How to Protect Yourself From Unethical Or Illegal Spying
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A quick Google search for “spy software” yields over a 100 million results. Clearly, there is massive interest in spying software and gadgets. Irrespective of the motivation or justification for spying (such as spousal infidelity), spying is illegal and a gross invasion of privacy in most countries around the world.

This article takes you through the different methods that your spouse, employer or anyone else with an interest — nefarious or otherwise — in your private affairs can use to snoop on you. In each case, I have endeavored to provide practical defenses.

Smartphone Spying Applications

The digital age has accorded us many comforts and conveniences. One of these is the smartphone. But, our high dependence on smartphones makes us easy targets for spying. Mobile spy applications are selling like hot cakes.

Once installed on your smartphone, such applications use your data connection to secretly send logs to a remote server. These logs can include:

  • Calls
  • Text messages
  • Data from Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber

Spy applications can also upload stored camera images and can activate the phone’s microphone so that the spy can listen in on your conversations. Advanced applications even allow the spy to listen in on phone conversations using a technique similar to conference calling. Spy applications also log and upload location information using the built-in GPS receiver, wireless networks or cell network IDs.

These applications do not have a user interface so you can’t easily locate them on your smartphone. The spy can access the logs via a web interface from anywhere in the world.

mobile hacking

What to do: Actual possession of the smartphone is required in order to install spyware. It takes only five minutes on average. The spy will usually achieve this by waiting until you leave your phone unattended. More devious and creative methods can also be used such as pretending their phone has a dead battery and borrowing your phone to make a call.

Therefore, the first common sense step to defending yourself is to ensure you have your phone with you at all times. Next, implement the following measures:

  1. Use a good strong screen lock password
  2. Avoid pattern locks and Face Unlock on Android, which can easily be hacked.
  3. Beware of prying eyes when typing your password. You would be surprised at how easy it is to read someone’s unlock code when they are unaware you are looking.
  4. It is possible to tell if your phone has spyware installed by watching the phone for weird behavior such as the backlight coming on for no particular reason.
  5. Check your data notification bar to see if your phone is connecting to the Internet for no apparent reason.
  6. Monitor your bandwidth usage Why You Don't Need Third Party Apps To Manage Background Data Use In Android Jelly Bean Why You Don't Need Third Party Apps To Manage Background Data Use In Android Jelly Bean If you’re like most people, you don’t have unlimited data and you don’t want to go over your data cap. Phones with Android Jelly Bean contain powerful tools for tracking your mobile data usage, setting... Read More using a data monitoring application. Spy applications tend to hog bandwidth as they upload logs to the remote server. Check your list of applications for any strange apps and uninstall anything you don’t recognize.
  7. If you can’t find anything, but strongly believe that your Android phone has been compromised, back up your data and restore the phone to factory settings.
  8. Install a mobile security application such as F-Secure to prevent future spyware installations.

iPhones need to be Jailbroken in order for spyware to be installed. The best evidence of jailbreaking on an iPhone The Dangers of iPhone Spy Software & How To Detect It The Dangers of iPhone Spy Software & How To Detect It Considering spying on an iPhone? Think you've got a compromised device? Here's what you need to know. Read More is the Cydia app (see image below), which provides access to the alternative store for jailbroken iOS devices. If you find the Cydia icon, you have good reason to suspect your iPhone is bugged. Get rid it by upgrading the firmware; this reverses the jailbreak. However, the fact that you can’t find the Cydia icon does not mean that your phone hasn’t been jailbroken. The spy may have covered his/her tracks by installing an app that hides icons. SBSettings Install These SBSettings Toggles And Make Your Life Easier [Cydia Tweak] Install These SBSettings Toggles And Make Your Life Easier [Cydia Tweak] SBSettings makes life easier. Allowing me to shut off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other settings in seconds is one of the most awesome things ever. SBSettings has been around for as long as I can remember,... Read More is a Cydia app which can prevent certain icons from appearing. It even hides its own icon. Locate SBSettings by swiping from left to right on your status bar. Open it and check to see if there are any hidden icons.


Desktop Spying

Remote access applications and key loggers are the weapons of choice for spies keen on hacking into your computer. An application such as VNC allows someone to remotely view all your activity on a computer.  A key logger records all key strokes. All the spy needs to do is read the log and find passwords to your email, Facebook and other sites.

computer hacking

What to do: To avoid your computer from being spied on, take the following measures:

  1. Set your computer to lock the screen whenever it is idle for three minutes.
  2. Use a good strong password How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget Do you know how to create and remember a good password? Here are some tips and tricks to maintain strong, separate passwords for all of your online accounts. Read More .
  3. As a general rule, never allow anyone to use your computer as an administrator. If you share a computer with other people at home, create separate user accounts. Only the administrator should be able to install applications. If this is not possible, regularly check the list of installed software to see if there is any software you don’t recognize. If there is, it could be a sign that someone has snooped on your PC 4 Ways to Tell If Someone Was Snooping on Your PC 4 Ways to Tell If Someone Was Snooping on Your PC Your computer is not how you left it. You have your suspicions, but how can you tell if someone was snooping on your PC? Read More .

