A long time ago, I had a stalker. He still pops up now and then. I like to think I can help others in the same situation.
Reasons You Might Be a Target for Spying
How do you know if you are being watched? How do you know if you aren't? These days, private surveillance is becoming more and more common. Reasons that someone may be spying on you include:
- You own a company.
- You have an important, responsible, or secretive job.
- You have attended confidential interviews or meetings.
- You are a scientist, politician, journalist, witness, attorney, judge, police officer, or local government official.
- Your partner or spouse believes you are having an affair.
- You are getting divorced.
- You are petitioning for sole custody of your children.
- You are a suspected activist or terrorist.
- You have logged in to certain websites.
- You file for disability or workers compensation.
- Your neighbor hates you.
- Your friend, neighbor, or relative is under suspicion.
- You have recently made a substantial insurance claim.
- You are very wealthy or possess something valuable.
- You are a celebrity.
- You are the victim of a stalker.
- Someone believes they can get ransom money out of you if they access or capture your personal information.
- Someone wants to take and use photos of you or members of your family—perhaps for profit or revenge.
Of course, our personal data and behavior is constantly being tracked by the government, search engines, social media, websites we visit, and possibly by our employers, but this article is intended for individuals who suspect that they are being singled out and targeted for a specific reason in a personal privacy threat.
How to Detect Hidden Cameras in Your Home
These days, cameras are so small they might be hidden anywhere to spy on you. They can be as small as a fingertip and hidden in tissue boxes, books, bookshelves, clocks, stuffed animals, potted plants, or anywhere. Although the camera will likely be well-hidden, its lens has to be visible, even if it's behind glass. A simple, cost-effective method to detect hidden spy cameras is to use a flashlight or the light on your phone to find them.
Most cameras have green or red lights. These might have been covered, but if there wasn't time to install it properly, you might be able to find the camera by these lights.
How to Make a DIY Camera Detector
- Wait until dark and turn off all the lights and block out any light from outside.
- Grab a cardboard tube—a roll of paper towel is ideal. Hold the tube up to one eye and close the other.
- Turn on your smart phone's flashlight, or use a regular flashlight.
- Now slowly scan every inch of the room. You are looking for a tiny light with a halo, which is the reflection of the camera lens.
If you don't see any lights, that doesn't mean there aren't any cameras. Maybe the person who installed them hid them carefully.
How to Use Your Cell Phone to Find a Hidden Camera
- Call a friend, put them on speakerphone, and ask them to hold the line open (stay on the phone).
- Walk around the room and listen for electric interference (snaps, pops, cracks, or buzzing).
- These noises may indicate hidden electronic devices.
Use an RF (Radio Frequency) Detector
These devices are readily available and range from $10 to $200. You can use one to scan for hidden wireless devices and signals in your home. Turn it on and follow the instructions, which include moving or sweeping slowly and listening for feedback. You may need to test each room on several of the device's frequencies.
What Does a Hidden Camera Look Like?
What Does a Listening Device Look Like?
Like cameras, eavesdropping devices come in many sizes and shapes and are easily obtained by anyone. Sometimes, your own devices' mics can be accessed remotely to listen in on you or your conversations.
How to Find Hidden Mics, Bugs, or Listening Devices
Anyone can buy apps to eavesdrop on you. Many require access to your device to install. Sometimes they're hidden on the SIM card rather than on the operating system. However, some might be installed OTA (over-the-air, remotely).
- One thing to think about is the bug's power supply. Some run on batteries, and as a result, they have a limited lifespan. If someone wants to listen to you constantly, they'll need a device with a steady and dependable power source, so always pay attention to visible wires that may indicate a hidden bug.
- A bug might steal power from other devices. For example, some can hide in a USB cable and draw power any time the cord is plugged in.
- When the house is empty and traffic noise outside has subsided, walk around and switch off all electrical appliances, such as the refrigerator and computers. Be still and listen. Walk around the house quietly and listen out for any soft buzzing or bleeping. Track down the source.
- Electric switch plates are a favorite place for bug installations. Check every switch plate and wall socket by first looking at it and then trying to move it. If it has been recently disturbed, may be visually out of alignment or loose. Turn off the power, unscrew the plate, and see if there's anything behind it that shouldn't be there.
- Check your smoke detectors, wall and ceiling light fittings, ceiling tiles, clocks, and lamps. Warning: Don't go poking screwdrivers anywhere near live electrical wiring.
- Look out for paint discoloration on walls or ceilings. A small, circular mark may be an indication of a micro-camera or listening device. Check the baseboards for bumps or signs of disturbance.
- Use your flashlight and hands to thoroughly examine every piece of furniture. Run your fingers along out-of-sight edges. Turn the furniture upside down. Look carefully for small holes in upholstery.
- Take notice of tiny patches of white dust from dry walls on baseboards or on sills. See if you can determine where it came from. It could be debris from the installation of a tiny pinhole camera.
- Examine every ornament and other innocuous objects in a room–pictures are good places to hide devices, and so are pillows.
- Try all the door locks to make sure they feel and work the same as usual. A lock that has been tampered with may exhibit stiffness, sticking, or feel very loose.
Remember, installing an external device to listen to your private conversations isn't necessary if the device already has a microphone (like your cell phone or computer, for example).
