Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Detect Spyware On A Cell Phone

There are signs that spyware may have been installed on your cell phone.

Most people take action to guard against spyware on their computers, but they aren't aware that malicious spyware viruses exist solely to infect cell phones. Usually you aren't even aware that they've been installed. There are a few subtle signs that spyware has been installed on your cell phone.


1. Notice whether you experience trouble when shutting off your phone or whether your phone continues to stay lit up for several seconds to a minute after you've shut it off.

2. Notice if your phone lights up when you're not using it to make or receive a call or access any of the phone's apps. Spyware has to call your phone to get information.

3. Note any strange background noises or clicks when you're on a call.

4. Notice an increase in GPRS activity. This indicates spyware is tracking your location.

5. Notice whether the icon that shows the Internet connection activates several times a day for no reason.

6. Check your phone bill closely. Notice whether it lists more text messages than you remember sending or calls you did not make.

7. Ask anyone who may have borrowed your phone whether they installed any software, wallpapers or ringtones.

Tips Warnings

Use an anti-virus software on your phone to detect and remove viruses or spyware.

Take your phone to your service provider, who can erase the phone's memory and restore the factory default settings. You'll lose all your data, but the spyware will be eliminated. Make a hard copy of any information in your phone that you wish to retain.

Do not give your cell phone number to strangers or post it on the Internet. Spyware can be installed on your phone from a remote location simply by calling it.

If you let a stranger borrow your phone to make an emergency call before you noticed any of these signs, the number they called most likely installed spyware on your phone. This is commonly used to set up a program to send large numbers of text messages to your phone for which you are charged.

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