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"Forget about PC spyware, they're nothing compared with mobile phone spyware that enables call- and text-monitoring. But worst of all, mobile phone spyware allows anyone to tap into the phone remotely and activate its microphone, even when it is turned OFF.
So It doesn't matter if you have an iPhone, Blackberry or any Android phones. These spyware programs are not expensive (often free), or difficult to purchase or install. Your smartphone can also tell your location. We all need our mobile phones, so now there's no place to hide. There are several spy services out there for people who are desperate to monitor their children or employees. Companies such as Mobile Spy will help you monitor their call, mobile web browsing and text message activities. You can just log into your Mobile Spy account from any computer and see everything - including GPS locations too! Scary!
One popular spyware for mobile phones is Flexispy. It comes in four packages, with the high-end Flexispy Pro-X having features such as live-call listening, secret mobile GPS tracking, SMS message reading, phone call history, email, and the ability to secretly listen in on the phone's surroundings. The entry level product is Flexispy Bug which allows remote listening only. It turns your phone into a bug so someone else can listen to everything.
Are you safe? Probably not. A quick way to check if you phone is bugged, look for sudden drop in battery power, and then unusually billing activity with random numbers. If you for whatever reasons need to engage in a secret conversation, take the battery out of your smartphone.
As early as 1997, the National Reconnaissance Organization warned that any mobile phone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone. This is basically done by transmitting to the mobile phone a maintenance command on the control channel. This command places the mobile telephone in 'diagnostic mode'. When this is done, conversations in the immediate area of the telephone can be monitored over the voice channel. This diagnostic mode was originally designed for remote software update. Now with GPS, not only they can listen in, they can locate you within feet. So, when do they start making anti-spy software for cell phones?
Don't expect these privacy risks to go away. The reality is all governments have no desire to fix this problem or to make these products illegal. The more they can find out about you the better protected they feel. It is like 1984"
But this would be in an extreme case like if you was involved in a major crime like a murder
I downloaded the mobilerecovery app but it said it was an unrecognized device. I have TEC coverage, so maybe it has something to do with having the leaked 2.2........
anyone have issues or no issues with 2.2?
All the stuff about getting GPS location and recording sound through the mic while the device is even off lol...
No. Just, no. Not possible. Spyware or whatever can be on your phone all you want but if its powered off that thing ain't doin jack !@#$!
Also in order to track your phone GPS wise you must have software already installed on it before it got lost/stolen. This doesn't help OP at all sadly. Best of luck to you mate
A lot of phones don't completely power off, they simply go into a sleep mode. That is how some of the software takes advantage of being able to listen to your conversations and such because they don't wake up the screen and such while active.
All of the news stories and articles point to removing the batter if you want to truly be safe from spying.
Sadly, I don't know anyone that would want to listen to my conversations.
I know IM downloading the right one but it keeps saying "Unrecognized Device... Please Try Again Later."
Yes it is totally possible if you had your phone in STANDBY for an app to maliciously run while in said state and record, upload and track your phone. However this is not the same as holding the lock button and hitting power off. If the phone is off there is no way for any software, good or bad, to run and collect data. It's 100% impossible. And that's a fact.
If what you were saying is true, then that would apply to PC's as well. If my computer was off someone could use my headphones mic to record sound? What a load of bull. Get real people. Don't buy into everything on 5 o clock news.
tis funny you say that just last night on ncis they did exactly what i am talking about.
you must be to young to know John Edgar Hoover and the stories behind that man.
also here is some educational reading for you
also ironic you bring computers into this convo do you got any idea what nt authority is and what purpose it serves?
now i am gonna back out because already this discussion is going towards politics