If you own a smart phone you don’t need to a secret agent or James Bond’s protégé to get your calls tapped. And no there’s no government conspiracy at play here either, nor are there any aliens trying to abduct you. But there is a chance that your phone is bugged – and it’s probably bugged by someone you know pretty well. Think employer, parent or insecure spouse. Be it an Android or iPhone, most smart phones can be easily bugged and all one has to do is download mobile spy or malware onto a phone. However, in true James Bond fashion you too can cut the surveillance out of your life and run for the hills, taking your precious phone with you (away from the reach of anyone who likes butting into your business a little too much).
The main indicators
The crux of your problem will always be found in the money you’re spending with your phone. Go through your phone bill, do you see an elevated GPS use? Are there texts going out to a specific number right after you hang up a call? There are apps that will store the contents of your call, or the information (caller, call receiver, time of call, call duration etc.) and then send it to an online dashboard, or text the details to a specific number. While your GPS usage may not be an exact science, you can always check your phone bill to see if you’re texting a number constantly without realizing it. That would be your culprit.
Bloated your phone feels
Several apps will use the memory on your phone or SD stick to store their data which can be later retrieved by the original installer. For instance many internet parental control software takes information and stores it for the parents to check on later. This is easy for most parents considering they’re the ones who funded the phones to begin with. If you think you’re infected with something of this sort (since it’s not just internet parental control software that can perform this function) try making a couple of calls and double checking if there’s a chance in your memory. If the space continuously changes then that intimate discussion you had with your beau maybe heading to someone else.
Kill the surf
Cease all internet activity in terms of the apps you have on your phone. Is someone managed to download mobile spy on your phone the likelihood is that it runs in stealth mode (which is the only scenario where you wouldn’t be able to find it and get rid of it yourself). See if there’s a chance in the internet usage at the end of a specific day. If you have all your apps turned off, or see a rise in your usage or package plan which you can’t place the you maybe bugged.
Call an ambulance
More like run a check for viruses. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android, an iPhone or a Blackberry there’s a antivirus out there with your phone’s name on it and you should check it out immediately. This is especially true for devices which have been rooted or jailbroken because their potential susceptibility to malware and spyware is ridiculously high (and ironically that’s the only way you can actually hide stealth apps in smart phones, there’s no other way for an app to “hide” per se).
Author Bio: James Clark has been in the business of providing quality information on Cell Phone Monitoring Software for a while now. He's an expert at all things spyware, but his main forte is Blackberry Monitoring Software which has captured the interest of many.