popups that can show up if you have your phone rooted to charge, just like if you use the USB to add thumb drive and you see a pop up saying the device drivers were installed correctly.

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I think my soon to be ex is tracking my texts etc?

I think my soon to be ex is tracking my texts, emails, location. I turn the location off my phone and turned on an anti spyware. The only thing that comes up is "A message spying attempt was detected done by APP Sprint Zone." (I have sprint) should I be worried?

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The anti-spyware is detected as a spy app through most regular cell check monitoring. If the app was turned on at the time, you would have gotten a message of possible compromise. You should not be worried unless you see a downloaded spy app in your applications setting other than your anti-spyware app.

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Is my phone being tracked or bugged?

If so, by whom and bu which phone number and how long has it been. I have tried: This website. I think it was caused by: Noise in phone

Download an anti-spyware app if you are using a mobile device to check for any spy applications that may be downloaded onto your phone. Sometimes, cellphones will just have a bad connection due to a problem with your cell tower, which can cause a static type noise on your phone. To see if that is the issue, hang up and place the call again. Often when you reconnect to a tower, the static and noise will be gone.

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Can people see what I'm doing on my phone through a WiFi box or an app on their phone?

OK., so this man I know knows exactly what I am doing on my phone like he knows when I'm on the internet and stuff and I'm afraid that he can see everything I'm doing. I have tried: An anti virus app. I think it was caused by: I think he can check through his WiFi box or he might have installed an app on my phone without me knowing but I don't know

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Run anti-spyware, which is different than antivirus. You also can use an app like Fling to see if anyone else is sitting on your WiFi network. Check your application settings to make sure any unusual apps are not hiding in there.

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Well I don't have an SD card in my phone and never had and data just recently started getting saved on it but there is nothing there?

It started off with my S5, my phone was named after my girlfriend phone and her's was an S4 but our names was the exact same except mine had a 2 after it. I just got this phone a couple months back and I think she done it again. She is not smart enough for that its her parents. I'm 21 and she is 19, I've never cheated they know I'm loyal. I think they're using it against me. I think there is blackhats. I have tried: I've destroyed my Galaxy S5 because of it I was going to try rooting it and getting the files out individually but I don't have a computer and I just recently started reading up on my tech stuff. I've read a lot but still don't have a computer. I think it was caused by: I don't know

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A spy app would have had to be installed. If you enabled a Cloud app, your data would suddenly be saved. Some Cloud apps have a cloud feature that you may not have realized was a part of the app.

You say that you are loyal and not cheating. so instead of being so paranoid by the fact that her parents are spying on your phone, go about your days as you usually would and let them look all they want because they will find nothing. I highly doubt though, that they are taking the time to spy on you or their daughter.

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How can I find out whose MAC address is on my wireless account?

For the last 2 weeks my boyfriend has told me I was crazy, he has screamed at me about not having a spy and I have that gut feeling he did. How can I find out if this is his MAC address on my account?

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See if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi network will give you options and you also can get the program WireShark, which is a great router sniffing tool. Get a program like Malwarebytes on all your devices and run the program to try to isolate any sniffing tools and apps.

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I have very strong feeling that some is using my Gmail I'd . but I dt know how to gt out from this?

How can I know ?? If someone is using it ? And from where ??

My Account in Google allows you to set up security functions. You can see under Device & Activity Notifications a history of all the devices that have accessed your Google accounts as well as set up further notifications.

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Found some random pics in my gallery?

Today morning I got a notification 'low internal memory space' and when I opened my gallery I found many random animated flower pics and each folder had a 2 digit number like 80,84,etc. I doubt whether someone is spying my phone or was those pics created by apps. Please help me.. I have tried: I haven't tried anything yet.. I think it was caused by: I don't know what is the cause for this problem. Maybe someone is spying on my mobile? If you sync your phone with Google Photos, someone may have tagged you in pics that are showing up so check your social media accounts. It may also be a glitch but you should put an AntiVirus program like Malwarebytes on your phone and run a scan. The problem is that it may not catch a spy app, but you seem to be unconcerned. If Malwarebytes finds nothing and you delete those photos only for them to appear, back up your phone and perform a hard reset.

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Can my Android phone be hacked with a computer code such that my WhatsApp messages appear on someone else's phone?

Can a programmer write a code to make my messages appear on someone else's phone? If possible does the person receive them as you receive them? What does the programmer require in order to be able to do that? This involves a code being written manually, and not a spy software being installed. I have tried: Nothing. I do not know where to start from. This is no spy software case. I think it was caused by: Curiosity and insecurity on the side of the other person

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