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6 Signs Your Phone Has Stalkerware (And What To Do About It)

Stalkerware is designed to know where you physically are. In many cases, stalkers know exactly what you’re doing and when. Here’s how to thwart it.

Of all the “wares” out there, “stalkerware” is one of the most frightening.

There’s nothing fun about malware or ransomware, and these can leave you feeling foolish and abused. But stalkerware is specifically designed to know where you physically are located. In many cases, stalkers know exactly what you’re doing and when, too.

One popular app uses GPS to track a phone’s location, gives you a full log of all calls sent and received, and even shows you text messages and web activity. This information is available online after you create a free account.

Phones aren’t the only ways people can spy on your every move. In fact, hidden GPS trackers on your car can track every mile. Here’s how to spot them.

Thankfully, Google and Apple have been dropping the hammer on stalkerware. The fact that the companies have plausible deniability as “child safety” apps means that the problem is unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

Check your data usage from prior months. If you notice sudden spikes in your data, even though you haven’t really changed your usage patterns, there’s a possibility your phone is infected.

Similarly, adware-infected phones usually perform unsolicited clicks in the background to generate profit for cybercriminals. All of these stealthy tactics use up bandwidth, and the unauthorized data they consume should be relatively easy to spot.

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