Here’s how to tell if someone is spying on your phone
Ever felt like someone might be spying on you?
It might be unlikely, but it’s possible they could have installed software on your phone to track your movements. There are a whole host of apps promising to do just that, some of them more obvious than others.
They’re not illegal, because they have legitimate uses, such as for parents to check their children are safe and for businesses monitoring how their company phones are used.
But if it’s your other half keeping tabs without telling you what they’re doing, that’s something more sinister.
What are these apps?
Some of the apps will show up on your home screen so you can easily spot them by checking regularly.
They include GPS Phone Tracker which allows you to see where a phone is at any given time.
Another, Couple Tracker, boasts it allows couples to monitor each other’s text messages, call history, GPS locations and Facebook likes and comments in real time. It ‘reduces the risk of infidelity and also reduces jealous behavior of your love,’ the blurb claims.
However, others are more secret, such as software dubbed ‘Godless’ which sneaks onto Android phones disguised in legitimate apps, PC World reports.
Another, Spyera, boasts it is the ‘only 100% undetectable iPhone Spy on the market. It is hidden from launcher, and home screen, hidden from task manager.’
How can I check if I have them?
You might notice that your phone runs out of battery quickly, or becomes hot even when you haven’t used it much. That could be because a location tracker is running in the background (it could also be a sign of other problems).
Think about who has access to your phone and who knows your PIN and password, as they could have installed something without you noticing.
Keep an eye on the apps displayed to see if there are any you don’t recognise.
You can also run AVG AntiVirus or another antivirus app to detects viruses, malware and spyware on your phone.
Telltale signs might be that your phone’s battery runs down, or that it turns on at strange times.
On iPhone, most spy apps tend to require a phone to be jailbroken – so if you find signs yours has been (such as the app Cydia) that’s a warning.
On Android, check your running apps – and look for ones you’re not aware of – as well as scanning for hidden apps in your app directory.
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