If you suspect your office computer is being monitored, avoid visiting any sites that you wouldn’t want your boss to know about.

It is important to mention that most spyware is completely undetectable. A key logger may not appear in your Add/Remove Programs list or even in the task manager. To get rid of key loggers and other spyware in Windows you need to install an anti-spyware program such as the free version of SpyBot Search & Destroy or Malwarebytes Premium. If you are unable to fix the problem, boot into safe mode (press and hold down F8 as your computer restarts) and try running the anti-spyware program again. MacScan works well for Macs. If you still can’t get rid of the problem, back up your important files and re-install the operating system. That should completely delete malware still in your system. Also, read Aibek’s article on how to cheat key logger software How To Cheat Keylogger Spyware How To Cheat Keylogger Spyware Read More .

GPS tracking devices

Planting a GPS device on a car is extremely easy. Any self-respecting spy will think of placing a GPS tracker on your car.

What to do: There are many tell-tale signs that your car is being tracked. If you suspect someone is keeping tabs on you via GPS, the following are the ideal spots for hiding GPS devices:

  • Inside plastic bumper
  • Under bug shield
  • Under grill
  • Gap between hood and window
  • Under front dashboard
  • Inside door speakers
  • Top of the roof
  • Inside rear speakers
  • Under rear dashboard fabric
  • Inside the rear third brake light
  • Inside the rear plastic bumper
  • In the glove compartment

where to hide a gps device in a car

These days, trackers can be as small as a matchbox, so you have to be really thorough. You should also check your vehicle’s OBD (On Board Diagnostics) port for anything plugged in. This is the port that your mechanic plugs in a computer to perform a computer diagnostic. It is usually located under the front dashboard. An OBD GPS tracker has the advantage of drawing power directly from the car’s electrical system. Non-OBD tracking devices will eventually run out of power so anyone keen on keeping tabs on you over the long haul will prefer an OBD device. If gadgets are not your thing, you can always hire an electronics specialist to check your car for any tracking devices.

You can also jam a GPS signal with a GPS jamming gadget. These gadgets are easily available at online stores and only cost a couple of bucks. Most of them plug into a car’s 12 V adapter and can interfere with any GPS signal within a range of 500 meters. However, GPS jamming devices are illegal in some countries, such as the United States and Australia.

Cameras & Microphones

Due to great advances in camera technology such as the introduction of night vision and miniaturization, hidden cameras are being deployed on a massive scale.

hidden camera

What to do: If you suspect there are hidden cameras in your home, office or car, you can begin by searching the usual places. For buildings, check:

  • Light fixtures
  • Smoke detectors
  • Shelves
  • Speakers
  • Underneath table tops
  • Shelves
  • Flower pots
  • Lamp shades
  • Clocks
  • Wall pictures
  • Any other place that could conceivably conceal a miniature camera

Also, look for black dots in walls that may alert you to the presence of a pinhole camera. You can also turn off the lights at night and look for tiny green or red LED lights. Shine a flashlight against mirrors to pick up any hidden cameras. In cars, check the rear view mirror, roof and dashboard. If you want to be absolutely sure, a radio frequency (RF) detector equipped with a hidden camera lens finder costs less than 50 bucks and will detect all types of hidden cameras. Wireless cameras transmit at frequencies ranging from 900 MHz to 5.8 GHz. The RF detector will alert you to a transmission and you can then investigate the area further to determine the source. The lens camera finder will detect wired cameras. It emits red LED light which bounces off the lens of the spy camera. All you need to do is look through the scope to see the sparkle of the camera lens. Hidden microphones can also be detected using an RF detector.

rf detector hidden camera finder

What Next?

Finding out that you are being illegally spied on by your boss or a peeping tom is fairly easy to deal with; notify the law enforcement authorities immediately.

But if it’s your spouse who is spying on you, it can be pretty upsetting and even traumatizing, especially if you are completely innocent. The thought that a loved one harbors mistrust can evoke strong emotions. I can’t tell you what to do in such a situation; you would have to make that decision on your own. On the other hand, if your spouse spies on you and catches you cheating, that would leave you in a catch-22.

