Reasons You Might Be a Target for Spying
How do you know if you are being watched? How do you know if you aren't? These days, private surveillance is becoming more and more common. Reasons that someone may be spying on you include:
You own a company.
You have an important, responsible, or secretive job.
You have attended confidential interviews or meetings.
You are a scientist, politician, journalist, witness, attorney, judge, police officer, or local government official.
Your partner or spouse believes you are having an affair.
You are getting divorced.
You are petitioning for sole custody of your children.
You are a suspected activist or terrorist.
You have logged in to certain websites.
You file for disability or workers compensation.
Your neighbor hates you.
Your friend, neighbor, or relative is under suspicion.
You have recently made a substantial insurance claim.
You are very wealthy or possess something valuable.
You are a celebrity.
You are the victim of a stalker.
Someone believes they can get ransom money out of you if they access or capture your personal information.
Someone wants to take and use photos of you or members of your family—perhaps for profit or revenge.
Of course, our personal data and behavior is constantly being tracked by the government, search engines, social media, websites we visit, and possibly by our employers, but this article is intended for individuals who suspect that they are being singled out and targeted for a specific reason in a personal privacy threat.
How to Find Out If Your Cell Phone Is Being Monitored or Bugged
Is your battery losing its charge? If you see sudden drops in your phone's charge when you have not been using it, or if you find yourself suddenly needing to charge it more often, this may mean that the battery is being depleted by someone who's remotely activating your microphone or accessing voice or text messages.
Does your phone seem to have a mind of its own? If it turns off and on by itself or won't shut down (or hesitates before it will), makes noises (especially a pulsating, static noise that hints that the mic or speaker is active), randomly starts installing apps, or if the light is still lit after you shut it off, this may mean someone is controlling it remotely.
Do you hear a lot of interference on the line? This could be caused by a bad connection, but it's also a sign someone is listening in, as some call recording software mimics a conference call.
Do you hear blips and pops from computers, phones, televisions, and radios? Since phone transmissions often interfere with other electronic devices, and many phone tapping devices use frequencies that might interfere with your electronics, if you hear electronic echo or static coming from devices when you're not on your phone, it might indicate remote activity.
Is your phone warm, even when you haven't been using it? This is a sign that the phone is working and depleting the battery.
Do you get SMS text messages that look like random, meaningless strings of numbers and symbols? This may indicate fumbled attempts at coded transmissions.
Have you seen an unexplained jump in the cost of your data? If your phone bills shoot up for no apparent reason, someone else may be running up your data bill.
What to Do If Your Cell Phone Has Been Hacked
Keep in mind that these signs might only mean that you need a new battery, regular transmission of data is being interrupted by a poor connection, you need to call your provider and argue about the cost of your plan, there was a glitch in the hardware or software, or your phone is on the fritz.
On the other hand, you might have a good reason to be suspicious. See the instructions below for finding and deleting spyware. There are many useful apps that help you monitor your battery use. For a quick fix, if you take the battery out of your phone when it's not in use, this can deter unwanted activity.