How to Tell If Your Car Is Bugged or Tracked
Check your car for listening devices the same way you'd check your home or office: A hand-held RF device might help.
While you're at it, you'll probably also want to check both the exterior and interior of your car for GPS trackers, which often look like small two or three inch boxes with magnetic strips to hold them to the body of the car. There are two types to look for:
- Monitored. These send real-time information about where you are right now to a computer or a smartphone. These work like cell phones transmitting data either constantly, while the car is being used, or at pre-set intervals. Some are hardwired into your car's power supply, but they might also be battery-operated. These are more likely to be found inside your car.
- Unmonitored. These cheaper models collect and store data inside the device to be accessed later. When your car is moving, the tracker collects information about where you go to be downloaded manually later. These are more likely to be found on the exterior of your car.
How to Find a GPS Tracker on Your Car
- Check the exterior. This is the most likely spot for a tracker, since it's the easiest place for a person to place a device. Use a flashlight and a mirror on a pole to really observe every part of your car's exterior: in wheel wells, under the chassis, behind the bumpers, behind the side mirrors, etc.
- Check under the hood. It's less likely a device will be there since it's not as easily accessed and the device will be exposed to higher temperatures, but check everywhere: on the underside of the hood itself, behind the radiator, around the battery, air ducts, etc.
- Search the interior. The first thing to notice is if there are any mysterious wires connected to your data port. Check the glove compartment and under your seats. Use the flashlight and the mirror to look inside vents.
- Check the trunk. Look around the spare tire and elsewhere. Don't forget to check for something attached to the underside of the door itself.
Use an Electronic RF Sweeper
You can use an electronic RF sweeper to find out if there is any inexplicable wireless or cellular activity that could lead you to a bug. Turn it it on and walk slowly around and inside your car, sweeping it in all the places listed above. The sweeper might emit a noise, a light, or a vibration if it detects any wireless transmissions.
How to Find Out If Your Cell Phone Is Being Monitored or Bugged
- Is your battery losing its charge? If you see sudden drops in your phone's charge when you have not been using it, or if you find yourself suddenly needing to charge it more often, this may mean that the battery is being depleted by someone who's remotely activating your microphone or accessing voice or text messages.
- Does your phone seem to have a mind of its own? If it turns off and on by itself or won't shut down (or hesitates before it will), makes noises (especially a pulsating, static noise that hints that the mic or speaker is active), randomly starts installing apps, or if the light is still lit after you shut it off, this may mean someone is controlling it remotely.
- Do you hear a lot of interference on the line? This could be caused by a bad connection, but it's also a sign someone is listening in, as some call recording software mimics a conference call.
- Do you hear blips and pops from computers, phones, televisions, and radios? Since phone transmissions often interfere with other electronic devices, and many phone tapping devices use frequencies that might interfere with your electronics, if you hear electronic echo or static coming from devices when you're not on your phone, it might indicate remote activity.
- Is your phone warm, even when you haven't been using it? This is a sign that the phone is working and depleting the battery.
- Do you get SMS text messages that look like random, meaningless strings of numbers and symbols? This may indicate fumbled attempts at coded transmissions.
- Have you seen an unexplained jump in the cost of your data? If your phone bills shoot up for no apparent reason, someone else may be running up your data bill.
What to Do If Your Cell Phone Has Been Hacked
Keep in mind that these signs might only mean that you need a new battery, regular transmission of data is being interrupted by a poor connection, you need to call your provider and argue about the cost of your plan, there was a glitch in the hardware or software, or your phone is on the fritz.
On the other hand, you might have a good reason to be suspicious. See the instructions below for finding and deleting spyware. There are many useful apps that help you monitor your battery use. For a quick fix, if you take the battery out of your phone when it's not in use, this can deter unwanted activity.
Who Is Tracking Your Cell Phone?
How to Find Out If Your iPhone Is Being Tracked
1. Check for Signs of Jailbreaking
"Jailbreaking" is when someone manages to install tracking or spyware apps on your iPhone by bypassing Apple’s strict built-in rules against using software from other sources. There's no easy way to know if someone has jailbroken your phone, but if they were in a rush, they may have forgotten to cover their tracks and neglected to delete the software they used to do it.
- Swipe right on your home screen (since the app probably won’t necessarily show with an icon).
- Look for suspicious software or apps. Common jailbreaking tools to look for are Icy, Installer, Cydia, Installous, or SBSettings.
- If you use a file explorer app like ES File Explorer, look in your message, email, and image folders.
- Jailbreaking apps often use GPS to monitor your location and send reports via data roaming, so huge data bills are another thing to look for.
- Before you delete anything suspicious, double-check to make sure what it is.
2. Block Spy Apps With an Antivirus App
Even if you already have antivirus apps, it may be time to upgrade or find a better one.
3. Do a Factory Reset
Resetting any phone to its original factory settings will get rid of any spy software there might be, you must make sure to back up your data first, or you'll lose it all.
4. Check Data Usage
Spyware apps take data from your phone and send it to someone else (the person who's spying on you). One way to find out is by keeping track of data that's being used by the apps installed on your phone. Go to Settings —> Data Usage, and look through the entries in App Usage to see if any unfamiliar or unknown apps have recently been using a lot of data. You might install a data monitor app to monitor usage, as well.