Speaking of spying, there’s also the concern that Huawei 5G hardware is a conduit for spying by the Chinese government. Let’ see if Huawei is really the national security threat it appears Huawei 5G Hardware as a National Security Risk, Explained Huawei 5G Hardware as a National Security Risk, Explained You've heard how Huawei hardware might represent national security risks, but is the threat from the Chinese technology firm real? Read More .

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  1. Bri
    March 19, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Omg I been going through this since May 2018. It first due to racism. But then people got into because they thought my pain was amusing. Spying, stalking , and harassing became a fun game to them. They got all types of people into it. Randoms at the bar from across where I stay. People at businesses around me joining on the own to be malicious. Neighbors, professionals, mothers, fathers, children. I was wondering how these people even know me. Seen me before? How? Alot of weird be happening from random and women following around. All because some neighbor, stranger decided to be nsf sbd fustrated and led to this behavioral practice. It's quite frightening and dangerous. And not once did these people stop thing about what they were doing, see that were hurting people and committing an illegal crime. I felt vulnerable & disrespected. How far human being will go in this day and age.

  2. Cory
    November 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I seen a comment say report to your authority's if you feel your being spied on? Well how do you do that without hard evidence? In from Minnesota as well and I have strong belief that my father and a group of individuals are spying on me. My dad harbors these people in his home even allows one to have a key to the place and a room labeled the "storage room". They go around trashing my stuff when I'm not home or secretly when I am. They make things smell like cat piss or mold. They draw this symbol on things, what looks to be a backwards three. I lost my house and was forced to come back home I noticed this go on before I left my dads but everyone I talked to about it thought I was crazy now that I'm back and it's happening again but worse and more frequently . It's really pissing me off. I have been wrighting statements of the things these people say because they give clear clues as to it being them. I think they all work with the taskforce in some way because they all have drug charges or are facing a lot of time. But it makes sense because of all the strange weird people and vehicles that surround my dads especially when I'm the only one here. I have a wifi camera that they have marked with there symbol that I just bought 3 weeks ago. What goodnisna wifi camera it can be hacked. Truly any onsite would be awesome I clearly cant trust anyone around me.
    I almost forgot I'm sure the place is bugged with microphones and or hidden cameras because there are things I'll do or say here when no one is around and these people will come over, Even my father mind you, will say with out saying things almost like they are referring to what I have done or said. I read the article below it says look for small pinholes in walls and there are thos everywhere in the room I stay in and the guy staying in it before me. Definitely wore a neon yellow shirt to work every morning doing "landscape" and on the back said TASK FORCE like the last name on a Jersey.
    Please help.

  3. JoLynn Troxell
    September 30, 2018 at 5:10 am

    I am a very close friend of someone who does have a "supposed" loved one spying on her. The worst part of it, though, is that he Is A Correctional Officer at ECI in Somerset County MD. I, at the moment, am renting her couch as my own bed until CHA gets their butts moving and gives me an apartment. I can't stand seeing my bestest bud go through this! How do I get her boyfriend to back off and treat her with more respect?

  4. J Fleming
    September 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    My neighbor has at least NINE spy cameras looking into or on my house. I have learned this over a two year period and observing his WiFi connectors when he is observing me. He likes to come and go from his house without being seen so he has to know where I am.
    I know roughly which camera is where but they are all hiden aound in trees etc.
    I have put up oneway viewing covers on the windows but he still knows by motion detectors on the cameras where I am and they must show some deathl as he knows when my head is down reading or up lookng out the window.
    How can I stop both successully? Any ideas grateully received

  5. Patricia
    February 15, 2018 at 4:29 am

    This is good to know I feel.uncomfortable being in my own home like my every move is watched even when I'm in my son room getting him to bed I feel there is a camera facing me. I want to know who I can get to look in my house to find these cameras. I tried. If I can get help let me know

  6. Deeply saddened
    October 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I just want to let people know about a very devious way that someone can spy on people. I have an old Samsung tablet that is no longer setup through its carrier. My cell is an iPhone. My husband has an old iPhone and now uses an android. Stay with me here,,, my daughter has an old iPhone that is jail broken. I didn’t know what that was. Anyway, my youngest is 8, I’m not getting her a phone but she loves to watch videos and listen to music so I used my google account to let her hook to our WiFi and do that. I setup both my husbands and my other daughters old iPhones so that I could transfer my music to it for her. Well, because my daughters phone was jail broken, now, the “perpetrator” has installed super hidden spyware and it has allowed him to jail break my iPhone, via the tablet, through a “dummy adapter” running from his sons house behind us. He’s paying for the tablet service to be on by a smart card or something like that. I feel like my chest is going to explode and I’m torn apart by this. I would NEVER in my life spy on anyone and this person has NO reason but a selfish one to want to spy on me. He took my personal photos and blast them online , listens to all conversations, messages, calls, tracking the car, everything! Wow! I’m speechless. I don’t know what to do. And yes Apple showed me who it is and it’s a difficult situation that I have to make a decision about. But anyway, just wanted to let u all know that. And this person had setup a second fake phone and having all my “files” sent to him and has put them on an sd card. This is highly illegal Apple tells me. But the person isn’t just a neighbor. I wanted to warn everyone everywhere, please believe that ur phone does NOT have to be personally touched by someone for them to install spyware.

