iPhone users can use the location capabilities of friends and family on the devices, but there are many perverse ways that unwanted parties can also track you.
Some spy apps can secretly track phone users’ location, view their conversations, access their banking details, and send copies of their messages or media to another device.
This can make the user somewhat vulnerable to eavesdropping, so if you suspect someone might be tracking your phone, it’s worth taking steps to minimize the risk or end the activity altogether.
Experts have identified 10 telltale signs that suggest someone is indeed tracking your phone.
These include seeing unknown apps on the device and unexplained behavior, such as the device lighting up randomly.
There are also ways to wipe your phone if you think someone is spying on you.
10-point guide to spotting the signs someone might be tracking your every move
1. Screenshots on your phone
If your screenshots appear to be of poor quality, such as pixelation, someone may be tracking your device.
Experts say these should be fairly simple to recognize.
2. Unknown apps on your phone
Beware if apps appear on your device that you have never seen before.
You can search your phone’s memory to see if there are any apps you don’t remember downloading.
These could be disguised as something else. Some to watch out for are Kaspersky Safe Kids, Norton Family, Net Nanny, and Qustodio.
3. Autocorrect not working properly
Keyloggers are spyware that can let someone see what you type on your phone.
If you’re typing and you notice that autocorrect isn’t working well, someone might be watching your messages.
4. The phone needs to be charged more often than usual
If there are apps running continuously, your phone’s battery will drain very quickly, MailOnline reports.
If you notice that your phone is draining at a faster rate than normal, check if recently used apps are responsible.
5. Unexplained Sent Messages
Someone may gain access to your device if your phone sends text messages that you never wrote or sent. This also applies to received text messages that you did not expect.
Apps can be used by infringers to send commands to the device, such as screenshots, send emails, or take photos.
6. The phone is hot
Also, the heat of your phone is a clue that apps are continuously running in the background.
If it becomes tactile and you don’t use it, someone could follow you.
This is similar to the fast draining battery point, experts say.
7. Unexplained behavior like your phone randomly turning on
If your phone does strange things in sleep mode, like turning on or pinging without any notification, there could be suspicious activity.
8. Second hand telephones or those given as gifts
Users can download apps that are not available on the official app store in so-called “jailbraking” or “rooting”.
If your phone appears “jailbroken” without your consent, there might be someone up to something bad.
If you’re suspicious, there are apps you can use to check: For Android phones, use Root Checker and for iOS devices, use Cydia.
If you are buying a used phone, it is advisable to restore the device to its original factory settings.
9. Turn off your phone
Spyware apps can prevent your phone from shutting down so that the perpetrator still has access to it.
These apps can also cause your phone to take an unusually long time to turn off.
Try turning the device off and on again to see if this process works and feels familiar, experts suggest.
10. Use of data
Your phone data can be used if spyware is running in the background.
Indeed, the person who consults your information uses the connection of your phone to send it to him.
On an iPhone, you can check your data usage in settings by clicking on the “Mobile data” page.
For Android users, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data usage.
From there, it is possible to identify if any of your apps are using an abnormally high amount of mobile data.
Vodafone experts told MailOnline: “We recommend that customers always exercise caution when accessing links in emails and when browsing the internet.
“We advise against using ‘jailbroken’ devices as this removes any restrictions on the device imposed by the manufacturer and allows the installation of unapproved software.”
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