Signs your cell phone may be tapped.
Most people don’t have to worry about their cell phone’s being secretly tapped and then being used against them. However, there are some of us who do! If “spy” software has been installed onto your cell phone you won’t see it like you would other apps or games you download onto your phone. The “spy” software is designed to mesh with your phones firmware making it undetectable.
You might ask yourself who would want to listen to all my cell phone conversations, read every text message sent or received, all my conversations I have with people in a room where my cell phone is (speaker phone feature can be turned on remotely) and who would want to track my every move (your cell phone gets turned into a GPS tracking device). Here are just a few examples:
1. You’re in the middle of a nasty court battle of any kind. (think how much info the “opposition” could get from listening to all your conversations, reading your SMS)
2. A freaked out or obsessed spouse/lover.
3. A stalker freak.
4. Parents who don’t trust a thing you say.
While it’s illegal to tap someones phone, unfortunately the law doesn’t stop many people from doing what they want. If you’re unfamiliar with the readily available “spy” software you should watch this short newscast WTHR 13 did on cell phone spy software. Click to see video.
To date spy software can only be installed by an individual that gets physical access to your phone for a few minutes. But most of us have left our cell phones unattended for 5 minutes or less. Once they install the software that takes only minutes to do, they can “spy” on you most all of the time, even if your phone is off. The only almost sure way to make sure others aren’t listening in is to take out your phone’s battery. If you suspect your phone is bugged you will have to take it back to the provider and have the original firmware re installed.
Some signs your cell phone might be tapped:
1. Having to charge your cell phone more often than normal, especially when you haven’t used it more. Without your knowledge, your cell phone may be picking up conversations around it via the speaker phone feature, transmitting conversations either from a cell phone call or just a conversation you are having in the same room as your cell phone. The extra and excessive use will drain your cell phone battery faster than normal.
2. If your cell phone feels warm when you haven’t been on a call may indication your cell phone is being used to transmit information. Your cell phone should only feel warm if you’ve been talking on it for awhile.
3. If you hear unusual sounds coming from your cell phone when you’re not using it. Your cell phone may be acting as a receiver/transmitter, picking up any conversations near it. If your cell phone makes strange noises when you walk near stereo speakers or computer speakers especially noticeable right before a call comes in.
4. If you hear an unusual amount of static, clicking, scratchiness and other noises while you’re using your cell phone.
5. If your cell phone is not on a call or using another function and the back light comes on, an outside party could be accessing it.
Most people have nothing to worry about, but then again there’s a lot of whack jobs out in the world!