How to Find Spy Software on Your iPhone or Android Cell Phone
Since smartphones are almost always connected to the internet, they can be remotely hacked. The hacking doesn't have to be remote, either: Maybe someone physically got ahold of your device and installed a keystroke logger or some other kind of tracking app.
Spy apps and programs often disguise their file names so you won't notice them, but sometimes they're daringly honest and use terms like "spy," "stealth," "monitor," etc. So if you see anything you don't recognize and don't remember downloading, you should investigate it.
It's hard to hijack an iPhone, but it's still possible. Someone might download your personal data via a shared network, for example.
Dig around in your iPhone directory. If you see any suspicious files, ask an Apple store consultant about them or simply upgrade to the latest iOS version. Make sure you back up all your data first.
To check your files to see if there's anything suspicious...
- Go to Settings –>
- Applications –>
- Manage Applications or Running Services
- Investigate any files or apps you don't recognize. Don't delete or remove anything before you know what it is, though, and if you're not sure, then get advice from an expert on proper deletion methods. It's a simple matter to look up the purpose of any file/app on the web.
- Factory reset when all else fails: Reset your Android device.
Signs Your Landline Is Bugged
- Do you hear small noises on your phone during a conversation? Indications of a line tap are volume changes, minor drops (i.e. tiny gaps in the other person's speech), static, popping noises, hissing, or any other unusual sounds. These occur when two connectors are hooked up, such as a wiretap to a phone line. Listen for anything unusual as you hang up the phone.
- Is your telephone making odd sounds when it not in use? This would indicate that the phone itself is being used as a listening device. In other words, it is acting as a microphone and will pick up any conversation in the room.
- If you can hear a dial tone even when your phone is on the hook, this is a sign that it may have been tapped.
- Silent phone calls (when you pick up but it sounds like no one is there) may mean that the phone has been hooked up to a slave device. Listen out for electronic sounds like buzzing or high-pitched beeping. At the same time, silent calls are common these days and usually caused by computer error, so by themselves, they are not cause for concern.
What to do: Locate the B-Box or cross-connect box for your phone and check the two wires ("cable pair") associated with your landline. Are there any extra cables or devices attached? A service technician can help you, or you can hire a company to do a wire tap connection sweep.
Is Your Computer Being Monitored by Someone Else?
Five years ago, if you wondered if someone was watching you, people would think you were paranoid. But we should all know by now that we're being watched online: by the government, by search engines like Google, by sites like Amazon and Facebook, and probably by the companies we work for. Today, any jealous boyfriend, concerned parent, or nosy neighbor can easily purchase commercial snooping software to spy on anyone they want.
If you have reasons to suspect that your connections or conversations are not private and that someone is watching your activity or your data is being sent to someone else (you might notice suspicious battery depletions or internet history, or mysterious lag times and other clues), then you'll want to look for leaks.
Signs Your Computer Is Being Spied On
- It suddenly starts working very slowly, and functions that once happened quickly are taking a lot more time. This in itself is not an indication of spying malware; most older computers slow down over time.
- Your mouse moves with a mind of its own: opening, scrolling, and closing apps and docs.
- Your online banking accounts show missing funds or charges you don't recognize.
- You get confirmation emails from stores about payments for things you did not order.
- Apps open randomly or you find things open that you didn't open yourself.
How to Find Spyware on Your Computer
- Scan for malware. Scanning your computer with anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-rootkit programs can help find data leaks. Really sneaky spyware might add itself to the exception list on your anti-virus program, so use more than one program.
- Check your recent items/activity to see if any third-party software—also known as remote control software or virtual network computing software—is being used that you did not install yourself. These programs allow someone to view your activity on your computer, see your desktop, run applications, change your settings, and access your data. These were designed to allow IT administrators to manage and oversee a company's computers, but anyone can use them. Look for anything with "VNC" in its name, LogMeIn, or GoToMyPC. If you find something you don't recognize, do a search to find out what it is, and also search for proper methods for uninstalling them.
- Check where your iCloud backups are being sent. If they're being sent to a third party, you'll want to know about it.
- Check your History. On your search browsers, you can look at the History to see which sites have been visited. You can look at History to see if anyone else has been using your computer to look things up, and you should also know that anyone who has access to your computer can see where you've been on the internet. Saving this record of your viewing history allows web pages to load faster when you return, but deleting the History means no one can see where you've been. Google "how to view browsing history on [insert name of your device]" or "how to delete browsing history on [insert name of your device]" to learn more.
- Open your Task Manager. If you're on Windows, you can open your task manager by keying Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then clicking "open task manager" and scrolling down the list of applications and processes that are running. If you see something that looks unfamiliar, Google it to find out what it is. For example, Lanschool (which is listed as Student.exe) uses a Chrome extension to collect and store your browsing history, and Eaglesvr takes and stores screenshots of your screen every three seconds. To stop it temporarily, you might be able to right click to end the process, but usually it needs to be uninstalled properly in a multi-step process.
- Look for keyloggers. Keyloggers record everything you type, including passwords. Check your Task Manager or Activity Monitor.
- Check your ports. Ports are virtual data connection points through which computers share information. If someone is monitoring you remotely, there will be an open port enabling the data transfer.
- Identify the TCP connections. Identify outbound connections by using a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) which shows all the connections from your computer to others. You can download a TCPView program to make the process easier.
