Recent advances in communications technology has made possible the spying of a mobile phone without its owner being aware that someone is tapping or tracking his or her phone. With sophisticated technology that has brought about undetectable spy software, how can you determine if someone is eavesdropping on your mobile phone?
The following are the factors to be considered when Samsung you are in doubt as to whether your phone is being tracked or not:
1) Has Someone Borrowed Your Phone?
Physical access is the only way for anyone to install spy software on your phone. It takes only a couple of minutes to have most spyware installed on a mobile phone, so if you have let anyone borrow yours for reasons ranging from making a call to downloading a new ringtone or game, then it is certain that your phone is at risk. However, if you haven’t let anyone have access to your phone, then you can be sure that you are safe from mobile phone spyware.
2) Sudden Rise in Mobile Phone Bills
An unusual increase of amount in your phone bill can be an indicator of a spyware having been installed in your system. How so? Spyware applications transfers recorded data through connections such as GPRS. This translates to a sudden increase in your bill especially if you don’t usually use your phone for browsing the web. A sudden increase in your bill resulting from unusual data traffic, therefore, can be considered as indicative of a spyware being present in your phone.
3) Sudden Decrease in Phone Standby or Talk Time
If your phone is performing badly in terms of standby or talk time for no apparent reason at all, it could be another sign of spying software. The reason for this is that spywares continuously run in the background to collect data at regular intervals. It then uploads the data it has recorded such as incoming and outgoing text messages, call events, and GPS locations to a secured remote server for viewing by the person who installed the software. That person in question can then have access to logs and everything that is recorded on your phone. Of course, the data transmission from your phone to the server consumes a lot of energy, which you experience as a sudden drop in your battery life, resulting in a lower than usual standby and talk time.
4) Difficulties in Shut Down
Because a spyware application continuously runs in the background, it can cause a problem when you are trying to shut down. That is to say, it can make your phone unresponsive to shut down operation. It is just like trying to shut down your computer but it doesn’t respond because a program is still running, making Windows unresponsive to the shut down command. It is the very same thing that happens when a spyware has been installed on your phone.
5) Web Icons
Mobile phone spywares transfer data to servers through an internet connection. Most mobile phones display an icon to indicate that an internet connection is taking place, so if you notice that your phone is flashing a web connection icon even when you are not doing any web browsing activity from your phone, then it a good sign that a spyware is operating on your phone.