How to Know If Your Cell Phone Has Been Bugged

Using a cell phone today is not as safe as we all would hope. Your personal information, your conversations and your text messages could be hacked into and downloaded by anyone. Spyware for cell phones is so common, all you need is an Internet connection. Knowing the signs of what to look for can help you know when it is time to get a new cell phone.

Man with walkie talkie by globe
Avoid being spied on -- watch for spyware signs on your cell phone.
credit: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Step

Pay attention to how your cell phone sounds. Question if you hear strange noises in the background of your conversations, such as clicking, echoing of people's voices (either your own or the person you are speaking with) or noises that are similar to white noise.

Step

Get your cell phone checked out if it lights up on its own when it is not in use. Also have it checked if it turns on and off by itself.

Step

Check the temperature of your cell phone and its battery. If either component feels abnormally hot to the touch, you might have spyware running in the background.

Step

Pay close attention to your cell phone bill. You might receive charges for double, sometimes triple, the amount of texts and calls you actually made. The cause? The spyware is sending your phone's activity to third party numbers and websites where someone is downloading your information.