If you’re part of Gen Y or the increasingly prominent Gen Z the likelihood is that your primary form of expression no longer revolves around a smile on your face, but a smiley in your text. Pick out any random research on texting trends and you’ll find that a growing number of smart phone users,
and cell phone owners in general, prefer texting to talking, making phone calls, and even face to face conversations in some cases. And because they’re such an important part of our social norms these days, those very texts are often stolen to be misused later – the culprits can range from your own mother to a crazy girlfriend you desperately need to break up with. But just because someone can tune into your text-life doesn’t mean you should just let them.
… and so will your phone bill. Typically someone will try to spy on your texts by installing a mobile spy app on your phone. And these apps can run amuck on your bill. It doesn’t matter if you’re sporting an Android or and iPhone there’s a plethora of apps tailor made to wiggle their way into your private data and transmit it to someone else. The sad part is that some of these apps will work for free, so your stalker gets to have a piece of your information without having to do much except having their way with your phone for a few minutes once they install the cell phone spy to your precious phone. Typically if you monitor your phone bill before and after you send a text you can see whether someone is getting a copy of the text from your phone. The same text, if it’s being sent to two different numbers, will be the best indication in this world that someone has tampered with your phone. If you’re being charged double on every text you’re sending then your service provider is either ripping you off, or someone else is taking a peak into your texts.
Let the right one out
Just because your bill doesn’t scream foul doesn’t mean there’s not a mobile spy app on your phone. Some apps are built so they store the content of your message along with information on its sender and time of exchange. That data is then send to an online account where it’s accessed by the app’s installer. There are two basic steps you need to follow in the event that you’re dealing with this brand of spyware:-
1) Check the space on your phone reserved for texts
2) Check your GPS usage
If you can pinpoint the amount of space that’s being used up by messages as odd then you can pretty much figure out whether you’ve got a spy app on your phone or not. If that doesn’t work (because it’s not the simplest thing to keep track of) then turn towards your GPS connection. Be sure to cease all activities and apps on your phone that need the GPS and then try sending out a few random texts. If your GPS comes to life soon after the likelihood is that you’re dealing with a cell phone spy app. There’s no reason for your GPS to work on its own unless you have an activity in cue, so make sure that you turn off all other internet using functionalities of your phone.
Better safe than sorry is a cliche for most people, but also painfully true for those who’d rather not share their private thoughts with people who’d best keep their noses where they belong.
Natalia David has been a regular contributor as tech writer, expert for some time now. Her work has received great appreciation from readers who turn to her to keep themselves updated with the latest happenings in tech world. You can also follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4