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How Do I Block Mobile Spyware?

Installing anti-spyware software and turning off Bluetooth can help prevent spyware problems on mobile devices.
You should open and read messages that come from only sources that you know or trust.
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  • Last Modified Date: 23 August 2014
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Mobile spyware has become a problem for many users of mobile phones. If you have had a cell phone infected with spyware, you probably want to know what you can do to help prevent future attacks. Installing good anti-spyware software, turning off Bluetooth® capabilities, opening attachments only from trusted sources and visiting only safe websites are a few things that can help reduce spyware threats.

One of the easiest ways to block mobile spyware is to make sure that you buy a phone that has anti-spyware software installed on it. This type of software functions similarly to the anti-virus and anti-spyware software that is commonly found on computers. Getting a phone that can protect itself can save you quite a headache.

If you already have a phone, but it is unprotected from mobile spyware, you can look into downloading an anti-spyware program from a third party. This type of program can be downloaded directly onto your phone, so you won't have to go through the trouble of downloading it onto a separate device and installing it on your phone afterward. Make sure that you download anti-spyware software only from legitimate websites. Many spyware threats disguise themselves as being solutions to malware.

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Try to turn off your phone's Bluetooth® capabilities when not in use. This makes it difficult for random cell phone users to contact you and send you spyware. Spyware is commonly sent through Bluetooth® using picture and text messages.

You should open and read messages that come from only sources that you know or trust. Text message attachments often carry mobile spyware. You might have the option to block spam numbers on your phone, but most consumers will have to call their cell phone carrier's customer service department to block numbers from further correspondence. Reporting spam can alert your cell phone company of a threat that could be targeting other customers as well.

If you're like many cell phone users, you might like using ringtones, wallpapers and other digital accessories to customize your phone. If you choose to do this, be sure to download these things only from reputable websites. Unscrupulous sellers can infect your download with mobile spyware before they send it to your phone.

Lastly, you should always exercise caution when using the Internet on your phone. Cell phones are just as susceptible to malware attacks as computers are. Visit only safe websites. If you can't verify whether a website is malware-free, you should at least have an anti-spyware software tool on your phone to reduce the risk of infection.

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anon328645
Post 5

Has anyone heard/been a victim of Spy Phone? I think I am. I had a second "Setting" (not settings) button on my phone for a while, was losing battery life like crazy, and my ex went crazy. How I can prove the Spy Phone and fake Setting tab were spyware?

anon301191
Post 4

Can someone hack into your phone to hear your conversations or see your texts from other people?

dautsun
Post 3

@Pharoah - It's usually a good idea to download updated software anyway, but I never thought of the fact that those updates probably update the anti-virus protection too. I'm definitely going to make sure my phone stays up to date now!

Also, I hardly ever use my Bluetooth, which I guess is a good thing. I never thought that could make a cell phone vulnerable to spyware or a cell phone tracker program, but I guess it can.

Pharoah
Post 2

@indemnifyme - I never thought about mobile spyware on a cell phone either. That is, until I had to deal with spyware removal.

A few months ago my phone really slowed down, so I took it to the phone company store to find out what was going on. They ran a bunch of diagnostics on my phone and found that I had spyware and a couple of other viruses too!

Apparently, my phone had built in anti-virus and anti-spyware software. However, I had failed to download the last few software updates, so I had an outdated version and that's how the spyware got through.

So, the moral of the story is: download those updates!

indemnifyme
Post 1

I never thought about mobile phone spyware before, but I guess it's just as likely you could get spyware on your phone as on your computer. After all, I know I do a lot of the same stuff on my phone as I do on my computer: surf the Internet, send emails, and watch videos.

So it stands to reason you could get spyware or another type of computer virus on your phone. Luckily, it sounds like preventing spyware on a phone is almost the same as preventing spyware on a computer. Be careful about what you download, and install some anti-virus software. Sounds easy enough to me!

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