How to Tell if Your Phone Is Tapped

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Step 1: Check battery life
Take note of the lifespan of your battery. The phone’s battery gets used when it’s sending voice or text information to the source of the bug, or if someone is remotely activating the microphone. If the battery life is suddenly significantly shorter than it used to be — even after getting a new battery — your phone may be bugged.

There are phone applications available that monitor battery life and history.

Step 2: Feel your phone
Check the temperature of your phone. The battery in your cell gets warm when it’s being used, so, when you haven’t been on the phone, if the phone feels warm, it may have been in use without your knowledge.

Step 3: Monitor strange activity
Monitor unusual activity by your phone. If your phone suddenly starts turning on and off by itself, has difficulty shutting down or won’t shut down at all, it may be subject to unauthorized use.

Step 4: Watch for coded text messages
Watch for coded text messages. If you get a text message that seems like data coding, with numbers and symbols instead of words, this could indicate misdirected attempts at data transmission by someone else.

If you want to make sure your calls and texts remain private, don’t just turn your phone off — take the battery out when you’re not using it.

Step 5: Listen for background noise
Listen for background noise when you’re on a call. Echoes, static, or clicking sounds may be caused by line or transmission interference, or by equipment used by someone tapping your call.

Step 6: Pay attention to your phone bill
Inspect your phone bill every month. If it indicates a spike in text or data transmission, someone else may be using it.

Step 7: Look out for unusual interference
Watch nearby electronic equipment. It is common for phone transmissions to interfere with signals from other phones, computers, radios, and televisions. However, if electronic interference occurs when you’re not using the phone, it may be in use by someone else.

Step 8: Determine whether your land line is tapped
Find out if your land line is tapped by locating your Serving Area Interface, also known as a B-Box or cross-connect box. Determine which pair of wires, known as the cable pair, are associated with your phone number, and see if there are any duplicate lines or electronic devices connected to them.

B-Boxes are equipped with locks, but service technicians have passkeys, and many boxes aren’t locked at all.

Step 9: Hire a company to perform a sweep
Hire a company to perform a wiretap detection sweep. Many companies offer such services, but they typically only pick up devices being used on your premises.

Did You Know?
From 2003 to 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation illegally obtained calling records for more than 3,500 telephone accounts, according to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

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25 Responses to “How to Tell if Your Phone Is Tapped”

  1. BritneyJellybeanz says:

    why is he so …
    why is he so paranoid?

  2. igothacked112 says:

    That kid is like 12 …
    That kid is like 12. Why would he check his phone bill? 

  3. JonGomez1995 says:

    this real?
    this real?

  4. dustinfootball1 says:

    no top comments :(
    no top comments :(

  5. MsCaptianSparkles says:

    point your finger …
    point your finger at your phone. poke your phone. ITS BEEN TAPPED!!!!!! :O :D Lol

  6. soildsnakefoxhound says:

    lol dipshit all i …
    lol dipshit all i have to do is be near you’r phone and bluefish you’r ass.

  7. iLoveeHamsters says:

    @mclover werd ikr …
    @mclover werd ikr they old style

  8. cabrera1105 says:

    I came here because …
    I came here because i tought How to know if your phone is trapped

  9. Vernedi says:

    Actually, the …
    Actually, the governments do tap even the most boring people. Those tend to be the best candidates for disguising a terrorist. The people they would least expect. So naive.

  10. crazycupcake432 says:

    my phone isn’t …
    my phone isn’t tapped even though it has all these signs. its just means my phone is damaged from water and its crappy. -.-

  11. XxShadowvalkyriexX says:

    Also.. Im not …
    Also.. Im not saying this is caused by Aliens… BUT Its Aliens…

  12. XxShadowvalkyriexX says:

    Dude.. Game on …
    Dude.. Game on World!…..that is all…

  13. MsSuperdude12345678 says:

    Lol, None of us …
    Lol, None of us are that important. We aren’t being tapped. We just have crappy phones

  14. halronius says:

    hahahaha that is …
    hahahaha that is what i was thinking haha.. lets tap dis fat kids phone he’s so important right

  15. kven123456789 says:

    Who would wanna …
    Who would wanna tap that faggots phone

  16. TopTutorials101 says:

    My phone does all …
    My phone does all these things, but it’s not tapped it just sucks :p

  17. mhlover25 says:

    how am i supposed …
    how am i supposed to take the battery out of an iphone?!?!??!

  18. justwatchvideos1637 says:

    1:40 How exactly do …
    1:40 How exactly do you turn off a battery?

  19. justwatchvideos1637 says:

    Sorry… Mine …
    Sorry… Mine lasts 70 minutes!

  20. Tylerwaffleblue says:

    Woah, I just …
    Woah, I just learned that today, no wonder i feel so empty! :D

  21. hmboiser says:

    no fool

    no fool

  22. ronald mejia says:

    how to tell if your …
    how to tell if your phone is tapped
    you will need:
    a phone
    a finger
    step 1: check for tape
    step 2: with your finger get the tape out
    did you know that:howcast isn`t even trying

  23. 9hunterp says:

    ummmmmmmmmmm …
    ummmmmmmmmmm paranoid much?

  24. 1337xGMRvinny says:

    lol i dont even …
    lol i dont even have a phone…

  25. ladiesmantwo19owh7 says:

    Step 1: speak
    Step …

    Step 1: speak
    Step 2: say “my phone is tapped’
    Did you know that my dog shits?

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