Computer Counter-Surveillance Techniques
- Reset your wireless router. Anyone who can access your wireless router can also monitor your activity. It’s one of the easiest ways to hack your computer.
- Use a different network. Sometimes, a person hopes you'll do the same things you always do. They might be using a keylogger program that can only upload data to someone else on the same network.
- Use end-to-end encryption. With E2EE, only the communicating parties can read the messages. No third parties can decode the data.
- Install your own email-tracking software. Use counter-spy tactics by installing programs like ReadNotify or GetNotify to see when and where each of your emails was opened and for how long, or if it was forwarded without your knowledge.
- Use encrypted email. Switch to an encrypted email client so that only the people you send email to will be able to decode it.
- Put a sticker over your camera and keep a cordless jack inserted into your mic port.
- Change your passwords.
Warning Signs That You're Being Watched
If you believe you may be a target for a covert operation, the first thing to do is look for evidence that someone is watching or listening to your private conversations. Here are the warning signs to look out for:
- Someone you know (your partner, a colleague, or neighbor) may inadvertently let slip something that you said in privacy, that they could only have overheard. If you question them, they will glibly deflect you by saying they guessed, that someone else told them, or that they made an assumption. Don't argue or pursue the point.
- If information appears in the press that no one except you and your trusted friends/personnel have access to, that's a major sign that you are under surveillance.
- A stalker likes his victim to be aware that he has access to private conversations—it adds to the fear-factor—and he will often find ways to let you know you are being watched, followed, or listened to.
- If your home was broken into or burgled, even if nothing significant was taken. You may not even notice if a door was left open or a window forced and you won't ever notice that someone has been inside your home. Make sure your children tell you if they discover an unlocked door that isn't usually left unlocked, or an open window downstairs.
Use Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM)
TSCM (technical surveillance counter-measures) is the list of things you can do to search for and prevent bugs, cameras, GPS, and other devices from spying on you. The lists included in this article are TSCM.
You can look for surveillance devices yourself or hire an expert to help you. The device used most often for TSCM is a radio frequency (RF) detector which are cheap and easy to buy online. Any spy device that uses electricity or a battery might be detected with a RF detector, including hidden cameras, bugs, or GPS devices.
In order for it to work, you must first turn off all the electronic and wireless devices you know about. This will help the scanner locate the ones you don't know about.
If You Believe Someone is Entering Your Property
Some commenters have mentioned that they believe someone is entering their property when they are not at home, or at night. If you think this may be the case, you need to collect proof. The easiest way of doing this is by installing one or two small surveillance cameras on your property.
These easy-to-set-up cameras can be remotely monitored by a smart phone app. They also have SD cards to record activity. Choose a motion detector camera like this Kamtron security camera. While I have never suspected anyone of entering our home, these little devices are also excellent for monitoring our dogs' behavior when we are out.
The Kamtron can also pick up activity in the dark up to 20 feet in distance, so most rooms are covered.
Other reasons for installing a security camera are monitoring the activity of people you do allow into your home: carers, dog walkers, baby-sitters, etc.
If you are concerned about unauthorized people, such as an ex partner or stalking landlord coming into your home, install at least one surveillance camera for proof and protection.
Bug, Camera, or GPS Detector Devices
Any spy device that transmits wirelessly might be detected with a RF detector, including hidden cameras, bugs, or GPS devices. You carry it around your home, office, or car and it gives an audible warning when it is within 10 meters of any source of transmission. Ensure you turn off all 'innocent' devices and remove cellphones, laptops, etc. prior to scanning a room or else you'll get a false signal.
Bug detectors can usually find audio or video transmitters as they operate on simple RF (radio frequencies). This is why your FM radio is capable of detecting such devices. However, these bug detectors are much more sensitive so it may well be worthwhile investing in one for your peace of mind.
How to Check for Spy Devices With an FM Radio
Even without buying a fancy device, you might use your radio to find electronic surveillance devices. The radio will emit feedback if there's any electronic transmissions. You may be familiar with this feedback phenomenon when it happens with speakers. Well, when it occurs with an FM radio, it's because of the same thing–the radio is picking up transmissions from the bug and can often lead you right to it.
- Tune your radio in to a silent spot at the high end of the FM band.
- Carry the radio around the room. If it begins to make odd sounds such as a high-pitched squeal, move it until the sound reaches its loudest pitch. That should be the source of the transmission.
You can also do a similar sweep with a small hand-held TV. Check channels 2, 7, 13, 14, 50-60, and 66-68 for marked interference. It works with analog or digital.
Modify Your Social Media Activity
It's not possible to address all the social media platforms here, but they all have privacy settings. Ensure yours are set to the highest level. Even so, your accounts can be hacked, so if you know you are the victim of a spy or stalker, then consider not using social media at all.
Is It Against the Law to Spy on Someone?
In most countries and jurisdictions (but laws and policies vary from place to place)...
- You don't have any right to privacy in a public space. However, a private citizen is usually not allowed to record another person without their knowledge or consent. It is illegal for a private citizen spy on someone via a hidden camera in a private space.
- A person is allowed to hide cameras in their own home or property, even if they don't warn you about their presence. If they have a valid reason for installing a camera, it will likely be deemed legal.
