Follow these DIY tips to know if your phone is being monitored.
What if someone else is also able to do the same on our phone seceretly?
Contrary to popular belief, the use of a spy program is not limited to computers.
Often it is enough to install an application on to the victim's phone to spy and then connect to personal account from another device to collect all the information of the victim. Imagine the amount of damage this can cause to the victim.
Once your device is hacked, it does not become difficult for the hacker to retrieve details such as your phone conversations, call history, SMS and emails, photos and videos stored in the device, lists of websites visited, even the location of your phone. And all of these confidential information can be sent without your knowledge to the person spying on you.
With the availability of so many monitoring tools, it has become relatively easy to monitor someone's cell phone activities.
However if you want to check whether your device is being monitored by someone or not, then you can do so by examining a few warning signs, such as:
Presence of Unwanted Applications
If you unexpectedly notice an unwanted app(s) on your device, chances are your phone has been compromised. It could be a spy app in disguise like any other app and will transer your confidential information to the hacker.
Faster Battery Discharge
In order for a spyware app to work it will consume your phone's battery and resources running in the background. This will lead to a higher consumption of the battery and you'll notice your phone getting discharge more quickly.
A spyware app works by constantly copying your data to the hacker's cloud account. All of this constantly copying of data in the cloud continuously consumes a large number of your phone's resources, which ultimately increases body temperature of your device.
Increase in the Data Usage
Since the spy app is supposed to send your files from your device to the one performing the surveillance, it will obviously consume a large amount of internet data, and guess whose internet data is that gonna be? Yes, Yours! You will also be able to see the same under your phone's data usage settings.
Receive Suspicious Texts
This is one of the obvious ways to find out if your phone is being monitored. Most spy tools often send weird text to the device for background operation. This can be an important way of knowing whether someone is following you or not.
If your device suddenly gets malfunctioned, chances are there is a problem. The flashing of a blue/red screen, not responsing to gestures or touch commands, change of settings, etc. may be a sign that your phone is being monitored.
Background Noise during a Phone Call
When on a call if you hear some strange background noises, chances are that someone else has also joined your conversation using a monitoring tool, but offcourse this person has no intention of doing any chit chat with you, instead he'll just listen to what you are saying and probably keep a note of the same, incase if it is something important or confidential. This is one of the signs that your phone is hacked.
So, now when you know how to find out if your phone is being watched over, let's learn how to get rid of these spy apps.
Manually Delete the Application
I know this can be a tedious solution as you will have to inspect all the apps and packages installed on your device. But this is a very simple method too. And after the application is detected, you'll just need to delete it manually.
Another simple solution to remove a spy app is to simply get the latest update for your device's operating system. This will likely stop the spy app to perform its unauthorised duties because just like other apps, spy apps too rely heavily on compatibility with the operating system to function properly. So, when you update your phone's operating system, the spy app may not work properly, effectively removing the threat. To update your phone, go to your phone's settings and look for the available update.
What if the spy app is so cleverly hidden that its difficult to detect it & there isn't any new OS update available for your phone?
Well, a factory reset will work in this case. Since it will delete all data and apps from your smartphone, the Spy app will also be removed.
Just make sure to keep a backup of your important files first before you do factory reset and also make sure to scan your backup before you copy it again to your phone.
Act now. Anyone with access to your phone can install the spyware in minutes. Stay tuned & keep visiting Homies Hacks daily for such valuable lessons and learnings.