    • Pam
      September 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Same here but no one will tell me who or even what spyware .. PRIVACY LAWS is all i get. Is that due to him being on my account ??

  7. Bob
    September 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I found my house my vehicles and my shop was mug Police Department asked me if I knew who was spying on me when I said no they just smiled and walked away how do I find out if they actually had a warrant to be in my property

    • Ernest
      December 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

      They cant. They have a separate court that approves the warrant.

      • Patricia
        February 15, 2018 at 4:30 am

        I'm from Minnesota trying to find out who could help me find cameras in my house or do I just contact my lawyer. I feel trapt in my home like my every move is watched

        • Jon
          September 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

          There are machines that block WIFI connectors but they are illgal.
          I havee a neighbor that has at least nine cameras focused into and on my house. I have, over two years, learned the WiFi connector IDs.

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    • Patricia
      February 15, 2018 at 4:33 am

      I'm from Minnesota trying to find out about hidden cameras my boyfriend placed in home idk how many. I just know I feel trap in my own home like my every move is watched I'm looking for help don't know if I should get someone to help find them or just contact my lawyer and take it to court

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  11. Sanyam Garg
    August 30, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I am being spied by my classmates. I don't know how they are doing it. I am being constantly spied 24x7.

    • Amir
      September 9, 2017 at 6:20 am

      I want to know if you get any solution please

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      February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am

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  12. Sanyam Garg
    August 30, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I am being spied by my classmates. I don't know how they are doing it. They are spying on me continuously 24x7.

    • BettyBlack
      June 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Hello , did you ever find a solution to this? I am needing help as well for a situation I am going though. Thank you..

  13. Paul Rice
    August 23, 2017 at 6:28 am

    so how would you be able to detect if someone has hacked your phone or tablet device? I suspect someone may have attempted to do so and would like to figure out how to know 100%. Thank you for your time.

    • Deeply saddened
      October 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Depends on what kind of device u have It took me several weeks to find the right way. And it was the sneakiest ever!

      • Christina
        October 4, 2019 at 1:54 am

        How did you do it?

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  15. janelle gassler
    June 4, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    im tired of nobody believing me that zach my boyfriend had planned this for years and that ive been illigaly invaded with no privacy, the friends i see for a min all involved in making a name on me, i need help to get a lawyer i called two and they never called back, the superviser of the state trooper covered up the assult from his brother and dont trust the cops are there to help,

  16. B
    April 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Husband hired a professional to spy on me. He pulled up all my old history and files and details of past relationships....this was before we got married. Now married and I am 100 percent faithful for over three years and he made a comment recently that eluded me that he had hacked into my privacy again. Password change comments and other detailed info that only I should know. I am tired of being spied on and want to stop this immediately. I never use a computer, only iPhone. The account is a yahoo account and I am considering shutting it down, but why should I have to? I can't catch him since he has someone else doing this... what do I do? Considering going to the cops but that is last resort and I have nothing to hide but this threatens my trust.

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  18. Mkhan
    November 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Hello, my husband has put a gps tracker on the car which he owns and he is using that for spying on me because I use that car too and whenever I go out of the house he is using the website gps live and keeping an eye on me all the time. I believe that I'm having a right to know that too that there is a tracker fixed on the car.
    He tells me many times that he trusts me a lot and on the other side he is doing that. Whenever we arguing he says to me that I shall wait because very soon he will have a prove against me. He always knows where I stopped at the street and that makes me think about being tracked. I really don't know what to do. I wish I could hand him over to the police because he is emotionally abusing me but I'm not sure if they will do that because he owns that car.

    • Patricia
      February 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

      OMG my boyfriend has hidden cameras in I feel uncomfortable in my own home like my every move is watched..I'm thinking of calling lawyer

  19. He's Always Watching Me
    November 13, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Is it possible for a neighbor who has never been inside my apartment to be able to spy on me via video surveillance or other visual means? A guy lives in the apartment above me and I find it extremely odd and equally as irritating that he follows me from room to room in his apartment. If I go into the bathroom, he goes into his. When I leave the bathroom, he leaves his. I once walked in and right out then ran to the kitchen and he was right above my head with each step I took. This is more than just coincidence. He drops things on the floor in the approximate spot where I am in my apartment and I think he does this on purpose because I've complained to him about how noisy he is. Someone told me he may have some sort of heat seeking equipment that shows him my location in my apartment. Can this be true?

