Cell Phone Security – How to Secure your Phone and Stop Spy Software Apps

There are a few simple steps you can take to increase your cell phone security and stop anyone installing spy software on your mobile phone. This is part of my series of articles aimed at keeping your phone safe from cell phone spy and monitoring software, you might want to check out: How to Check for Spy Software and How to Remove Spy Software from Your Cell Phone. The focus of this article is Prevention.

Who Needs to Secure their Cell Phone?

The most common group, who want to find out how to secure their cell phone are people who have suffered some sort of security breach on their phone. People who have previously had their phone hacked or been the victim of spy software programs such as FlexiSpy, MobileSpy , mSpy or Mobistealth.

Most of us are pretty lax about securing our cell phones even though we use them for so many personal and confidential things. That is until something goes wrong. You may think you have nothing to hide or that no one would be interested in spying you but just think for a moment about how much information passes through your phone.

Think about bank account information, personal videos or photos, business information or your private web browsing history. How would you feel about a stranger having access to all this and more? They can and they do, very easily with cell phone spy software programs readily available on the Internet. So, what can you do to protect yourself?

Easy Steps to Protect Your Cell Phone

The first is the most obvious; never let anyone else have your phone. Someone with a little experience can install a spy app in less than 5 minutes. Don’t forget, that someone will most likely be a person that you know and trust!

Password Protect Your Phone and Lock It

This is by far the easiest and most effective way of keeping your cell phone safe from spy software. It is incredible how many people do not make use of even the basic password feature on their phone. How many of us still use # or * plus any key to unlock the phone? Just using a simple locking password that only you know can secure your phone totally. So simple but this is your best defense. Allsecure cell phone lock phones have this capability but you can take it a step further with some password management and phone locking apps.

Lock Your Phone with Apps

Make sure you have your phone set to lock automatically – avoid the chance of someone finding it unlocked and open. There are some great apps available for Android and iPhone to enable one click locking and automatic locking – if you want a little more than the original cell phone settings. Check out:
Screen Off and Lock and Lock Screen Widget – two free apps worth looking at to secure and totally lock your phone.

For better password management you might want to consider installing an app like Mind Wallet (free) or mSecure Password Manager (paid app). There are loads to check out some offering a high degree of security with encryption and secure password generation. When choosing an app try to find ones with a high number of downloads and good user ratings. Have a search in the Google Play Store and in the Apple Store for phone security apps.

My Favorite Security Step

A simple app like AppNotifier available from Google Play can be a great, added level of security. This app will email you a notification if any new software or apps are downloaded on your Smartphone. The app is available for free but to avoid any annoying adverts the paid version is only about $1.

How to Secure an iPhone Against Spying Software

Most of the above measures will help you to make an iPhone more secure and there are various apps available to help. With the iPhone the one big weakness of spy apps is that they can only be installed on a Jailbroken phone. If you make sure your iPhone is not Jailbroken it will be free of spy phone monitoring software. Also remember that by simply updating the OS, any Jailbreak will be removed – along with any spy software. If you think you are at risk – update your iPhone Operating System regularly.

Most of these security steps can be taken for free or very little cost. There are many paid cell phone security apps out there but I think that for most people these will do the job well and provide good cell phone security against spy stop spy softwaresoftware.

For most people, just making sure you have a secret password and setting your phone to lock automatically will be enough to stop someone installing spy software on your mobile phone. Using apps for encrypting voice or sms text messages can add another level of security but it will not stop someone installing the spy phone software in the first place. Remember that in most cases you will be targeted by an amateur, someone you know, and often the simple security measures will stop them.

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18 Responses to Cell Phone Security – How to Secure your Phone and Stop Spy Software Apps

  1. pollie November 7, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    How to secure an iPhone on someone spying my whatsapp and all calls

    • Michael Keenan November 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      The easiest way with an iPhone is to check for a Jailbreak. For monitoring to work it must be jailbroken and removing this will remove the software. Hope this helps.

  2. JOHN MAOTO November 7, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    i want to block a stolen mobile phone

    • Michael Keenan November 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      If you had one of the main spy software programs already installed, you can block and/or lock and even delete everything on the phone from your online dashboard. These are great security features – more people are using the software in this way! If not – I’m afraid your only option is to contact your service provider and ask them to block it – at least that will stop any unauthorized use – but the information on your phone will be available to anyone. Good luck.

  3. naive steve January 12, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    I’ve updated my OS on my IPhone after suspecting spying activity by a partner. I’ve never locked my phone with a passcode. I remedied that as well. My partner ‘owns’ my cell phone. It’s part of a main Verizon account. I’ve pass code protected everything that I can think of. Do I need the AppNotifier? As long as I maintain a private, secure phone, can my partner still spy on my phone?

    • Michael Keenan January 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      Sounds like a good start – if it is an Apple device be aware that it can be monitored through iCloud backup if the other person has the Apple id for the device. Only works on iPhones etc. Appnotifier will not always flag up certain spy apps. A good password management app will go a long way to keeping anyone out. Good luck.

  4. Bethany January 30, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    If there’s spyware on my phone and they’re tracking it by using iCloud, will changing my password be enough to block it? Does just updating my iOS really work?

    • Michael Keenan February 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Update or do a factory reset then change your password and login and that should stop them. You could also just stop using iCloud backup – to be safe.

  5. Mary March 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    If I think someone is using spyware and monitoring my iPhone, will blocking their telephone number through my service provider prevent them from continued spying?

    • Michael Keenan April 13, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      No definitely not! If you have spy software on your phone, just blocking any number will not stop it – it must be removed. Check my article about how to remove monitoring software.

  6. Jeannette April 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    someone is rejecting my calls and hearing my voice mails also watching my text messages what can i do to stop it?

    • Michael Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Read my article on how to remove spy software! Good luck.

  7. Jo May 25, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Hi Michael, I’m just wondering if my phone can be tracked and content accessed etc without my phone ever being accessed? I’m using an android device.
    Thank you.

    • Michael Keenan June 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      This type of software needs to be physically installed on your phone – they need it in their hands for 5 minutes. Without any access your phone will be safe. Thanks for the question.

  8. Adelina June 16, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    if my phone was spied , can they access my message box and whatsapp meassages. please help.

    • Michael Keenan July 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

      Yes spy software can give access to almost everything on your phone – including Whatsapp and other chat/message services. Have a look around this site to find out what the different programs can monitor. Take care and thanks for your comment.

  9. Christine July 1, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    My ex “rooted” all my devices, has full control over them, and now they won’t even charge. This included an iPhone, iPad, and a Kindle Fire. He also put some kind of software on my PC so he could connect to it, and do/see whatever he wanted. All without my knowledge. Proving that he did it will cost me thousands of dollars I do not have, but cyber stalking is highly illegal. I don’t want him to get away with this, but I feel helpless. Any suggestions?

    • Michael Keenan July 4, 2015 at 11:34 am #

      Sorry to hear your troubles. Proving anything like this is difficult and you would need to employ an expert to find what has been used on the phone/PC. You could make a complaint to local law enforcement – they may not be able to do much without evidence but at least it would be on record for any future problems. Other than that, I would factory reset each device and see if you can get them working again – then be sure to protect them going forward. Good luck and thanks for your comment.

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