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This is going to sound odd, but here goes. I've been watching 1 family member go slightly mad during lockdown. They took their phone and destroyed it because they thought our creepy neighbor was watching them? I thought they're going mad at the mere thought of it. However, a series of circumstances has occurred and I'm beginning to think, what if? I've been using MB for years on Windows and its picked up unwanted items over the years. Its been quite useful to me.
 
But how effective is MB on Android OS? I sometimes use my phone to connect to the home WIFI. Is there a way someone could spy on the phone in this way? Be it via camera or recording device? If so, how do you you prevent this? I found nothing suspect on my phone but I have to be sure.
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Hi @MDobson95,

In short, yes, such things do exist: How to protect against stalkerware, a murky but dangerous mobile threat

However, it usually takes physical access to mobile device and being able to unlock in order to be install such apps.  As you noted, running a scan using Malwarebytes for Android is the best way to see if anything is installed.

Nathan

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10 minutes ago, mbam_mtbr said:

Hi @MDobson95,

In short, yes, such things do exist: How to protect against stalkerware, a murky but dangerous mobile threat

However, it usually takes physical access to mobile device and being able to unlock in order to be install such apps.  As you noted, running a scan using Malwarebytes for Android is the best way to see if anything is installed.


Nathan

Good grief. Why did I click that link? Ugh. Thanks a lot.

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Yeah I see what you mean now, by requiring "physical access". Its unfortunate these apps exist, but you'd deffo know if your phone is being spied on without MB installed, going by whats being mentioned in the blog, that is. At the very least, I know my network isn't being spied on, 🙄 and its nothing but the nonsensical ravings of an extremely annoying family member and I feel ashamed I ever entertained the notion they could be committing such an act. (smh)

Still, after reading all that, I'm never gonna leave my phone out of my sight, EVER.

 

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