In this digital era, smartphones have been tweaked in such a way that they are much similar to computers and can be used pretty much like any Windows PC. However, this good aspect comes with its own challenges too especially with issues pertaining to privacy as the smartphones are now more susceptible to viruses and spyware.

Finding out that somebody is tracking you down using your smartphone can be worrying and disturbing to say the least. Here are a few tips that will help you determine whether someone is on your trail.

Number one tip to use is looking for strange behaviour from your phone. This will help you find out whether someone is tracking you down using spyware installed in your phone. Whenever these software is installed in your phone, most chances are that it will act strange. Strange behaviour from your phone could include lighting up on its own, automatically shutting down or even making strange sounds.

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Clue number two is the battery life of your phone. After using your phone for quite a while, you can definitely tell its average battery life. A sudden reduce in its battery life could be caused by spyware or other tracking software installed in your phone, especially if they are constantly running.

Clue number three is your phone calls. If you notice that suddenly some strange noises are occuring in your phone such as beeps or other different sounds during calls, this could be an indicator that your calls are being recorded. Another indicator of this could be worsened quality of your phone calls. This should raise your eyebrows that something strange is going on.

Number four sign of tracking software or spyware on your Android device is occurrence of random shutdowns and reboots. This could give you the hint especially when you are quite sure that your phone’s software is updated and stable. However, shutdowns and reboots can be caused by another unstable app. In order to verify the cause of the shutdowns and reboots, uninstall the suspected app and observe the phone’s behaviour. If the shutdowns and reboots are still present, then this means that your phone is probably being spied on or tracked down.

Clue number five is strange text messages being received on your Android smartphone. This messages could be coming with different symbols and codes. If you get such messages especially on a constant basis, chances are someone is on your trail using your Android smartphone.

Number six clue is high data usage than usual. Spyware apps and tracking software use a lot of data in sending information from your phone to your tracker. Making sure you know your average data usage can help you in determining this.

Another clue is when your phone makes strange sounds when you are not using it, which is something that should not happen normally. This could be a clue of tracking taking place.

Clue number eight is delays when your phone is shutting down. Android devices take a short time to shutdown. A prolonged period before your phone shuts down could imply that someone is observing and controlling your Android device.

Number nine clue is checking your apps in the app drawer and identifying any new apps installed. Spyware apps are normally hidden though you may spot an icon in your app drawer. Another alternative is looking in the settings of the applications manager.

Number ten is unusual heat ups when your Android device is not in use. This could be a strong indicator of installed spyware in your Android device.

Other clues that should really help you are unusual lagging and slowness in your Android device as well as finding  suspicious files and folders in your file manager. Installing anti spyware applications from Google Play could of great help in helping you deal with trackers.

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