This post contains FREE spy phone software detection tips for anyone worried that someone might have installed cell spyware on your phone.
Imagine someone being able to know exactly where you are, view all the photos taken through your cell phone, read all your text messages, and listen in on your phone calls. This isn't a vision from a sci-fi movie, or a far-fetched, paranoid account of the future. Rather, it is just reality: how someone can completely invade your privacy by installing simple spy phone software on your phone.
'Spy' software may sound like high-tech James Bond stuff, but it is actually very easily available through various retailers online. In fact, some places offer free spy phone software via free trials, which make it easy for anyone to get their hands on it. Moreover, all of it is legit. By installing a simple piece of spy software on your phone, anyone can see, hear, and read everything that you do through your phone. This can range from reading your text messages to viewing your call records. If your phone has in-built GPS capability (which most modern Smartphones have), the spy software could even transmit your actual location.
Unfortunately, it is incredibly difficult to figure out if someone has installed spy software on your phone. The software works in the background and remains hidden, so you wouldn't even be aware if someone has bugged your cell phone.
However, here are 5 FREE spy phone detection tips that may help you figure out if your phone has been infected:
- 1. The first thing to do is to make sure that you keep your phone on your person at all times. The only way free or commercial spy software can be installed on a phone is by having physical access to it. Therefore, one way to prevent spy software from infecting your phone is to keep it with you at all times, no matter where you are. This is easier said than done, however. It takes just a few minutes to lose track of a phone and for someone to install spy software on it. Make it a policy not to leave the phone unattended in any public place. If someone borrows it to make a phone call, make sure that the phone stays in sight. Treat the phone the same way as you would treat a drink in a bar - keep it with you at all times, don't leave it unattended, and be wary of strangers around it.
- 2. If your phone bill has been unusually high in recent times, this could be an indicator that someone has installed spy software on your phone. Both free spy phone and paid spy software work by sending all the data to an online account. Therefore, it requires a working data connection. This invariably means that a lot of your data bandwidth is used up, inflating your monthly bill. Of course, your phone bill could be high for perfectly legitimate reasons too - too much surfing, streaming of videos/songs, downloads, etc. However, if you are someone who doesn't use such services a whole lot, then a phone bill could be a sure shot indicator that someone has unauthorized access to your phone.
- 3. Most modern cell phones have a pretty good battery life, but if you find your phone running out of power faster than usual, it could mean that free spy phone software is running in the background. Spy software needs to run continuously in the background to be actually effective. This means constant uploading/downloading of data. Of course, this means that your battery is used up way faster. Therefore, if you find your phone's 'low battery' indicator flashing a couple of hours after a full charge, it could be an indicator that some kind of spy software is running in the background.
- 4. Both free spy phone & commercial spy phone software are complicated, powerful pieces of software that work continuously in the background. Because of this, it often causes problems when you try shutting down the phone. A Windows user would be well aware of this problem - you try to shut down your computer, but an app running in the background crashes and prevents a proper shutdown. The same thing happens with phones and spy software. If you get errors or if your phone crashes whenever you try to shut it down, it could mean that some software is preventing it from shutting down properly. This could very well be spy software.
- 5. All free spy software requires a data connection to work. Therefore, if you find new icons appearing suddenly on your phone, or indicators such as the GPRS indicator flashing without reason on your phone, it could be a sign that your phone has been infected with spyware.
Now the obvious question: what can you do to remove spy software from your phone?
The most effective method is to completely re-install your phone's operating system. This is a fairly complicated process and it is recommended that you seek thehelp of a professional in this regard. The best place to start would be the place where you bought the phone. Just tell them that you think someone has installed free spy phone software or one of the popular commercial spy phone apps on your phone. They'll wipe your phone clean and re-install the OS, usually for free. Just make sure to make a backup of all your data, as it would be completely lost in the re-install process.
There are a few free spy phone programs available online that claim to detect and remove spyware from your phone, but they have a less than 100% accuracy rate. The only way to be completely sure is to do a fresh install of the operating system. After all, your privacy is at stake here.
They say prevention is better than cure, and nothing could be truer when it comes to your phone and spy software. In the future, make sure to keep your phone with you at all times. You can try using a special PIN lock on the phone to add a further layer of security.
Last, but not the least, be on the lookout for any of the signs mentioned aware to neutralize a spyware threat as soon as it happens. For more spy phone detection tips, download the FREE spy phone report.
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