    • Hes watching and listening all the time
      December 14, 2016 at 2:27 am

      What you described is exactly what I am going through now. Im trying to figure out what I can do.

      • He's Always Watching Me
        December 15, 2016 at 2:29 am

        I'm very sorry that you're being victimized also. I've done some research and there are professionals who will come and sweep your home with professional grade detection equipment, but as I understand it, they are very expensive. I'm considering calling one of them for a consultation just to see if they can offer any tips for me to figure this out on my own. I'm not 100% certain that will be helpful since their business is to do the work themselves and they probably won't be too eager to offer any free advice, but it's worth a shot. I can't live like this. It's much too obvious that I am being watched and I want something done about it now!

        • Rochelle
          December 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

          Thank you. I too have done some research and I want to check in to a PI And hope I can find someone who is reasonable in pricing to come sweep the house. This is insane and I cant just pack up and move. I have to figure something out. #frustrated and fed up.

        • Deirdre
          December 17, 2016 at 2:58 am

          I contacted a PI firm and asked if it was at all possible for this fool to have cameras on me without having entered my apartment and was told no; he would have had to have access to my apartment in order to plant cameras. Honestly, that was little consolation because it still feels pretty evident that I'm being watched. I've decided to turn the tables. I now take video with my cellphone to document him following me everywhere I go. The ceiling is very noisy and his footsteps can be heard in the video. I also have a little device that's supposed to detect electronic surveillance equipment. I'm tired of being a victim. If the device picks up anything, I will call the PI back and ask him what he will charge to come out and do an electronic sweep of my apartment. It's time to fight back. Best of luck to you!

      • Losing it
        October 23, 2018 at 6:37 pm

        This was a while ago but you're words sound like they came out of my mouth, I am going fricken nuts about this, please did u ever find out what the hell was going on? I cant take it anymore whatever it is has to be illegal. They even read out my words in my texts as I type them on my phone, I hear them repeating my convos I had that day and i hear mine and my husbands convos being played back. Cant take it.

    • Carol
      April 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Your neighbor has some kind of listening device that can hear through walls. I have the same thing going on but can't really afford to have a bug sweep done yet. It is possible to verify what is happening with a good PI but not cheap. It's hard to believe that people would hound their neighbor 24/7 when all they can hear is a bunch of nothing. It's harassment!! I believe that my neighbor must be a meth user which is the only thing I know of that would make someone act this way. Best-

      • Deirdre
        May 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm

        I'm sure he does have that and much more. There has to be a camera somewhere. Some mornings, he is fairly quiet up until the very moment I open my eyes and then the racket starts. How else would he know that I'm awake if I haven't moved an inch out of bed? This has happened on several occasions and is no longer coincidence. This idiot is watching me.

        I've gone to my local police station and spoken with an officer to ask about harassment laws in my state and what is considered harassment. The officer was very helpful and offered an idea I hadn't thought of. He explained that what I'm experiencing is not harassment unless and until I can prove I'm being watched/tracked. For now, it's just an extreme case of having an asshole for a neighbor.

        He asked if I have checked for any holes in the ceiling and I told him I did. The ceiling is in decorative spackle pattern and there are a few holes that could possibly be just that, so I plugged them with tissue and moved on. I don't want to tear the ceiling down over every little hole I see which could have been there long before we moved in. Besides, the guy is still following me all over the apartment and especially in the bathroom every single time I go even with the holes plugged.

        I told the officer about the equipment I rented to detect hidden cameras and he told me if the camera is hard wired, the specific equipment I had would not have picked it up since the alleged camera may not be wireless. He did suggest that I speak with my leasing office and ask maintenance to go up there and have a quick look around for anything suspicious. Ironically, they will be entering our apartments over the next two days to inspect our fire extinguishers. He strongly advised me to not engage the guy at all and if I or maintenance discover anything, call 911 immediately. This is pretty much what I expected. I just wanted some sort of validation that what I'm experiencing is not abnormal or unheard of and direction on what to do next from law enforcement.

        I did go to the leasing office and spoke with a manager. I explained what has been going on and that my request was the suggestion of a police officer. Honestly, she was shocked because said she has never received any complaints about this guy. Clearly, the noise complaints I called in months ago were ultimately ignored. I was told a letter would be sent when I called and spoke to the same leasing agent on different occasions. The manager said that she would ask the inspection crew to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary and research the noise complaints. We'll see what happens.

        Best of luck to you. I do know how you feel and it is maddening isn't it? Hopefully we both find relief soon.

