I get a lot of emails from readers who want to know how to detect SMS spyware. Although it's not easy to detect SMS spyware once the SMS spy app has been installed on your phone, there are a few signs (and tips) to be aware of.
1) Have you kept your cell phone with you at all times? There is absolutely no way to install SMS spyware without physical access to your phone. If you're 100% sure nobody has used your cell phone (without your standing right next to them), then the odds of your phone having SMS spyware on it is slim. Keep in mind that it only takes a few minutes for someone to quickly install SMS spyware, so even if you let someone borrow your phone to make a quick call, they could have installed a SMS spy app on your phone. If you're sure nobody has every borrowed your phone, then you are in luck and moving forward don't ever let someone borrow your phone -- even for a minute.
2) Skyrocketing Phone Bil? Have you recently started to see an increase in your cell phone bill? SMS spy software requires a data connection (such as GPRS) to transfer the SMS data that has been recorded. If you're not the kind of person who enjoys surfing the net on their phone, or frequently downloads ring tones, and games, then sudden changes in your bill, specifically due to increased data usage, is a good sign that your cellphone could be infected with SMS spyware.
3) Battery Drain? Have you been grabbing your cellphone's charger more than usual? SMS spyware runs continuously in the background. The data that is recorded is then then uploaded to a secure remote server so the person who installed the SMS spyware can access the logs and view everything recorded. All of this takes a bit of juice to make happen, so if you suddenly see a drop in your battery life, then it could also be a sign you have SMS spyware on your cell phone.
4) Shut Down Problems? If you try to shut down your cellphone and it doesn't respond, then this could also be another indication that your mobile has SMS spyware on it. Since SMS spy apps continuously runs in the background, they occasionally cause problems when a person attempts to shut the device down. Think of when you use Windows. I'm sure you can remember several instances where you tried to shut down your computer, but ran into problems because another program wouldn't respond. The same thing periodically occurs on devices that have SMS spyware software installed.
5) Check Your Icons! Have you recently started to see strange new icons on your phone? Or does the GPRS indicator icon suddenly appear for no reason? Remember, SMS spyware requires a data connection, and when this happens, most cell phones will briefly show an icon that indicates a connection is occurring. If you start to notice your connection icons coming on all the time (and you don't have any apps that push data to you), then this could be a sure sign you have SMS spyware on your cell phone.
So what should you do if you think you have SMS spyware on your cell phone? The BEST thing to do is to reinstall the OS, or take it to your service center and tell them to reinstall the OS for you. This is the only way you are going to wipe out the SMS spyware off your phone.
Hope these tips help. If you have any questions or comments, make sure to post them below.
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