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 software or the Mobistealth program.

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?

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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.security against spy apps

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44 thoughts on “Cell Phone Security – How to Secure your Phone and Stop Spy Software Apps”

  1. I have an android alcatel, I did a factory reset, will this wipe away any spy ware that was installed, if so what should I do next

    • Yes a factory reset is a very reliable way to remove the spy app. Keep your phone password protected and never let anyone have access.

  2. I have an android. Is than an app for scanning my phone for a spying app? I have a built in virus scan, but assume that’s not the same thing.

    • There is nothing that works reliably (though some make claims). Anti virus does not flag up modern spy apps with any reliability.

  3. Mike,
    I noticed these sites that claim to be able to monitor your cell phone text messages and your location all by simply typing in your cell number. Are these legit? If so how do you protect against ? I keep tight control on my phone so no app was physically loaded on it but I suspect my messages are being monitored. Thank you

  4. Thanks for all of your info. I’ve known spying has been going on with my phone for quite a while but didn’t know what to do. Thanks to you, it’s being wiped right now. I really appreciate it.

  5. I have a galaxy nOTE 3. A factory reset and password change should be sufficient to wipe clear any past information that could be subjected to spying. On previous information?

    • Yes – that is correct. Remember the factory reset will remove everything from the phone – including your contacts, photos, apps etc. You can back up what you need and then restore it after the reset.

    • You can still buy phones with no internet capability – they can’t be monitored. There are also some new “black” smartphones – supposed to be very secure – but any I looked at were very expensive.

    • It can by using iCloud backup monitoring (no software is actually used on the target device – and they need your ID and password) read my mSpy Review for the details on how it works. To stop that method working you need to stop using iCloud backups or change to a new account.

        • Yes – and as long as they don’t turn on iCloud backups. But this only relates to the no jailbreak versions – actual spy software can be used if physically installed on the target device.

  6. Hello Mike,

    I know for a fact that a PI is tracking me. He’s also tracking another person who told me they saw a copy of my text message log, phone call log, anything that was sent using Messenger and IG. This isn’t legal, is it? From the research I’ve done this has to be done remotely which is illegal. Can you give me some advice please? Thanks

    • If a PI is tracking you without your consent using spy software – it is definitely illegal. But it will be difficult to prove I’m afraid. You should get legal advice and then remove the software from your device. Good luck.

  7. Hi Mike, I noticed a cydia app and phone monitor app on my iPhone 6, though it is hidden but does that apps means am been monitored.

  8. Grateful that you have posted all this info. As someone said in a previous post, this cost thousands to prove harassment and stalking, and at least with the help you have posted here, I have cleaned up my phone. And gained a little piece of mind. I can not believe how many people besides myself have had this happen to them.

    • Ehh … No. I just assume they are! – only slightly joking, but I think it is safe to say that they can if they want to at any time and you would have no way of knowing.

  9. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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.

    • 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.

  11. 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?

    • 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.

  12. 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?

    • 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.

      • What if you just change and use a different apple id associated with the phone after its only been accessed by mspy using a prior apple id?

        • Yes – a new Apple acount and ID and password would secure the device again. Alternatively you could use a different backup system.

  13. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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