How To Check if Your Videos Are Being Monitored

videos monitoringPerhaps the most personal and private information a person keeps on their smartphone is their video. Unlike emails and texts, and even pictures, one look through a video made at a birthday party, or one for someone’s graduation and a lot of personal details become revealed. The video is a glimpse into your world through your perspective and your eye. If you stop to consider it for a moment, the truly is you wouldn’t want anyone going through them, even if they offer no way to break into your emails, bank accounts and so on. But unfortunately with the ascent of cell phone monitoring apps and Android spyware terrorizing the majority of the smartphone population, the likelihood of your videos being accessed by unknown individuals has increased drastically.

More ingenious apps are hitting the markets and tool belts of hackers and malware professionals. But there isn’t any real need to despair yet. Instead of investing a lot of money in anti-spyware apps and utilities there are manual ways to check if your videos are being monitored. Here are a few simple steps:

1. Data Plan Usage: You can figure out whether an app is using stealth to track your videos simply by looking at your data plan usage. Set aside one day just for the video spy check (or at least a few hours). Make a video and then do not access Internet and hence carry out any other such activity. At the end of the day or after a significant amount of time has passes, you can contact your operator and get the details of how much usage has taken place. If it exceeds the activity (making a video) then you can bet an app has been at work without being obvious about it.

2. Disable Auto Connect: Computer monitoring apps which have been designed for the purpose of spying (on whatever information you may have stored in your phone) use your internet connection to relay the personal data to remote centers. To figure out whether this is happening right under your nose, disable auto connect. This means that you need to go to your phone and through the app settings options, disable automatic WiFi connection. Once you do that, make a video and if a spy app is present then a pop up should appear telling you the app name which is attempting to connect to the internet.

3. App Permissions: For Android users, look through the App permissions and that will tell you what the apps in your phone are interacting with. Any spy apps present should be identified through the descriptions given from their only. If any are found, you can take the next step and attempt to cut them off from your data and then remove them.

4. Check Battery Usage: Usually accessing videos and then further relaying them remotely to a server via internet requires a lot of battery consumption. If you find that you haven’t been using your set as such yet the battery dies much sooner after making a video (be it even a short one) then there is a surefire chance that a malware app is installed somewhere in the nooks and crannies of your phone.

5. OS Slows Down: If you find that after making videos the OS slows down and regular functions become a pain, then that is another clear indication that spyware is installed in your phone and targeting videos being made if nothing else.

So hopefully these steps will save you time, money and trouble which can be caused by unwanted computer monitoring apps attempting to get at your highly private videos.

This article is written by Natalia David. She is an author significantly contributes towards PC security Software, Cellspyexpert and spy software for blackberry. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

6 Basic Tips To Stay Safe On Public Computers

Public Computers Safety Public computers are a sort of pit stop, rest house, and safe haven for an assortment of viruses (Check Symptoms of Computer Virus), bugs, malware and spyware like keyloggers and PC monitoring software that may cause you more harm than you would like to think. Just by using public computers which are open to so much risk you may be putting your email and social networking site credentials, your basic online identity, up for some major grabs by pretty much anyone.

And there is no denying that we have all used public computers at one time or the other, hardly giving a thought to the spying via keylogger or web tracking that could take place as a result of it. Computers at libraries, airport lounges, malls and coffee shops all are capable of becoming nightmares for you if you don’t take some steps to ensure your online safety.

In order to keep your entire vital information safe (work, financial, medical, etc.) follow these simple steps:

1. Never ever save your login credentials be it for any website. So make sure you disable the save username and password features. Further, even if you are in a hurry, never ever just close the window or the tab you are using. Logout so that the homepage appears without your username in the bar. Only then can you be sure that you have successfully cut off connection with your account.

2. While on a public computer, do not walk away from it or leave it even for an instant without wrapping up all your work on it. Though you should avoid it, make sure even if you have to be away from the system for a moment, you get up after closing windows that may display any personal content, including pictures and videos.

3. Whenever in a public place, and this is for using your own device too, make sure you don’t have a lot of people around you or someone discreetly watching you as you enter some sensitive data. And don’t be too lax on this; you never know who may be snooping and actually collecting user information from such places. After all, public places that offer online access have their own groupies and regular visitors.

4. Use the public system as a temporary place or only in emergencies. This means getting rid of any traces you may have left on the system. Delete history as well as the temporary internet files.

5. Be aware of the public WiFi that you are using. Surf the internet through secure connections, which means using HTTPS for browsing and enabling SSL for whatever applications you use. And most importantly, something that users often forget is even an option, if you are not using internet then turn the WiFi off.

6. Finally, avoid actually using public computers for private work, which means abstaining from typing in any sensitive information such as your bank account number, PIN number, or even social security number. Just by typing these things, without actually entering them into the field, a keylogger can pick up on this sensitive information and then relay it remotely for unseen individuals to misuse.

So keep these tips in mind and hopefully you’ll never find yourself in trouble because you used a public computer.

This article is written by Natalia David. She is a blogger by profession an author significantly contributes towards mobistealth computer monitoring software and mobistealth keylogger. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.