You may be wondering if someone is spying on your through your cell phone? In this article, we will tell you if it is possible, what you can do to check it out, and how to stop them!
It is possible that someone is spying you through your cell phone camera.
As you will see below, it is really possible that someone is spying on you through your cell phone camera, only you have to ask yourself, ‘why would anyone do it?’ If you have a good answer to that question, then definitely check out our article, and find out the ways to check if your fears are real and how to stop them.
Can someone see you through your phone camera?
As we said above, it’s absolutely possible to watch a person through the camera on a cell phone.
If someone has had access to your phone for even five to 10 minutes, they could have downloaded some kind of spyware. This spyware could be used to access any of the features on your cell phone.
It could be the camera, the GPS, your text messages, your contact list, etc. Not only that, but there are some things that can be accessed remotely which cannot be accessed with the phone actually in your hand. For example, your deleted text messages are accessible remotely but you cannot access them with your cell phone actually in hand.
This spyware is purposely made to be hidden. This type of spyware requires access to the phone and is actually “touching” the phone to spy on you. It could be a spouse, children, a parent, a boss, etc.
Who can spy on me through my cell phone camera?
There are all kinds of people that can spy on you through your cell phone camera. Also, there are different ways to do it. As you will see in this article, you can be spied from members of your family to co-workers, hackers, the FBI, and others.
Even thou we will tell you about their possibilities and how they can spy on you, we want to direct your attention to some other, ‘legal spies’ that are spying on you every day.
You have probably heard about those ‘legal spies’, there are called Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all their services, like Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber, and so on. But, different from other hackers and spies, these guys mostly spy on your wishes, questions, needs, and so on, so they could offer you the best advertisement possible.
Maybe you have noticed, sometimes you speak with someone near your phone about something you haven’t googled, or searched on social networks, but the same day you start getting those advertisements. If you have, then you know you are being spied. The only thing, currently you can’t do more or less nothing about it, except don’t let them show you those types of ads, but they can still spy on you.
But, it has to be said that these big firms are not here to read your messages, emails, and so on, to see if you are cheating your wife, hustle your co-worker, or something similar, their goal is just to target you with best ads possible and in that way earn them selfs money.
Patent applications from Amazon and Google revealed how their Alexa and Voice Assistant-powered smart speakers are ‘spying’ on you. In this revelation it was talked about Amazon’s Echo it’s ‘Alexa’ and for Google Home, it’s ‘OK, Google.’ But be assured, they are also following you through your laptop, cell phone, and other microphones, and maybe even cameras.
Can hackers remotely access your phone camera?
Here we are talking about if some hackers can remotely access your cell phone camera without ever getting in possession of your smartphone. In 2019, security firm Checkmarx discovered a big security flaw inside some Android devices, that could enable hackers to spy on you without your knowledge.
This flaw enabled attackers to take control of your cell phone camera and take photos or record videos through the illegal application without your permission. Samsung and Google cell phones had more risks, and researchers said that it could impact “hundreds of millions” users. But Checkmarx also informed other phone makers, because they, too, could be vulnerable to the same security bug.
Researchers from Checkmarx discovered hackers could gain access to stored videos or photos and operate the camera even when the app is closed. They also found that the cell phone’s proximity sensor could be used to alert the attacker when the phone was held close to the user’s face.
After Checkmarx alerted Google and Samsung about these bugs both companies confirmed it.
Both Google and Samsung released a patch for this flaw and thanked Checkmarx for alerting them to it. Even though this security flaw was removed, there is no telling if there are other ways hackers can access your cell phone camera, as well as will there be new ones.
How do I know if my phone camera is hacked?
Unfortunately, it is not so easy to know, or almost impossible.
If you have iPhone, then they have bigger security when installing apps, and it is not so easy to install tracking apps without your knowledge, even though it is possible, but someone has to physically take your cell phone and install it there.
The same goes for Android phones, but on Android phones, it is much easier to install those kinds of apps. For this research, I tried installing one app on my mobile phone, and it took me like 2 minutes to do it, even though I had no idea about it before.
How do you know if your phone and the camera are hacked? Well, if this is the case, that you believe someone installed some malware on your phone, you can check inside Google, or Apple app store, and check if there are installed some apps that shouldn’t be there. But, unfortunately, even that can be hidden by that software.
If you think someone remotely hacked your phone, then there is not much you can do except reset your mobile on factory settings, thou, maybe even that won’t help until manufacturers solve the bug – as on the example, we gave above.
Regardless if it’s through a downloaded spyware program or some more intelligent means, the battery on your phone is powering your camera. Maybe you noticed your phone is getting hot when you are not doing anything with it. Your battery can’t last for long. You might hear your phone making an unusual sound or see a light flicker when it’s not even being touched.
All these are reasonable signs that there is something you’re not aware of running in the background. If the camera is hacked, it can be used to look through in real-time, or more commonly, it will be set to take a picture in set intervals. This will save the battery. It may be set to take a picture every 1 second, every 3 seconds, every 60 seconds, or any other interval.
Is the FBI watching me through my phone camera?
Well, if this is what you think is happening, you should really ask yourself what are you doing in your life! I mean, why on earth would FBI spend its resources and time on some ordinary person with, I don’t know, sending nude pictures to its lovers?!
But, if you still think that the FBI could be watching you through your cell phone camera, then my advice to you would be to change your life drastically, as well as phone (even though that second part won’t really solve your problems for long).
If you are thinking that someone is spying on you, you should first ask yourself ‘do they have a reason?’
If you still think that someone is, like your boyfriend, your parents, co-workers, boss, and so on, then there are some ‘simple’ ways you can check, like going into your phones app store and see if under installed apps you have some apps you don’t know about. If there are none, and you still think someone is spying on you, then doing a factory reset will help, but don’t let anyone near your phone after it.
If you are suspecting that the FBI, or some other government organization is spying on you, then there is really not much you can do then change your life.
There are also big firms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and so on, that are legally spying on you, but mostly not through your cell phone camera, but a microphone. They are doing it for commercial purposes, again not much you can do, except disabling those targeted ads they are serving.
There will always be someone watching, but that is one of the costs of advanced technology we all like so much.