5 Ways to Tell Your Mobile Phone Is Being Tapped

The security of mobile devices is to be taken seriously. With the recent worries of cell phones being tapped, we've been hard at work developing TrustChip to keep your cellphones safe. Below are five indicators that your phone is being tapped:

1. Strange Activity

The easiest way to detect if your phone is being tapped is to pay attention to any odd activity that your phone may suddenly start experiencing. If it lights up, shuts down, turns on, or downloads applications by itself, it’s possible that your device is being controlled. This may also be due to interference during data transmission, so be able to differentiate. It’s difficult to maintain the security of mobile devices if you can hardly control your phone.

2. Background Noise

It is very common for a tapped phone to experience background noise while you are on a call. Static and clicking are frequent sounds, but may also be due to a faulty connection. However, if you hear an oscillating static from your phone while it’s not in use, chances are the security of your mobile device is at risk. If in question, hang up and redial.

3. Battery Temperature

Although not a sure-fire sign, a hot battery may be an indicator that someone is using your phone remotely. If you are already having suspicions, quit using your mobile device for a while and examine it later on in the day. If it feels hot, this could mean your phone has been tapped.

4. Phone Not Charging

If you have been using your phone as you normally do, but the device will not charge properly, it may be due to conversations continuously being recorded. It is recommended to make sure that there is not a separate issue with your phone’s battery or the charger.  You don’t want to misconstrue information and worry over nothing. However, the security of mobile devices cannot be determined primarily on the phone not charging.

5. Unexplained Billing and Text Messages

Another hint that your phone may be tapped is if you have received text messages from unfamiliar numbers containing unidentifiable symbols or if there is a dispute in the phone bill concerning unexplained usage.

Pay attention to these hints if you are unsure of your cell phone security. If you are experiencing a multitude of these indicators, it is possible that your phone has been tapped. It is recommended to take the battery out and use another phone until you can get it repaired.

Find out more information about KoolSpan cell phone security products by calling 240-880-4400 or contact us via email.

KoolSpan, Inc. is a leader in mobile security.  We provide secure connectivity solutions for network devices.

About Glenn Schoonover

Glenn Schoonover, CISSP, Senior Security Engineer at KoolSpan. With over 15 years of cyber-security expertise he has the distinction of being the first Chief of Network Security at the Pentagon establishing a 24/7 Computer Emergency Operations Center and coordinating activities across all of the DoD. Previously he was an Executive Director with Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector and a senior technical architect at Microsoft supporting Federal customers. Glenn is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and is a combat veteran of Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other commendations. Find me on Google+

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