Technology has reached the point where you no longer have to be a surveillance professional in order to tap someone’s phone. With the right piece of software or direct access to a landline telephone, you can get a tap up and running in a couple of seconds – all without the target being aware that something is wrong to begin with.
If you’ve recently begun to suspect that your phone might be tapped, don’t be so quick to write it off as paranoia. Pay attention to a few important signs to either put the issue to rest or to confirm your theory.
Pay Attention to Secrets That May Be Getting Out
One of the most obvious signs that your phone may be tapped is also one of the most low-tech – your secrets are finding their way out into the world and you’re not quite sure how. Pay attention to who in your life knows what and, more importantly, whether or not they SHOULD know about a particular item or event.
Say you’ve got an important event coming up on Friday, and the only person you told about it is Person A. You relayed this via a private conversation and swore Person A to secrecy. Then, somehow, Person B reveals that they ALSO know about your plans for Friday. Either Person B is suddenly psychic, you can’t trust Person A as much as you thought you could, or… your phone is being tapped.
The Biggest Signs of a Phone Tap
One of the most obvious signs that your phone may be tapped is if you hear a large amount of static, interference or other background noise when talking to people on the phone. Sometimes static, scratching and other noise that initially seems like random interference can actually be caused by the equipment used to tap your phone in the first place. This noise will probably be low frequency, occasionally making it hard to hear without a specialized piece of equipment like a sound-bandwidth sensor.
You’ll also want to try to use your phone around other electronic devices to see what, if anything, occurs. Remember that some bugs, wire taps and other surveillance tools use frequencies that are very close to the FM radio band. If you’re talking on your phone and you walk by a radio, the radio may squeal or even turn to complete static because a tap or other spying device is interfering. The same logic is true with TV broadcast frequencies, particularly when it comes to UHF channels.
If you’re concerned that your cell phone may be tapped as opposed to the landline phone in your home, there are a number of essential signs you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Pay very close attention to the temperature of your phone’s battery, for example. When a smartphone like an iPhone begins to overheat, you’ll usually see a “Battery Temperature” warning appear on the screen. If this has never happened to you in the past but suddenly seems to be happening all the time, it could be an indication that a combination of hardware and/or software is being used against you.
Along the same lines, you’ll also want to stay alert about your privacy in general if you have suffered a recent burglary – particularly if nothing of value was actually taken. Remember that in many cases, someone will still need physical access to your phone in order to install the hardware necessary to monitor your conversations and activities. A burglary would provide the perfect cover for this opportunity: While you’re busy trying to figure out how someone got in and what they may have stolen, they’ve already installed a wiretap on your phone and are likely listening in at this very moment.
Always be aware of small signs that something may be odd, as this can often be a clear-cut sign that someone broke into your home specifically to install spy equipment in compromising positions.