- In many states, it's legal to record a conversation in which you are involved without the consent of all the others involved in the conversation. However, in many states it is illegal to record private conversations unless everyone involved gives consent.
- It's legal for someone to place a GPS device on a vehicle they own or on their own property.
- It is illegal to install spyware on someone's phone or computer, but there are exceptions to this rule. If it's a work computer, your employer might be allowed to install certain types of IT software, for example. If you ever gave that person permission to use your phone, computer, or car, and you discover later that they installed spyware after you gave them access to your device, it may not be deemed illegal.
- If you ever give someone your password, then you basically lose the right to claim they behaved illegally by using it.
- It's legal for someone to hire a private eye to watch, follow, or listen to you, as long as the spying is done without breaking any laws.
For more information, read I'm Being Watched—How to Deal With Stalkers and Spies.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Can a listening device be triggered or alert the owner of the device if certain words are picked up or spoken?
Answer: I'm pretty sure that's the case, given the fact that smart home speakers operate on a similar basis. Apps certainly can be activated in that way--voice recognition 'wake up' has been around for years.
Question: My child’s father is a stalker and has had at least three victims that I am aware of (case files). He has mentioned cloning phones and even spoke about private conversations that I have had. He is getting supervised visits for our child and sends the child back with toys, lunchbags, etc. and then later asks about the items. I exchanged one but kept the lunch bag. Is it possible for it to be bugged? He has referenced information that would otherwise be private.
Answer: He has probably bugged the gifts he's given your child. They are so small they can be hidden in linings without you noticing. He may also have installed an app on your cellphone remotely. If it's feasible, I'd buy identical toys and carefully swap them out without the child knowing.
Question: I can hear my husband and another women whisper back and forth. I can also hear her when I’m downstairs, reporting every move I make. I can’t even use my restroom without hearing her. I hear her over my car speakers too. My husband never seems to have a device on him. What could this be?
Answer: Reset your phone to its factory settings. If that doesn't fix it, do a bug sweep as described above.
Question: I think that a friend of mine has bugged my room. She has been known for going through people's things and has been diagnosed with a personality disorder. Recently, she brought up a conversation with me that only happened once in my living room about a particular topic. The person that I had the conversation with did not tell anyone about it. Did she install a listening device? What should I do?
Answer: If she is your friend, then why don't you ask her? It's far more likely that she left her phone lying around with a voice-activated recording app on it. It seems like the kind of thing she might do on impulse. Installing a device involves a little more planning.
Question: Can a Roomba vacuum be used as a spy device? The thing reads terrain and makes decisions. I imagine that means it builds a "reading" of the terrain. If so, can a Roomba be in communication via wifi regarding its sensory readout of a place/people?
Answer: It's unlikely that the Roomba's data would be useful to anyone. However, anything that connects to wifi or cell can be hacked. The parents of a baby were horrified to discover someone talking to their child over the baby monitor.
Having said that, I doubt very much that your Roomba has been 'got at'. It's not much use as a spy device because of the noise and interference of its fan and motor.
Question: My ex always knows about conversations I have had with other people. My phone is always hot, sometimes I can't even make a call due to so many pop ups. Does this evidence mean there is a bug on my phone?
Answer: He may have hacked your phone or added a spying app. You might also have inadvertently allowed malware to compromise it. Google how to reset it to its factory settings. Make sure to first save your data and photos to another device, such as a laptop.
Question: I have been hearing the high pitched squeal on my HTC 626 Desire cell phone. Can you give any helpful tips and solutions?
Answer: I doubt this is anything connected to someone hacking your phone. Google HTC forums and ask there for fixes.
Question: My RF detects a lot of activity around my water faucets. Two years ago the water utility company installed an upgraded meter inside my house. Are they listening to my family?
Answer: An RF scanner is designed to pick up radio transmissions and it is very possible that certain frequencies are enhanced by your own property's plumbing and electrical systems. I doubt very much if your water utility company is listening to you.
Question: I hear there's an app for smartphones that can detect spying devices. Is it worth trying?
Answer: Yes, there are apps for both Android and iPhone that can detect the magnetic pulse of a device and the tiny light of a hidden camera. However, I haven't used them so don't know how effective they are. Search on your preferred app platform for 'Hidden Device Detector'.
Question: Can I be seen by neighbors through my walls? I've been researching about thermo images, and people can use this to spy you from outside of your house.
Answer: Yes, but thermo imaging cameras are very expensive and don't provide any detail. All an observer can see is heat sources. There are far more efficient ways of spying on someone.
Question: I heard noises coming from my TV at 4 am and I'm sure that I've been hacked or being spied on. I don't have any internet connection except on my cell phone. The TV is a ROKU. Can someone see me and hear me through the TV?
Answer: It's more likely to be updating itself. If you've no reason to think someone might be spying on you, they probably aren't.
Question: My locks are loose, and I always hear cracking and other noises in my place. Someone was here, but nothing was taken. Is there a way to trap the person without a camera?
Answer: Only by being there yourself, and that might be dangerous. I encourage you to install mini-spy cameras. They are just a few dollars these days - around $15-$35. It will be worth it for your peace of mind.
Is it possible that your intruder is an animal? Try laying down some tasty crumbs (like cheese) and see if they are gone in the morning.
Question: What do you do with a tracking device if you find one?
