Perhaps 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.