This article will guide you to protect yourself from someone hacking your cell phone and spying on you.
It may surprise you, but phone spying is more likely to be carried out by those closest to us than by some anonymous hacker. In many cases, those people know the victim’s phone passcode and this is how they gain access to the device. Telling someone your passcode makes you almost completely vulnerable to cell phone spying.
Changing your passcode prevents anyone else from seeing through your phone and makes it harder for them to install spy apps that steal your passwords, chat history, emails, photos and videos.. .
When you change your passcode, make sure you choose a strong passcode of at least 6 characters. Don’t use something that someone knows you’ll be easy to guess (e.g. your date of birth) or something anyone can guess (123456…). If so, use biometric features like fingerprints and facial recognition.
2. Restart your phone
This sounds so incredibly simple that it looks like it won’t do anything. But it’s not uncommon for our phones to constantly turn on. We charge them overnight or sometimes even let them charge most of the day when they’re at our desks or in our cars.
Many spy apps rely on the phone being left on for long periods of time. In many cases, by simply restarting your device, you can stop apps from tracking your device.
3. Update your device and apps on your phone
Another simple thing you can do is update your device to the latest software. Manufacturers (Apple, Samsung…) regularly release new updates to help protect against spyware and newly developed hacking methods.
Some cell phone hacking methods also rely on an older version of the manufacturer software being installed to bypass built-in security.
Same goes for installed apps – make sure you update them too.
4. Scan your device for spyware
The best thing you can do if you’re worried about someone tracking your cell phone is to perform a phone scan. This will expose any spyware that has been installed on the device along with any other weak points in your phone’s security.
5. Check if Google Maps or Apple ‘Find My (iPhone, iPad, iPod)’ is sharing your location
Most people don’t realize that, in fact, a hacker doesn’t need to install anything to track someone’s location. Pre-installed apps, such as Google Maps and Apple’s Find My, have the ability to share a user’s location with another phone with the push of a button.
You can check if location sharing is enabled in one of these apps as follows:
To stop sharing your location in Google Maps:
– On your device, open the Google Maps app.
– Tap Account Circles at the top right.
– Tap Share location.
– Remove any accounts you’re sharing your location with.
To stop sharing your location in Find My (iPhone/iPad/iPod):
– On your device, open the Find My app.
– Tap Me.
– Turn off Share My Location.
These are just two examples of apps that allow location sharing, but be cautious and check your device for any apps that may unintentionally allow your location to be shared with others. third-party.
6. Check logged in account in Google Chrome
Another trick some snoopers use is to change the account being used for the Google Chrome browser app. If they change it to an account they control, this will allow them to track all of your Internet browsing history, along with any usernames and passwords you store in the app.
To check your signed in account:
– On your device, open the Google Chrome app
– Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner
– Tap ‘Settings’
– Under “Accounts” you will be able to see the signed in email address.
– If it’s incorrect, tap the email address, then tap ‘sign out and turn off sync’.
– Once done, you should change the passwords for your important accounts.
7. Check your device for apps that are using location, microphone or camera
Many spy apps will not only collect data from your device, but can also give hackers access to your GPS location, microphone, and even camera.
Both Certo AntiSpy (iOS) and Certo Mobile Security (Android) will be able to tell you exactly which apps are using these features and will allow you to easily detect any suspicious apps that may be running. follow you.
Or if you prefer to manually check for yourself, you can do this by reviewing the privacy/permission options in the Settings app on most phones.
8. Use VPN
Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) encrypts all traffic between your phone and any online resources your phone is accessing, whether it’s email accounts, social networks, or your website. are accessing.
Use a reputable VPN with your device to ensure that someone can’t eavesdrop on your online activity.
However, a VPN does not automatically provide you with complete protection, but should form part of an overall security plan.
9. Two-Factor Authentication
Instead of hacking your actual device, hackers will sometimes target the accounts associated with it. For example, unauthorized access to your Apple iCloud account could allow hackers to download a complete backup of your phone. This will give them access to all kinds of your personal data. The same goes for Google accounts.
To prevent this from happening, the developers have created a function called ‘Two-Factor Authentication’. Simply put, this means that to log into your account, a hacker will need a special code sent to you in writing in addition to your password.
So even if they know your username and password and are trying to log in from another device, they won’t be able to do so because they won’t have that code.
10. Restore your phone to factory settings
This is a last resort that should really only be used if nothing else works. This method will completely erase all data from your phone and will return it to the state it was in when you first unboxed it.
This will also wipe your personal data, so make sure you back up any contacts, photos, videos… you want to keep.
Hope this is useful to you. If you suspect that your phone may have been hacked, chances are this is a crime. You should call the police and follow their instructions on what to do next.
If you suspect you know someone is spying on your phone, think twice before confronting them and never do anything that could put you in danger. Remember, always stay safe.