Modern smartphones are very attractive. This small computer has enough power to store our entire digital life. And if it doesn’t fit on the phone, it fits in the cloud.
All music, pictures, and chats in the gadget are the target of spies by irresponsible parties. There are a lot of spies that might be worth worrying about. For starters, hackers and other digital attackers are out there trying to get hold of your personal information.
Then you also have to worry about jealous boyfriends, previous owners of your phone, parents, and even the government. Then how do we know that the cellphone we are using is being spied on.
Is someone spying on me
How can you tell when someone is spying on your Android phone or tablet. It’s a little tricky, but there are some red flags to look out for. Let’s show you some of them.
- Performance issues
Spyware is constantly working to get to your data. This is why the device often gets slow while running this sneaky software in the background. Worried if your phone suddenly experiences a performance drop for no apparent reason, maybe this could also be caused by another problem.
- Battery life suddenly decreased
Noting that the phone doesn’t last as long as it did when it was first purchased is normal. The battery starts to die over time. Plus, you may be wasting more work on the device as you continue to expand your app collection. But a sudden drop in battery life is not normal.
Tracking software can be resource consuming. It works in the background, runs your GPS, and does other things sometimes all the time.
An unexpected battery drain could mean someone is tracking your device, or something else on your phone is pulling all the available data. Check the link below to see if your phone could be shutting down for reasons other than spying.
- Check your valuable data
The tracking app will try to update the attacker constantly. This means it will require a lot of data. Did you notice the unusual use of the data set could possibly be the reason why this is happening.
This is very bad because unlimited data subscribers are often stuck after using a certain amount of data. Also, you may still be on a limited data plan, which will make the situation worse.
How to check data usage:
- Open your phone’s Settings app.
- Select Network & internet.
- Go to Cellular to see how much quota you are using.
- You can access more details by going to Cellular data usage.
- You can see more details and even check how much data each app is using.
- The temperature suddenly rises
Whether your phone gets too hot is normal during hard-core gaming sessions or while charging, but this shouldn’t happen while your phone is idle, sitting in your pocket, or doing light tasks. If you notice an unusual temperature on your phone, it might be a victim of spies.
- Hear something
Sometimes a spy phone makes a strange sound during a call. This can include white noise, beeps, or simple echoes. Of course, we all get a bad reception sometimes, but that shouldn’t become a habit.
- Phone turns on and off
Other common signs that your device may have been compromised are random booting and shutdowns. Now, don’t worry too much about this one, as some buggy phones do this sometimes, but keep your eyes open for other clues if you see this kind of weird behavior.
- Weird message
Are you getting some weird text messages. Maybe one that has lots of letters and numbers that looks like a code. Maybe just a random chat from an unknown number. They can be anything.
Attackers often use this to communicate with the device and give it commands. If an attacker needs your location, for example, he or she can request it by sending a message with a predefined code.
- There are strange apps around
Have you ever noticed some strange apps popping up out of nowhere this could be malware or spyware, which can often download and install apps on your smartphone without your consent.
- Is your phone doing something it shouldn’t be doing
Notification light, sound and screen wake are normal, but shouldn’t see these things happening when they shouldn’t. You should be concerned if your phone shows signs of activity when nothing is happening. If your screen lights up or your phone makes a sound, and no notifications are visible, this may be a sign that someone is spying on you.
- Shutdown or restart problem
Hackers can make shutting down or restarting a phone complicated. Some spyware can even prevent this action.
- Weird browser history entries
Check your browser history and see if there is anything strange there. More specifically, try to see if there’s anything there about phone spy software. Someone may have used your own browser to download spyware. Likewise, someone who wants to steal your personal data might also browse websites to see what they can pick up.
How to fight spy and tracking apps
Maybe you may have installed some spyware application on your phone now how worry you are feeling safe or not. Maybe this is another way to protect your phone from prying eyes.
- Avoid phone rooting and unofficial app downloads
The Google Play Store does its best to keep you safe, and does it pretty well, but remember, that you are an Android user. Then you can easily install third-party apps and risk crashing. Some users also need more freedom, and they can get it.
Having a rooted phone is certainly a plus for some of us, but comes with serious risks. The root user has the ability to dig into the system and modify its code.
This can make it very difficult to combat spyware. Remember Avast, their mobile security can install their phone tracking software directly into system files, making their solution last even a factory data reset. They do it for your security but who says hackers won’t do it for the opposite reason.
We advise you not to root your phone unless you are very sure about what you are doing. You should also consider unrooting your phone if it is already there.
- Try finding the app manually
Are you sure someone is spying on your phone. The first step is to try and manually find any suspicious files or apps. You can use any file manager to do this. You can also look in your application list.
And remember, these guys are trying to keep things low-key, so chances are the app isn’t just promoting its real name and logo. It can be disguised as something else, like a notepad app. Just go in there and see if there’s anything out of the ordinary, and if you don’t remember installing it you’d better remove it immediately.
- Remove suspicious apps
Spyware is hard to find it’s also hard to clean. The only way to make sure everything is gone is to wipe the phone clean and start over again. It’s probably a great way to do this every time you get a new device purchased from someone. It doesn’t matter if the phone seems to have been reset however, you did it again.
Just do a factory data reset, and the phone will be in the same state it was in when it was turned on for the first time at least software-wise. Keep in mind this will erase everything, so remember to make a good backup.
- Use an anti-virus application
Many believe anti-virus apps are fake, and while this is true, that’s not always the case. It’s rare to get malicious software on your phone if you stay within Google’s protection range, but the truth is this app has the potential to help combat spying and tracking.
- Keep your phone protected
Your phone is a very personal item. Don’t let just anyone come in and roam around like an open house. Always carry your cell phone and protect it well from the prying eyes of strangers. You can do this by protecting the lock screen with password, pin, fingerprint, etc.
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