How to Protect Your Cell Phone From Spying

By Nicole Hamilton

Installation of a spyware program on a cell phone can convert it into a listening and tracking device. Some spyware programs use the GPS capabilities of cell phones to pinpoint a person's location. Spyware can also allow persons to listen in on conversations. Not only does it provide access to conversations held on the cell phone, but it will also turn the cell phone speaker into a listening device that works even when the cell phone is off. Stalkers operating the spyware could also gain access to text messages, contact lists and other information saved on the phone. Monitoring spyware is available for download on multiple Internet sites, although it is illegal to use in several countries.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone

Protecting Your Cell Phone from Spyware Installation

Step 1

Keep your cell phone with you at all times and do not allow anyone to use it. A person who has direct contact with a cell phone can quickly install spyware.

Step 2

Activate a password on your phone to secure it from unauthorized access.

Step 3

Do not accept any unusual Bluetooth connections.

Step 4

Do not download files from the Internet to your phone.

Step 5

Disable, restrict or secure Internet access on your phone.

Determining if There Is Spyware on Your Phone

Step 1

Turn the cell phone off.

Step 2

Observe the phone for unexpected behavior such as the screen turning on or buttons lighting up.

Step 3

Feel the battery to see if it is warm. This could indicate the phone is not off and a program is running.

Step 4

Turn the cell phone back on.

Step 5

Listen for unusual clicks, beeps or background noises when you are making a call on the cell phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove the phone battery when it is not in use.
  • Use a new prepaid phone to protect extremely sensitive conversations.
  • If you notice unusual behavior from your phone, take it to your cell phone provider.
  • Spyware rarely infects cell phones without Internet access.
  • Do not engage in any important calls or private conversations if you suspect your cell phone has spyware.
  • Spyware removal may require the cell phone provider performing a memory wipe of your phone.