Spying on someone's phone is a crime in most places, and trust is a basic pillar for any relationship. No, we are not going to tell you how to spy on your partner's phone, but we do want to help you incase you are being spied on. Your right to privacy is fundamental, so we will explain some basic tips. Remember that if someone has been spying on you without your consent, in most cases you can report it to the authorities.
Discover Popular Spy Apps
There are several applications created for people who can't control their jealousy and who want to spy on their partners. Some of the best known are iSpyoo, Couple Tracker, Find my Phone, and Hoverwatch
. To operate, these applications must be installed on the victim's phone, and they allow others to read messages, know their exact location, view their photos, review their call log, and access other personal information.
First of all, you should check if these applications, or others, are installed on your phone in order to erase them. If you have a iOS
device, open the App Store
, press Updates
(it's at the bottom right of the screen), and then select Purchased
. If you have an Android
, open the Google Play Store
, choose Apps
, and then select My apps
to see all the apps you have installed.
Some of these applications are installed in the system's root folder
, so they may not appear in the App Store or the Google Play Store. There are applications that allow you to explore these types of files. If you use Android, here you have a selection
of apps to perform that action; if you have an iPhone or other iOS device, you can click here
Better to Prevent Than to Cure
Prevention the best remedy against a disease, and this logic also applies to the security of your phone. If you take care of your device, the chances of your partner or anyone else spying on you will decrease. Ideally, never lose sight of your mobile; but if you have to leave it for some reason, it is better to disconnect it.
We also recommend disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
if you are not going to use them, as some sophisticated electronic spying methods use these networks. Another healthy habit to avoid espionage is to restore the phone from time to time. In this way, you will not only reduce the risk of being spied on, but you will also increase the efficiency your device.
Protect Sensitive Passwords
If your partner or another person wants to spy on your phone, they will most likely take advantage of you to access it and install hidden applications that will open the doors of your phone's apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, location, etc.). Using complex passwords and changing them from time to time is not a perfect remedy, but it helps to protect your phone.
Remember to alternate upper and lower case letters, symbols, letters, and numbers to make your passwords more complex. You can use free services such as RandomKeygen
to generate complex passwords</bold>. If your device uses numerical codes, change them frequently and always use long combinations and avoid those that can easily be associated with you, such as your date of birth. In case you use a pattern to unlock your phone, avoid those logical sequences that can be easily memorized with a simple glance and do not forget to clean your screen. The grease from your fingers leaves a trace and can be used to find out your unlock pattern. If, in addition, your mobile allows you to combine different unlocking methods (biometric readers, unlock pattern, password, etc.), which is even better.
You may use WhatsApp Web
because of its convenience. Do you think your partner or another person may be spying on your WhatsApp messages by using the web version? The solution is easy and fast: open WhatsApp
, go to Settings
, and select WhatsApp Web
. You can see which devices have been connecting to your account and decide which ones you keep and which ones you delete.
Protecting Sensitive Applications
In addition to the above tips, there are several applications that allow you to add an unlock pattern your apps, such as WhatsApp, Twitter, or any other you wish to protect. From here we recommend AppLock, one of the best known, available free for Android
. If you use iOS, the function of putting password to applications is incorporated as standard. You can configure this option by accessing Settings
. Select Usage Time
, choose Use Code
, and enter the key or pattern
you want to use.
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