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iPhone users, check out your family, friends and roommates
You don’t need to be a tech expert to intercept Apple iMessage texts. There are a few ways to get a sneak peek.
First, there is message forwarding. As the name suggests, this feature automatically forwards messages to another device. Problem: Can other people do the same thing.
Here’s how to check if it’s enabled:
- go Settings > Messages > SMS Forwarding.
- If you don’t see SMS forwarding, go to Settings > Information. close iMessage informationand then reopen it.
- tap Send & Receive > Use your Apple ID for iMessage.
- See any unfamiliar equipment? turn them off.
When you do, use the code to see if your calls and texts are being forwarded.
- Open Telephone application and click keyboard.
- dial *#twenty one# and click green call button.
NOTE: This does not work on every carrier and every model, so results may vary.
You’ll see a screen with details about your calls, text messages, and even fax activity. If they are listed as disabled, no problem.tap fired When you are done viewing data to return to the regular screen.
Want to know more? Here are detailed instructions on how to check your call forwarding settings.
If you notice any issues with your phone’s settings, someone may have hacked into your phone, your iCloud account, or both. Change your password and PIN now.
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This makes sense, of course, but there’s nothing stopping someone with malicious intentions from using this software to spy on you.
One popular app, mSpy, can monitor text messages, phone calls, and social media interactions. If you have the proper iCloud credentials, you can remotely install the app on your iPhone. For Android phones, someone needs physical access to install it.
When you’re done, your messages and more are in another person’s hands.
mSpy is certainly not the only app of its kind. Other apps to watch out for include SpyBubble, XNSPY, Cocospy, Spyera, EyeZy, uMobix, and Hoverwatch. This is not an exhaustive list, but in most cases the clue is in the name itself.
Also, apps like Dr. Fone allow others to access your past messages through iCloud and Android backups.
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Check your application first. Are there any unfamiliar ones that you don’t remember installing? get rid of them. This is a good habit to do on a regular basis.
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Delete apps on iPhone.
- touch and hold app icon on your iPhone.
- tap Delete App > Delete App then click delete.
Delete the application on the Android phone.
- Open google store application.
- In the upper right corner, tap the profile icon.
- tap Manage Apps and Devices > Manage.
- Tap the name of the app you want to remove.
- tap uninstall.
Here are some signs that tell if your phone is infected with spyware, malware, or a virus. Watch out for odd events like your phone shutting itself off or constantly disconnecting during a call.
Here are some more spyware signs to watch out for:
- Spyware can consume a lot of resources, causing your phone to heat up and drain your battery faster than expected.
- Spyware is constantly sending data from your phone to another device, causing a huge increase in data usage.
- It can slow down your connection by redirecting or forwarding your messages elsewhere.
What if you find one of these apps or another that looks suspicious? Change your PIN and password now. Next, back up and factory reset your phone. Find the steps for both processes here.
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