        • Losing it
          October 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

          Can you please tell me what the outcome was. I want to catch these pieces of shit so bad..I'm going to move bcuz indont l dont know if I'm in danger and I have 3 little kids. BUT I feel like I'm losing or letting them win by doing so for some weird reason.!

  20. Grace
    November 8, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Hi I am a victim of everything you discussed above and do not know what to do. My bosses along with several employees are spying on me and I do not know how to get help. Can you help me or refer someone to me so I can talk to. Thanks

    • BettyBlack
      June 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Hi! I am so relieved to have found this website. I was experiencing an extreme form of harassment at work as well. Everytime I went to work, they seemed to know all I did in my home - up to what color shirt I was wearing. So several of them would come into work wearing the same color on purpose. At first, I thought it was a coincidence, but after several days , I realized it was not. They knew detail of private text messages and would purposely comment on it. They repeated conversations I would have in my home over the weekend. I usually watched a movie on Saturday or Sunday with my then boyfriend, & Every Monday my coworker would let me know she watched a movie over the weekend-& it was ALWAYS the same movie I watched. Again, at first I thought it was a coincidence, but after 2 months I realized something strange was going on. They also seemed to know what I cooked over the weekend (without my telling them) and would always make comments that they cooked the same meal. I was forced /bullied into resigning when the nature of the harassment started to become sexually harassing comments. They were making comments of intimate things between my boyfriend and I that no one else would know. We are both Christians so I trust he would never have told anyone I knew anything about us- it would be too embarrassing for both of us.

      Please let me know if this issue was ever resolved and how you did it. I cannot afford an expensive PI to sweep my home , but can if someone is reasonable and reputable w/valid equipment.

      Thank you !

  21. abiola k
    October 12, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for your article this devices is being monitord as we speak by unscrupulous individuals with no decency as you say.

    • James polk
      November 2, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Why the

  22. Jim C
    October 5, 2016 at 9:30 am

    If you suspect someone you know of installing spyware on your cell phone, which btw can be done with no actual hands on access to the phone now, discovering it is simple. The types of people who do these things have certain personality defects. That is their weak spot. All you have to do is plan several "scripted calls". If you suspect a spouse, the script would be a "secret lover" or similar of course according to the person and situation. The variables are endless. The goal is to force them to expose themselves. If you are worried about a violent response, its simple dont do it. I am more concerned with a cowardly , backstabbing response. Face to face is EXACTLY what I want, which is something these people just dont seem have the stomach for. I had a family member who thought it was a big joke to install spyware on my phone. You couldnt pay HIM to do that again. I have no respect or sympathy whatsoever for people who do this just to be nosey. I have seen it completely backfire on more than one. Its called Karma.

    • Millie D
      October 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Since they no longer need actual hands on access to your phone, do they need your itunes user id and password to put the spyware on your phone? Can someone get access to my phone without having these credentials?

  23. Sherell Squire
    September 24, 2016 at 3:20 am

    My job has been listening to my conversations at home and using what they hear against me at work. They didn't tell me nothing about it.

  24. Hacker
    September 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Look up Libreboot and read what it says!

    The answer is: if you can not trust, either the network provider, the hardware vendor, the people auditing the systems you end up deploying then that web of trust is broken, very badly.

    Software as it stands sucks, incredibly - "hackers" know this and they capitalize on it!

    Heck, Microsoft Windows is still using NTLM Hashing for Network Password protection, that went the way of the doe-doe in 1996 when it was found to be invariably broken, what did Microsoft do about that problem? The answer is nothing, your corporate copies of Windows are still utilizing broken NTLM *(New Technology Lan Manager) Hashes that where proven to be ineffective at protecting your corporate networks as far back as 1996!

    Instead all you have to do is type in Windows 10 Spying to get a feel for the Microsoft Corporation and everything it represents!

    An as for Apple - unless you run XCode as a developer you have no real security anyway, because you can not update the broken software without it and every single iPhone still ships with the default password of = alpine for the secure trusted user account!

  25. PJ
    June 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Guess what folks if your significant other or spouse doesn't trust you .... best advice is GET THE HELL OUT FAST!!!!! DON'T BUY anything, nobody deserves to be in a relationship like this where you are spied on.... holy crap!!!! That is psychotic and will lead to nothing good... good luck....

    • Fedup
      February 5, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      You are absolutely right on the spot. If they don't trust you then you do not need to be with them. I know for a fact my phone, my house, is bugged with microphones and camera's. Also there is a GPS tracker on my car and a microphone to listen to my conversations. I have a friend who was in law enforcement and now him and his wife have a PI buisness. He's monitoring the person who is monitoring me. And will go with me to The proper authorities with evidence in hand to file charges. Because when I tried to report it the police said I was. Paranoid or crazy.
      So the best thing to do is get a good technical PI and get the evidence. By the way I have fun with this. I say and do all kinds of crazy stuff just to mess with them. Good Luck to everyone.

  26. thomas kane
    May 26, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I hate cheaters, my fiancee never gave me a reason to be suspicious until i found her and her colleague at a romantic restaurant. she told me it was work stuff but something wasn't right. i was worried until i was introduced to cyberhacktivist1 (at) gmail (dot) com who hacked her phone and text so i can find out the truth. cyberhacktivist1 gmail com made it possible to track her movement and location. he hacked her facebook, aol email. now lets say i have no doubt he was cheating. Email him he can help.

  27. nayana
    May 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    i think some has been spying me for more than 6 years, i moved to different city but after 1 year it started again. whenever i enter into a room a tap or click noise goes on.
    i have told my friends about it but they dont believe me.
    i know for sure someone is spaying on me because in the class people are talking abt some specific thing that i only do at home and they stops when ask or try to listen.

    • Amanda
      June 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm


      That's a little creepy to have other people knowing your business in your home - and unfort. I'm in the same boat (minus the clicks/taps) I wish you the best and hope it doesn't ruin your life to level in which it has ruin mine

      • devline
        August 26, 2016 at 1:14 am

        Wait, so other people exprienced this? and six years how did you put up with it?

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  29. Anonymous
    July 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    My husband & his mistress put spyware on all my devices he also gave them a key to my home to place spyware I don't know why he would do that to me I have nothing to hide from him or secrets and why would she want to hear what I talking about w my mom or dad she got access to all my phone contacts started texting my parents on there cells and myself talking with a foul mouth text my son!!!! She did ! And said sooner or later your gonna find out who I am, she put some kind of mspy/flexspy on my phone but when I to,d my husband I reported to the police and also turn in all her text messages and wrote two written reports , he was quite and of course he told her !! And I also reported it to the FBI OF INTERNET crime , I just didn't understand why he did this to me and then my new car I know he allow them to put any kind of spyware inside my car but by the grace of god I was able to find out some things . I feel they have a way in my home I feel as they can hurt me . My parents live two hours away and she even show up there in front of my moms house and this person works for hospice!!!!! She travels and to me they are both sick I tried to leave him but he stared to cry and said no plz don't go I love u, but I told him no u don't, you have verblely abuse me mentally abuse me your words are like daggers in my heart and you still don't want to tell me who she is, ever since we had our will done back in 2013 he got to be uglier w me he took our life insurance papers and I just feel all this has to do w that , she has life insurance on him and she wants him to change thing over to her or forfeit our will its been awful he even started blasting my lord and savior and all he does is lie to me but yet he don't want me to leave??? Why???? Maybe cause he knows he wouldn't want anyone else to have me or he knows this person he got involved w is truly sick not sure why I don't feel safe at all any more I had to get my a prepaid phone

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  31. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

    To monitor or not to monitor, that's a question.Sometimes it is legal to monitor for example,monitoring is legal practices for the country's part or for the employers during the working time.But monitoring spy app like Micro Keylogger is forbidded when using without others' permission,.This article give me a clear sight while being monitored what should I do.

  32. Kelly Paul
    May 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I believe there is a chance my apartment has hidden cameras, as well as listening devices. Not sure what to do, private investigators to expensive.

  33. gross invasion
    May 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    What do i do?
    if they are using a walkie talkie and 5 houses away, what can i do.
    My boy friend brings his walkie talkie home and a charger from his work. However his brother inlaw (Sherrif) house is 5 does away .they listen in to me while he is at work and here. He acts very distance and ignored me when he is home. Other then picking a fight all the time.
    How /what do i do to get them caught? ??

  34. Anonymous
    April 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    My employer put something into electricity switch through GPS next to my room and he monitored me while his on his work, i know he does cause the electricity is clicked faster if i'm scrolling Facebook or some apps i've been in. And all tapped their mobile phones even children's phone has it, they know where i am if i bring my gadget all over the house. And what they can see if they open that GPS in their mobile? My GPS are turn off but the still reach me what can i do?

  35. Sean Gregory
    April 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Everywhere I go I am bugged, micd and cameras set car, where I live and wherever I phone is redhot too.
    How do I find out who is responsible for such an elaborate set up on my life??
    Please help.nobody believes me but my bug detector has located many suspect items which I usually pull apart.
    Everyone says I'm having paranoid delusions but I know I'm not.please help

    • Bradley Lee White
      April 12, 2015 at 2:16 am

      I wish i new my self hey if u find out please let me know if there is a free. App to find them thanks look for me on facebook and we can work together and find out what is going on

    • floyd
      May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Unbelievable I thought I was the only one. Tell the Fbi thats what I did. They won't even know they are being watched back.

      • Nika
        November 29, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        I am dealing with the same issue at work. My ex is tracking me using my phone and phone to eavesdrop. I don't know how to go about getting this problem handled.

        • Tina Hicks
          September 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

          I dont know what to do either. I dont know who to trust. I dont know what to do. I am scared all the time of everybody and everything. I am being told over and over i am just being parinoid but i know this is real. Just becausr i have parinia issues doesnt mean i am not right. I hear it,hapening every day and i cant do anything about it.

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  37. robert jones
    April 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

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    • Don't Know Why
      November 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      I need help too same problem

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  39. Vanessa Lugo
    January 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I computer have a question? What should I do if my live in boyfriend is a computer wiz and thats putting it lightly. My question is since we reside together in the same apartment, does that give him the right to spy on me or allow other people outside of our relationship meaning him and I to spy on me? Is that legal? Im very uncomfortable and feel like im always a target to be spyed on. It's very sad. What do I do? He even has a business that says his name and that he does computer work.

  40. Not Just Paranoid RaiseUrHandifUrSure
    December 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    sorry my phone likes to make me look like an idiot or is it THEM? lol

  41. Not Just Paranoid RaiseUrHandifUrSure
    December 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    please, could someone be more specific on the other methods used to install spyware? my ex sent me a photo that had an "unstabme date" as in it kept changing from, for lack of memory's sake, July 8 1970 to July 8 2011 etc. because he wanted to make me appear crazy, he had his boss/friend "accidentally" message me with a job site pic that did the same thing then he'd ca'll and pick a fight knowing I'd text an angry msg then tauntingly letme know I was linked in with his work messages..ofcourse I thought it was bs because their numbers weren't included. isthat possible as a method? opening an image? whatis another way because he's not the only sick shit in my life. how does a Citrix receiver fit in for someone who only looks at Facebook and recipes and plays solitaire? (seriously, if that is THE extent of the users experience, what the check would they do with such software? please be specific as you can. thanks for your time and expertise...Not Paranoid

  42. Grant R
    December 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I appreciate security articles very much. But I don't appreciate those with bad information.

    "Actual possession of the smartphone is required in order to install spyware."

    Actually, spyware can be installed on mobile devices without physical access to the phone. Apps including spyware have been discovered on for both Apple and Android, even on the official storefronts. Spyware can be installed on smartphones via a number of other methods as well, including session hacking over local wi-fi.

    "If you see the Cydia icon, you have good reason to suspect your iPhone is bugged."

    Cydia is required for iPhones running on pre-paid plans from many national vendors such as MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, Straight Talk, Cricket, and others. This is because Apple blocks settings needed to configure the phones for different networks. Most often, seeing this icon is because you or your phone provider installed it for practical and valid purposes - not because you are being spied on.

    • Kihara
      December 11, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Thank you Grant for that useful information on installing spyware without actual possession of the phone. Maybe I should have been more specific by stating 'most spyware'. I was making reference to the numerous spyware apps being hawked all over the Internet. You need actual possession of the phone to install most of these apps.
      As for Cydia, the point is, if the icon suddenly appears on the phone, you should be worried and check your phone for spyware.

    • Grant R
      December 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks for the clarification, Kihara. Merry Christmas!

  43. Manuth C
    December 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

    How about spying a Windows Phone?

    • Kihara
      December 11, 2013 at 4:59 am

      Hi Manuth, most of the spying apps available for Android are also available for Windows and iOS devices. Most spyware vendors have different versions for different systems.

  44. Prateek
    December 10, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Proxy browsing Sites like can be used for secure browsing.

    • Sheila
      January 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I couldn't access via my J2ME/Java browser on my cell. Sure it's spelled correctly? Thanx!

    • Prateek A
      January 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Sheila you can check the site its accessible.

  45. dragonmouth
    December 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    "How to Protect Yourself From Unethical Or Illegal Spying"
    Is spying EVER ethical or legal??????

    "If you suspect your office computer is being monitored, avoid visiting any sites that you wouldn’t want your boss to know about."
    Always assume that it IS being monitored.

    The company-issued equipment (computer, phone, laptop, etc.) belongs to the employer who has the legal right to install any and all tracking and/or logging software. The same software installed on equipment owned by the employee but used for work, is illegal.

    • Joseph Webster
      December 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Actually on a BYOD device, tracking/logging software is usually not illegal. It depends of what you agreed to when you were allowed access to the company network resources. Installing surreptitiously or "hacking" your personal device might be illegal, but you would probably have a hard time pursuing legal action unless actual physical damage or loss occurred as a result. Bottom line is as you stated: Always assume that it IS being monitored. That includes EVERY device that touches the corporate private network - regardless of who "owns" it.