In early 2019, a FaceTime bug was letting anyone spy on your private conversations. Apple said it would fix the problem but for now has deactivated the app’s group calling function.
In this case, spying was the unintended consequence of an app. But there are purposeful spying activities that go on every day. Do you know how to catch someone spying on you?
Read on to find out.
Is Someone Spying on My Phone?
In this age of technology, it is possible for others to gain access to your smartphone and track your calls, social media usage and text messages you send.
You might wonder who is spying on my phone, but first, you need to know how to tell if your phone has spyware.
One way to know if someone is spying on your phone is to look at your monthly data usage. If that usage is very high, it could be due to spy software sending your data to the person spying on you.
Also, does your phone randomly reboot without reason? Someone could have remote access to your device.
Background noises, clicks, and voices in the background of calls you make could be because someone is taping your phone. Ask your caller if he or she is in a loud environment with background noise. If not, chances are your phone is being taped.
If you get a text message with symbols, numbers and other characters that don’t make sense, it could be a sign of spy software on your device.
Some spying software uses a code to connect to your phone remotely. If it glitches, you may see that strange text message.
If you notice that your phone battery is not lasting as long as it used to, you should replace the battery to see if the battery lasts longer. If it doesn’t chances are high that your phone is losing battery life due to spy software.
Find Spyware on Your Computer
The next thing you want to do is check to see if someone is monitoring your activity on your computer.
Use at least two anti-virus programs to scan for malware. You need to use more than one program in case the spyware is on the exception list on your anti-virus program.
Then, check your recent activity to see if there is any new software installed on your computer that you didn’t put there yourself.
If you find anything you don’t recognize, Google the name to see what it does. Then research how to uninstall that application.
It’s also a good idea to check where your iCloud backups go. If they are being sent to a third party, you should change that right away.
Then, check your history. Scroll through it and see if there are any sites that you haven’t accessed yourself.
Next, open your Task Manager to find all the applications on your computer. Look for anything unfamiliar.
There are programs such as Eaglesvr which take screenshots of your screen every three seconds. Also look for keyloggers which are tools that record everything you type (including passwords).
Look For Hidden Cameras in Your Home
You can use a radio frequency detector to scan for hidden devices in your home. You can get one for as little as $10 from electronics stores.
You will have to walk around your home slowly sweeping the device while you listen for feedback. You may have to repeat the process on different frequencies.
Since there are thousands of spots where listening devices or hidden cameras could be installed in your house, this is the best way to find them.
Another way to find hidden cameras is to walk around your house with all the lights turned off at night. Look for small green or red pinpricks of light.
These could be from the “on” light of a microphone or camera. If you see a light, follow it back to the device and remove it.
You can also listen for motion-sensor spy cams by turning off all appliances and electronic devices. It’s easiest if you just shut off the main power switch to your house. Then quietly enter each room.
Listen for a click or a buzz. Many spy cameras make a tiny sound when they are activated.
Feeling safe in your home should be a given. When it’s not, it’s time to add more home protection to your space.
Check Your Car to See if it is Bugged or Being Tracked
If someone is spying on you, they will likely want to know where you go and when. They may have installed a GPS tracker on your car to track your movements.
It is easier to place a tracking device on the outside of the car than it is the interior. So start by thoroughly checking the exterior.
Check the exterior of your car with a flashlight and a mirror. Look in your wheel wells, behind the bumper, side mirrors, under the hood, and so on.
Next, look inside your car for any strange wires. Look in your glove compartment and under all the seats. Use your flashlight and mirror to look into the vents, too.
Last of all, check your trunk. Look under your spare tire as well as on the inside of your trunk door.
You could also use an electronic radio frequency sweeper to find out if there is a bug in your car. Sweep the inside and outside of your car to find wireless transmissions.
You could also pay for expert bug sweeping services for your home, business, or car by Spy Catchers.
How to Catch Someone Spying on You
Thanks for reading. As you can see, there is a lot of work involved when you are trying to learn how to catch someone spying on you.
But, your privacy is important and should be respected. It’s worth the effort to find spyware and get rid of it.
If you feel your life is in danger, contact the police.
Next, check out these 5 must-haves to add to your home security.