How Cellphone tapping occurs? Fact File 35


We believe that Cellphone conversation is  private. But it is not so private. It can be tapped from the source. Cellphone tapping may be legal or illegal. Government agencies can collect the details of cellphone conversation to abort illegal activities or as part of law. But so many spying softwares are now available for the illegal intrusion into the privacy of people. These mobile phone Spywares were developed as a measure of Parental control and tracking purpose in emergency situations.

These are mainly used for child safety to watch the online activities of children and to prevent Sexting (Sending or receiving sexually explicit messages).But now the Cell phone spywares are becoming the product of choice for many people who like to eves drop other’s private speech. Using the Cell phone spyware, one can access to all text messages, call history, email and even to listen the live calls.

The Spywares are not the accidental downloading but a deliberate introduction into the phone. The spywares work well in Smart phones, Blackberry, iPhone etc. Here are some symptoms of Spyware attack in our cell phone.

1. If your good battery drops considerably even after regular charging, there is  chance for a spyware. Some spywares continuously send the data from the phone which causes severe battery drain. Don’t be anxious. An old battery shows same symptom.

2. If there is tapping software, clicking sounds will appear between the talks.

3. If your cell phone hesitates to shut down lighting the backlight continuously, there is a possibility of spyware.

4. Frequent lighting of the backlight without any phone activity may be due to a spyware. Don’t be confused. It may be due to poor signals.

5. If there is a background noise during speech or echo, there may be a spying

Don’t worry, we can catch such evesdroppers. There are tricks to find out the spy and destroy it.

From where it comes?

Sophisticated Cell phones are more vulnerable to spywares. Most spywares require supported brands like Blackberry, iPhone, Widows mobile etc. Cell phone spywares are available in the net as downloadable versions at a very low cost. This can be installed in the Target phone within minutes and it is difficult to identify its presence in the phone. Installation of the spyware is a deliberate act and not an accidental introduction. Once installed, the spyware straight away begins to record information like SMS, Email, Call logs etc and uploads the same to an online account of the person introduced the spyware. The person installed the spyware can easily log on to the account and see all the activities of the Target phone.

How the Cell phone becomes an open device?

The spywares available now have many features to hack the cell phone activities. Some of them are:

1. Live listening – The spyware programme enables the hacker to listen the live conversation between the caller and the answerer.

2. Text message retrieval- All the SMS received or Send from the spyware installed phone can be retrieved and recorded.

3. Video enabling- If the spyware is installed in the phone, the Images, video clippings etc stored in the phone can be viewed online.

4. Call logging- This feature of the spyware allows the hacker to check all the incoming and outgoing calls.

5. GPS tracking – This facility helps to track the location of the phone.

6. SMS Interceptor– This facility helps to read the SMS send or received at any time even if the message is deleted.

Spyware detection

1. Check the phone, if somebody borrowed your phone for making a call or to see the visuals. If there is any doubt, immediately format it. If a memory card is present, format it also.

3. Observe the sound of speech. If there is tapping software, clicking sounds will appear between the talks.

4. If your cell phone hesitates to shut down lighting the backlight continuously, there is a possibility of a spyware.

5. Frequent lighting of the backlight without any phone activity may be due to a spyware.

6. If there is a background noise during speech or echo, there may be a spying.

Tips to keep the cell phone safe

If your cell phone has a web browser, install a good Firewall and Antivirus programme to prevent the access of spywares.

Don’t accept Bluetooth sharing or connection with unknown persons

Clearly watch the behavior of cell phone after a Service.

As long as you are careful, there is nothing to worry about the spywares since even if infected ,a clean formatting will erase all the spywares and viruses from the phone.

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