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How to investigate if your mobile phone is being targeted by spy apps

We hardly find anybody today who does not use a cell phone. In fact, nowadays a majority of people have switched to smartphones. As we hear from our parents, cell phone security was not an issue in their times as mobiles were not laced with the latest features and were primarily used for calling or sending texts at the most. However, in the past few decades, trends have changed. As technology grew by leaps and bounds, it not only empowered us to perform myriad of functions simultaneously but also enabled us to remain chained to each other through enhanced social connectivity. However, by increasing transparency and allowing open sharing of private details, it has also posed a grave threat to our social security. How? Read on to find out.

Today, cell phones are designed to multi-function smoothly and absorb a whole world of data inside themselves. They are not only used to make calls and send text messages to your friends and family, but also perform a number of other tasks, such as social networking and online banking, all at the same time. To do so, you have to punch in your confidential details to gain access to your personal accounts. Now that offers a chance to the hackers to get hold of your private information by cracking into your mobile phones.

Although there are 101 ways to go about hijacking your device, the use of spy apps to get hold of your cell phone logs and passwords is a very convenient and popular way these days. Therefore it is very important that firstly, you should never leave your mobile neglected and keep it locked using a secure key or a swipe pattern. Secondly if you have a gut feeling that your cell phone has been behaving a little unusual lately, it’s time you make sure that it is not being tracked by any spy app, so that you are able to maintain your privacy. Below are some of the ways, through which you may check your mobile phone for surveillance, especially if it has been acting kind of fishy.

Is your phone consuming more than the usual battery?

Sometimes this clue works very well. If your cell phone battery is throwing up its juice too quickly, then it may point towards the presence of a spy app, working undercover on your device. When timing your battery, it is important to keep this fact in mind that batteries usually wear out with age and usage and as they do, the maximum run-time starts to dwindle. So you only need to look out for unusual changes in battery time as some inexpensive spy apps devour up your battery, much sooner than its expected run time.

Is your cell phone behaving in an odd manner?

You need to closely observe if your cell phone has started to behave in some mysterious and unusual way. Does your cell phone lighten up at times even when lying idle? Does it make any random beeps? Do you notice that the device sometimes shuts down by itself or behaves unusually? Yes, it is true that any cell phone can behave a little weird at times, but if this starts to happen quite often, then it is an indirect indication of the presence of a foreign invader such as a spy app on your device.

Does your cell phone shut down often?

Has it occurred that your cell phone shuts down quite regularly despite being fully charged? If so, then it could be that your cell phone is being spied upon by some monitoring app, But before you  make up your mind on that, you need to rule out all other reasons that could be bugging your mobile , resulting in abrupt shut-downs.

Do you often receive some unusual texts?

Cell phone tracking apps don’t always work flawlessly, and their failures are not very uncommon. If such a thing occurs, it is manifested in the form of some unusual text messages, with absurd characters or symbols in it. These texts are delivered to the target; the one who’s being spied upon. If you are also receiving such texts, then it may be a sign that you are being spied upon by some monitoring app.

Although none of the above signs necessarily confirm the presence of a monitoring software, yet if these phenomenon are occurring too frequently or regularly, then they are enough to strengthen your doubts and alert you about the cell phone tracking app that could have been installed on your cell phone.