help catching stalker?

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  1. StalkedByTurnbull

    StalkedByTurnbull New Member

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    I have an ex who has broken into at least four of my computer accounts against a protection order. Until the police figure out how computers work relocated out of state to get away from the stalker. Now I find out he is using my GPS to track, which should not surprise me given everything he has hacked.

    I keep my GPS off for the most part to avoid his stalking, but having moved to a new town does mean that I sometimes need the help to get around. Is there any reverse monitoring app (or something else) so I can show these tech-unsaavy police that he is tracking me? I just know from solid word of mouth and him showing up various related places at the moment. I cannot stop him without tech help to show what he is doing. The FBI can only track after I show he is tracking....not helpful.
     
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    I would think that sometime or another he has gotten a hold of your phone /computer. I would do a factory reset> I would think that would get rid of any tracking programs that he may have attached if he has got ahold of it.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    If he is tracking you via GPS, he is most likely using a program he installed on your device to track your moves, and report back to him. As was mentioned above, have your phone checked for a program like that, and show that to the police. Depending on where you live, the local cops should have a forensic computer specialist, or access to one, who should be able to help you figure out what is on your phone, and who is doing what. Is he showing up at places he knows you frequent, figuring he will see you there, or is he showing up everywhere you go? There is a difference, because if he is showing up where ever you are, even if it is a place he wouldn't normally know about, then that would lend credence to some sort of tracking program installed on your phone. I would let someone who knows about this stuff look for the program, and then show the police that it exists, and explain how it works. (Trust me, some cops just don't have time for long winded technical explanations)

    One thing you can do is have your computers checked as well, for any programs that might load on to your phone, if you sync your phone with your computer. One more thing... as far as I know, the only way the tracking programs can be installed, is if the person who wishes to track you physically puts it on your phone....

    Get someone to prove the program's existence, and then have it removed. If he stops showing up where you are, then it's a pretty good indicator he's been tracking you...

    I feel for ya, being stalked is scary... I went through it about 15 years ago, and it wasn't fun.
     
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    I'll make it 4 cents and +1 this idea.
     
  5. StalkedByTurnbull

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    Definitely reset, but any port monitoring?

    These sound like very good ideas, of course, to wipe out any installed software. I am concerned by all the things I see online that he could still track me by GPS without installing any software. Does anyone know if there is a way to see if someone is tracking (is it like pinging?) your GPS? Since this is possible, wiping the device would not necessarily eliminate his ability to track me.

    I am not normally so paranoid, but this guy has been caught posting bomb manuals in the past, among other very scary actions. I wish there was anything the police would do, but it looks like I am on my own. I know this is not unique to the Droid, but thought this forum might be the best in case there were any special considerations regarding how the droid uses GPS.

    Thanks for your ideas so far. I definitely will need to reset the phone again.
     
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    Is he paying for your phone service,? Family locator perhaps?
     
  7. StalkedByTurnbull

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    He has never paid for any of it so would have no legal access.
     
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    How about getting a new pc and phone?

    If you went to the lengths of moving out of state, you should try getting rid of your PC and phone.

    Also, there are devices that can be installed in cars and other machines which can be used for GPS tracking. I think Hulk Hogan was busted using one on his daughter's car once.
     
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    The other option is you could take the restraining orders to the cell phone company and tell them your problem and see if they can issue you another number for the phone after the factory reset. Not sure if any such program exists, or whether it would use the SIM card or what, but a new number and factory wipe should fix the problem.

    Also, make sure they add a password to your phone account. My wife's ex was getting info on her from her cell phone account. He'd try to log in, but he knew the password reminder answer and he kept getting in that way. We put a password on it that I picked and that solved the problem. Any and all changes or lost password requests trigger a request for that password. The Verizon website DOES have the locator function on it - they just have to set it up once they get in. And while this sounds stupid, I must add: use something off the wall they wouldn't know the answer to. Nothing you've posted on Facebook at some time, nothing you two shared, etc.

    But since he has gotten into numerous accounts, change EVERYTHING on your accounts. 99% of the time I bet he is getting in by using the "I forgot my password" function. Change it to some off the wall combo - like Q: What is your first pet's name? A: 1971 El Camino And change the email account used on them. If he doesn't know either answer, he can't get into the account. And most importantly, use a complex password. Something with caps, lowercase, number and special characters. It's not as hard as you might think. Something like "PorschE911!!" or in your case some good ones would be "GLock27!!" or "!ruger45ACP!" :)
     
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    Those are all great answers, and they work too... but remember this: When you change the passwords, don't let friends or family know what they are, keep it to yourself, and limit what you tell him in conversation, (that is, if you still talk to him) Don't brag about how you are going to thwart him, prevent him from doing whatever it is he is doing. Keep your cards close to the vest, and reveal nothing. I found, when I got divorced about 20 years ago, that in dealing with the ex, it was best to not threaten, or brag, or be defiant... it was best to keep quiet, and just do, instead of threatening... you know, "speak softly and carry a big stick" .
     
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    Im not gonna add anything cause i think everyone has pretty much said it all. So i just wanna say that i hope things get better for you and stay safe. My sister has dealt with crazy guys like this and is married to one right now and the police don't do much to stop it. So just be careful out there.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
     
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    make sure hes not added on your latitude or something
     
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    look to see if you have a program called Wheres my droid. If so change the gps attention word to something only you know. end of him tracking you. the end.
     
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    If I missed this, sorry......Number 1, first thing - set up new email accounts and close or suspend any old ones. Do this before changing passwords, logins, etc. If he has has access to your PCs, I would have to assume he hacked your email. Just think where all the password change confirmation emails would go.......Also, consider changing not only your phone numbers but phones as well. As said before, you might want to change both PC and phone.
     
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    I would first change the password on your Verizon Wireless account to one he couldn't possibly figure out. But, do this from a friend's computer, JUST in case he has some sort of key logger on your computers. Do the same with ANY email he MIGHT have access to. Have somebody in-the-know check your computers for tracking/keylogging malware. Then I would talk to Verizon Wireless and make sure they know that NOBODY can talk to them about your account except for you, and find out any additional ways they have to secure that. Then I would uninstall every app possible on your phone, and give it some time to sync up that change with Google. Do this so that if he's using something that is synced with the Market, it won't automatically download after you do a factory/data reset/wipe. Then do the factory reset. If it's something on your phone, that should take care of it, unless he knows how to root the phone and has put something in the /system folder that can't be seen somehow.
     
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