How to Tell if a Cell Phone Is Being Monitored
Written by Abaigeal Quinn
With all of the latest hullabaloo about cell phones being used as bugging devices, you may be feeling a bit creeped out at the prospect of being monitored without your knowing it.
Although some cell phones can be remotely programmed, most modern cell phones would require physical access to your phone to tamper with it. Luckily, when cell phones are transmitting, certain tell-tale signs can be a dead giveaway that your phone is being monitored.
1. Determine if you have an unusually low call volume or if you are having sporadic troubles dialing out on your phone. Most phones, when operating as a bugging device, disrupt the transmission path by utilizing it in order to spy. Some newer “3G” phones bypass this problem by running super high-speed data, which can enable additional voice channels along with the primary call line.
2. Pay attention to your battery power and usage—does it seem to be running low more quickly than usual? This may indicate the phone is in use while you are unaware of it.
3. Check to see if the phone is warm even when you have not been using it. Cell phones heat up when in use, but should not be warm under normal resting conditions.
4. Test your GSM phone (most phones are GSM in the United States, including T-Mobile and Cingular) by positioning it next to speakers when you are not using it. A short-lived buzzing noise often occurs when phones are near speakers and sometimes even when they are not in use; however, a continuous buzzing noise that lasts longer than several seconds is abnormal.
5. Notice if your phone stays lit up after you have powered it down or if you have difficulty turning it off—this could indicate a bugging device. Other signs may be the phone periodically lighting up when not in use or odd clicking sounds or other unusual noises while the phone is in use.
How to Stop Cell Phone Tracing
Because of GPS applications and other technologies, many cell phones can be traced. And what’s worse is that you may be totally unaware that your every step can be monitored through your cell phone. Your phone sends out your location to a cell phone tower nearby. This tower then logs your location. This does not mean that your phone is being traced, but if you want to keep your comings and goings private, you can buy a cell phone jammer to block the signal.
Stopping Cell Phone Tracing
1. Buy a cell phone jammer. This device will prevent your phone from sending or receiving signals. The average jammer will block any cell phone in a 30-foot radius from sending or receiving calls. You can find links to buy jammers in the “Resources” section below.
2. Turn the cell phone jammer on when your phone is on and you want to jam the signal. You’ll be able to turn it on with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. The jammer itself will probably be about the size of a cell phone and should be kept in close proximity to the cell phone in order for it to work well.
3. Deactivate your cell phone jammer when you don’t need to use it by flipping the switch to “Off.” Leaving it on could cause the jammer to interfere with other radio signals in the area, including any nearby cell phones.