Answer: First, disable it by removing the battery. Then take it to the police as part of your evidence. Then make sure you check everything else: your home, your phone, and computers.
Question: Can I use FM radio on the phone to find bugs?
Answer: It's doubtful because you can't tune it to a silent frequency on the band, unless you can find an app that will let you do that. You need something with a manual tuner.
Question: For several months now the same three cars pass my house when I walk out no matter what time. How is this possible?
Answer: Coincidence? Law of Attraction? Similar cars? Take photos.
Question: I've had a stalker for over 2 years now. I contacted police and have done anything and everything I could think of. I want to find the devices in which he can see me, it looks like it's in the lighting fixtures. When it is in use the light bulbs burn out, but I can't tell where the spy device is at. Can you help?
Answer: You have to collect proof. You have to locate the devices, using the suggestions I've made, both in the article and in the comments section.
People must become pro-active and fight back, not literally, but to thwart their stalker.
1. Never interact with them or give them the satisfaction of knowing you are frightened.
2. Gather proof. I cannot say this often enough.
3. Ensure he cannot break in. Make sure there are security locks on windows and doors.
4. Make technology work in your favor. These days you can install apps on your phone that work with cameras in your home so you can see who comes to the door, wherever you happen to be.
5. Do install your own cameras all over your home. If you can get a recording of a stalker entering your home, you have proof.
6. Purchase a bug scanner and use it. A cash layout of $20-$60 is a low price to pay for peace of mind.
7. Keep a record of everything - even if you don't think it's that important. Silent phone calls, strange vehicles lurking outside, people hanging around, etc.
8. Keep a loud whistle on you at all times. If you get any weird calls, blow the whistle as loud as you can down the phone. Also always carry a rape alarm.
It's your life; you need to protect it and get this person out of it. Meanwhile, take commonsense precautions, but do not allow them to ruin your life. You can be cleverer than them.
Question: What can be done if I found an SD card where someone has been recording my kids and family in the bathroom?
Answer: Go straight to the police with the evidence. Don't wait.
Question: I moved into my place a couple of months ago. Late at night, I hear electronic noises--beeps and clicking sounds. Could this mean my apartment is bugged?
Answer: It is very possible that there are hidden devices in your apartment. It's becoming increasingly common for landlords, neighbors, or previous tenants to install cameras or microphones. Get yourself a scanner and do a bug sweep.
Question: I can hear and talk to the people ( neighbors) who have bugged my house for four years. The police do nothing. I don't even know them, and I have no clue as to why they do it. I am 73 and scared. I don't know how to test my suspicions. What am I to do? Are they going to kill me?
Answer: They aren't going to kill you. Just because you are 73 doesn't mean you can't take some action. The cheaper bug scanners are easy to use, and if you can't work it out, ask someone to help. You are using a computer so that you can use a scanner. If you have a computer and cellphone, you can record the 'conversations.'
You must record all occurrences of harassment. Keep a written log.
Question: I'm pretty sure a PI is using a combination of Logitech Alert connected to the electric wiring system, with the Security Spy program running it all. When I used one of those spy apps, all the electric outlets went off the charts. My router was clicking for weeks, and then cord exploded. When the cable guys came to test all the jacks, they were all grounded. How do I document and expose this?
Answer: Like I tell everyone, you have to keep photographic proof. Take photos of the readings on your spy device detector. Record the router clicking, and take a picture of the damaged cord. You can also make written notes of the incidents, but it's best backed up by photos and recordings.
Question: Is there someone I could hire to come to the house and check for devices and possible spyware on computers?
Answer: You would have to check security services in your area. Look for a small one-man business to keep costs down.
Question: I sometimes hear a background phone conversation, and see a flashing light or hear a slight static sound every now and then. I also feel vibrations now and then. My husband says I'm just imagining things due to past trust issues. Is there a way to determine this?
Answer: All the answers are in the article above. You can use a spy detector to track down any hidden electronic devices.
However, your husband is obviously not being supportive regarding your fears. Ask him to sit down to have an open and honest conversation, that is if you think he has anything to do with the occurrences.
Question: How do you tell if you have audio implants in your tooth or jaw, and how do you get them removed?
Answer: You can only set your mind at rest if you visit an orthodontist and get x-rays done. However, I can 99% promise you that you don't have any implants. Such a procedure is intricate, extremely costly and highly unlikely.
I have heard of people who have amalgam fillings hearing radio broadcasts through their teeth. Perhaps that's what is happening to you?
Question: When you say "stiff lock," does that mean it has been tampered with? Do I have to remove the lock to find a device?
Answer: Remove the lock only if it feels different. Of course, locks can work themselves loose over time, but if you notice that it suddenly feels stiff or loose, it may have been tampered with. For some reason, hollow door handles are often chosen for spying devices, probably because most people wouldn't think to look there.
Bear in mind that the use of such devices is becoming more infrequent, given that technology has made it far easier to install spying apps on phones and smart TVs.
Question: How do you look for trackers in a garage that's packed with junk?
Answer: Well, most high-quality bug sweepers have a good enough range to cover a whole garage from the door. However, if yours is one that requires you to get closer to the walls, then there's no solution other than to clean out the garage. It's a good reason to get it done.
Remember that if there is any electronic equipment in there or anything with batteries, then it could cause a false reading.
Question: My mail box has been broken into. My car has been damaged for months. I gave up trying to fix it because when I do it is damaged again. Today someone stole my coffee cup from the library when I walked away for 2 minutes. I paid my electric bill yesterday and found out I'm using 50% more electric than my neighbors. Could it be a stalker?
Answer: Only you can determine if someone is stalking you. Keep a written record of every thing that happens. Photograph any damage to your property. Think about installing a small surveillance camera.
The electricity thing is a separate issue and you need to find out if one of your neighbors is stealing power from you. It is easy to do, so get it checked out.
Question: How can I find out what's connected or recording? My smoke detector randomly beeped and the printer shut off one night. Today my soon-to-be ex-husband goes to the basement and all of a sudden the smoke detector upstairs starts beeping. I believe he hardwired something. He's an electrician.
Answer: Use the tips given in the article above. Try looking around in the dark for tiny camera lights (don't get them confused with the normal smoke alarm lights). Test him by making a fake call on your phone and mention something that you are going to do after the divorce - make it up... like a course of study or a trip or something - and see if he asks you about it. Once he leaves, do a complete scan of the home to check for devices.
Question: I keep hearing this clicking sound in my apartment. Could there be a camera in here?
Answer: There is very likely to be a normal cause for this. Try moving around your apartment and turning every electrical switch off. Fridge, air con, everything. If the clicking stops then you know it is caused by one of your appliances. If it doesn't, try to track down the location of the noise.
Question: How often should you sweep for spy trackers in your home?
Answer: Sweeping for spy trackers depends on whether you think people have had access to your home. For instance, if your landlord has a key to your apartment, then it's worth checking every couple of weeks.
Remember, these days, it's less likely that actual devices are installed and more common for wifi connected equipment to be hacked. For instance, some smart TVs are fitted with microphones and cameras. Consult the manual or contact the manufacturer to find out how to disable them. Think twice about purchasing any smart home devices, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home if you are already a target of stalking and spying.
Question: I've found out I'm being spied on and I collected some of the cameras. But when I slept he took them, and no one believes me now. What else can I do?
Answer: Who is 'he'? You know who he is, so report him. Install a camera of your own and collect evidence that he's snooping around.
Question: Will law enforcement watch someone just for using drugs?
Answer: I would guess if they think you might be dealing, they will take an interest in you. In the UK, they tend not to bother just for people who use drugs, but they come down very hard on dealers.
Question: When my TV is off the pin light flashes. Is it a bug?
Answer: It may simply be static. There is power flowing if it is still connected to the mains supply even when the TV is off. You might be able to hear tiny crackling sounds as well.
If you have a Smart TV, it may have a built-in camera that is activated. Check your user manual.
Question: Do microchip implants such as an RFID CHIP work on the same principles?
Answer: That's a whole other topic. RFID chips have a much more limited range than GPS devices, so the RFID scanner would need to be in range (depending on the capability of the particular devices). Currently, the most powerful RFID tracker only has a range of 500 yards.
RFID trackers are useful for things such as tracking kids in a school environment, or finding a lost dog in the woods, but not for long range monitoring. Not yet, anyway.
What RFID chips *can* do is store data. They can track your purchases and store information about your day-to-day habits or medical records.
Question: If someone thinks it's OK to monitor you without your knowledge and passes the data to others, what are the safest steps for taking legal action? If you use detection devices to discover hidden surveillance, wouldn’t a judge or court conclude you had definitive notions to report incidents sooner? My concern is how this usually happens.
Answer: It depends where you are in the world and everywhere has different harassment laws.
Using detection devices to gather proof of harassment is perfectly fine. If it went to court, you wouldn't be the person on the stand; the defendant would be. And, as long as you didn't cause harm to them, you will be treated as a witness.
As to the judge questioning why the incidents weren't reported sooner, well, you can't report it if you have no proof. As I say, check your local laws and regulations for clear guidance. Every police department has some kind of online presence, so take a look at their website. There are also many national resources for victims of stalking and harassment. They will also have legal information available and possibly a helpline.
Question: I am not an over paranoid person however, I have determined that I am under surveillance by someone. I find doors unlocked, have cars following me, etc. If I use a camera device monitored via cell phone can't that individual simply turn off my wifi through the router and enter my home without my knowledge?
Answer: The only way to find out is to try it. Make sure you have the highest security settings on your router or choose a camera (or preferably multiple cameras) that can be accessed by cell rather than wifi. I am not familiar with this kind of camera, but if you can find a local security company, they will be able to advise on the right equipment. Also, make sure to film any vehicles or other unusual activity.
Question: What are some smartphone bugging apps to look for on my phone?
Answer: There are too many to narrow it down to just a few. Follow the guidelines in the article.
Question: How can I block devices used by neighbors in their homes listening to my conversations?
Answer: You haven't said how you know they are doing this but, firstly, if you can prove this is happening, then report them. It also depends on how far away from them you are. If your properties share adjoining walls, then it is possible. If they are across the street, it is unlikely they can listen to you. Install a security camera on the outside of your property, pointing in their direction. Look into setting up some kind of white noise blocker at the nearest wall or window - you can do this easily with a radio or a device playing an appropriate YouTube video (there are lots of them that play for hours at a time). It doesn't have to be really loud but it will ensure that your conversations are indistinct. Make sure any important private discussions take place in your home as far away from the neighbor's property as possible.
Question: The IT guys in my apartment complex are hacking into the ATT UVerse TV and internet. I have reported it to management, but they are not tech knowledgeable, and don't know what to do. Also, I'm not so sure that some of them aren't also part of the issue. Same with ATT customer service; they are not tech knowledgeable, or they just don't want to help because that would admit they have a problem. What should I do?
Answer: Well, this article isn't about hacking, but I would suggest you express your concerns to ATT via Twitter. Making it public always seems to provoke a reaction. Just keep names and addresses out of it.
Question: Is it okay to be followed every time you leave home, or even when in your own house, by drones? My husband and I found a GPS tracking device behind the back bumper of our vehicle and a bug in our a.c. vent that was connected to the lighter. What should we do to find out who installed it?
Answer: It's unlikely you will find out who put the devices there. As you have evidence - make sure you film the drones as well - you have enough to take to the police. If they can't help, contact a local property security company and ask them if they can do a full scan of your home and vehicles. Meanwhile, ask yourselves who would benefit from knowing your movements. Also, try not to leave your home unoccupied.
Question: Where do I go to get help with a stalker?
Answer: I have another article dealing specifically with stalkers. There are links there that can guide you to get help. https://owlcation.com/social-sciences/Somebody-is-...
Question: Can electronic equipment such as speakers and cell phones give a distorted reading?
Answer: Any electronic equipment and devices should be disconnected or removed from the room before you carry out a bug sweep. You need to start 'clean' otherwise, you'll get false readings all over the place.
Question: Do you have to alert law enforcement before you get your home checked for listening devices?
Answer: No, it's your home, so you can check for devices whenever you want to. You really need to collect proof that your home is being bugged or watched before you go to the police. If you find something, then take the evidence to them.
Question: Is there any way to tell if someone you're having a live conversation with has their phone recorder turned on and recording? Lately, a couple of people at the office recorded a colleague's conversation without his knowledge and then spread it out causing him a great embarrassment after which he had to quit his job.
Answer: No, there's no way of telling if someone is recording you. They may simply be using a recording app, or even just holding their cell phone up close to a landline phone. The best thing is always to keep it in mind before you speak.
Question: I have a neighbor who is schizophrenic. I think he has a listening device placed outside my home to hear us inside. How can I find this device?
Answer: If you follow the advice given in the article you should be able to locate it -- probably a bug sweeper will be sufficient. I guess you must be on talking terms with him to suspect he is spying on you? One way to tell if he has bugged you is to have a conversation inside your home about something that you would not normally talk about. Let's say you start talking about going on a cruise or something. Keep talking about it. Make plans. Pretend it's really happening. Then if he repeats the information back to you, you know for sure he's listening. If he doesn't mention it, try something else. Talk about a new car or having work done on the house. See what happens. If he never repeats any of this stuff back to you (or via another neighbor), then your fears are unfounded. You can rest easy.
Question: What specific devices can I buy to check for bugging that are proven to work without issues?
Answer: Most issues with bug detectors are because they are sensitive to other devices in the vicinity. In other words, they are over-accurate. When bug sweeping, make sure to unplug all electrical appliances. Remove computer equipment if possible. If your walls are shared with a neighbor, ask them if they would turn off their electrical equipment for a few minutes.
When purchasing bug detectors, go by the best customer reviews.
Question: My husband uses old cell phones to record me all the time with apps that he downloads online. It is really creepy and starting to freak me out. It's ruining our marriage. He has recorded hours of me doing nothing but studying or watching TV. How can I find if he has more hidden and what can I do about it?
Answer: I think you need to address the fundamental problems within your marriage. There's no point trying to track down the devices he is using because as soon as you find them, he'll install more. Reading what you wrote above, it seems to me that you both need counseling, where he could perhaps explain why he feels so insecure that he needs to behave like this. You also need to decide if you can live with someone who is capable of invading your privacy in this way.
Question: Can I hire someone to do a scan of my home to see if there are any hidden listening devices?
Answer: I don't know where you are so can't tell you for sure. Have a look in your area for security companies that specialize in electronic devices. They will be able to advise.
Question: At my friend's home, our cell phones had blank pauses and made low toned chirps sounding like old school fax lines. What could cause that?
Answer: If your cell phones were near each other or near another piece of electronic equipment, then the sounds are normal EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) interference. It happens when the frequencies of the two (or more) devices are similar or the same.
Question: I hear a buzzing noise in my home. Is it a bug?
Answer: I don't know, you would have to switch off all appliances, chargers, and lights, then switch them back on one by one. If, when everything is turned off you can still hear the buzzing, you might consider doing a bug sweep.
Question: I am being electronically harassed on a physical level remotely by an ex landlord. What can I do?
Answer: Follow the advice given in the article. You need proof; physical or digital evidence. So screenshots, photos, recordings. Also keep a written log of every incident.
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Share Your Experience of Being Bugged...
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 26, 2020:
Hi Eric, there are lots of suggestions in the article and in the comments section.
Eric on August 25, 2020:
Hello, so i have a problem
I have a stalker who wont leave me alone. I am convinced he bugged my phone but im not sure how to tell. He sends me texts of exactly what im doing, what im wearing, what im saying, and knows my exact location. