How to Protect Your Cell Phone Against Spy Software


In this article we take a look at some of the simple steps that can be taken to protect our mobile devices from spy software apps. There are chances that people become victims of unwanted usage of spying programs. The tips mentioned here are sure to protect your phone from any sources of attack and vulnerabilities and prevent your mobile from being hacked.

You should be familiarized with some of the spy programs such as mSpy software, MobiStealth , Flexispy monitoring, Xnspy etc. Have an idea about these programs.

Do you need to secure your device?

Today mobile phones are used not only for calling, but it has become a fundamental part of our day to day life. We spend most of our time on cell phones doing various jobs rather than just calling.

With the arrival of smartphones, a large amount of functions and options are available in it which one cannot deny, together comes many risks with them.

Most of the time, these risks occur due to lack of knowledge of the users. Let us look into detail some of the common mistakes which a smartphone user tends to make and ways to avoid such risks.

Lock Your Phone

This is one of the easiest things which can be done but many people fail to do so. It may be a bit irritating having to enter the password each time you use your phone, still it is worth doing it. It is not that lock screen passwords cannot be hacked but it will give enough time even for an expert hacker to crack the code.

However, a normal person won’t be able to do so and cant get access to your phone. The best screen lock method is to use a password or a PIN as screen lock patterns have been easily hacked in the past. You can also set your phone to automatically apply a screen lock after a short time period ( like one minute or even 30 seconds).

Think Before Rooting or Jailbreaking

When you plan to jailbreak or root your device, make sure that you are very much aware about what you are going to do. Jailbroken iPhones and rooted Android phones give users numerous options and possibilities but along with this comes more security risks.

The iPhone and Android devices which are neither jailbroken or rooted are much safer as there are various security protocols and protections available in it. These protocols and protections prohibit just how much access an individual has to important parts of the device’s OS.

Full featured Spy software programs works on Jailbroken Apple devices even though some programs can spy using the iCloud backup system.

For spy software works on Android devices if they are not rooted also, but there are some limitations to the spy features if the device is not Rooted.

Use An Antivirus/Security Software

Smartphone is similar to a small computer. So like computers smartphones are also vulnerable to different types of virus/malware attacks and risks. Even those who regularly update their computer’s antivirus security forget to do the same to their smartphone.

Almost 90% of the smartphones come without any antivirus software. The users do not even think about the risks that might occur to their devices and do not take the trouble to get a security software. There are several free antivirus options for Android and iOS like AVG free, Avast, Bitdefender etc.

An added advantage of putting an antivirus in your mobile phone is that you are protecting your computer also by not transmitting a virus via your USB connecting. Along with the antivirus software try to make use of antitheft software. GPS apps, such as Find My iPhone or Where’s My Droid, can help you track your phone in case if it is lost or stolen.

One major thing is that you cannot rely on antivirus programs to find spy programs. Antivirus and security apps are meant for what they are programmed to find.

Turn Off Your Bluetooth

There are situations where a hacker can access your mobile phones via your Bluetooth. They are known by the terms bluebugging, bluejacking, or bluesnarfing. When an attacker is at a distance of 25 – 30 feet of your device, they can access your data and private information in seconds.

When the Bluetooth is switched on it will affect the overall battery life, so it is always better to turn it off when you are not using it. Unless and until you really needed, turn on your device’s Bluetooth.

Bluetooth and Spy Software

There are some spy phone programs that claim you can remotely install spy software. They claim to work using Bluetooth pairing to install and monitor. Here, firstly the phone you want to spy must allow the pairing request – then monitoring can only happen within a 20 – 30 feet radius.

Think Before Using Public Wi-Fi Networks

When you use a public Wi-Fi network, it is very risky. This is because virtually any information that is directed over a public Wi-Fi network is freely visible to individuals who have access to the same network.

A hacker can remotely gain access to your device using the public wi-fi network. It is possible to safely use a public network to connect to devices by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

In situations where you have to use public wi-fi, at least make sure that you do not use your important passwords or sensitive tasks like accessing your bank account.

Install Your Updates

Software updates are regularly issued by the developers of apps and the manufacturers of smartphones. These software updates improve the overall functionality and overall security level of your device.

When the updates are delivered from a verified source, you must accept them as soon as possible. This applies for both phone OS updates and app updates as well.

Verify Your Apps

One of the common mistakes the cell phones and tablets users make is not verifying the apps. Only very few users take the time to verify the various apps that they download and later install. Verifying simply means checking reviews, the history of the app’s developer, and simple research.

Android users are a bit more open to these dangers as it is a bit easier to get an app verified on the Google Play Store. However, it is not that iPhone users are completely safe. Even verified apps can try to force malicious third-party applications onto you.

Don’t Just Click Any Links

People are more likely to click on risky links when they are on their smartphone than on their computers. This means that phones are much more vulnerable and inclined to phishing attacks. This is because users are less cautious about the security of their mobiles. It is difficult to identify illicit web addresses as the URL s are usually shortened for mobile usage.

Also, it is very difficult to identify suspicious login pages while using a smartphone. So when links are sent to you via an instant message or a SMS, think twice before opening them or avoid clicking them all together. For links sent via email wait until you log on from your computer.

Remember to Log Out!

When you are always logged on into sites like eBay, Amazon, PayPal, your personal bank account, or any other online shopping service it is very dangerous. Your phone should never be kept logged into any website which is directly connected to your finances.

In case when your device is stolen, you not only lose your phone but also giving the thief the chance to access your funds. In order to avoid this, uncheck any checkboxes that ask to remember your password, username or login information.

This is applicable to your web browser also. Do not give your browser permission to save your login information to sensitive websites. Also, regularly clear your browser’s history.

Don’t Keep Sensitive Data On Your Phone

It is always advised not to store your bank passwords, social security number, credit card PIN, or other sensitive data on your handheld device. In case your phone gets stolen then these saved details will get into the hands of the thieves.

There are basically two things which should be considered regarding device security. One is the device being stolen and the other is the threat of being hacked or being a victim of spy software. The consequences of either is however serious and some of the above-mentioned security precautions will protect your device from these threats.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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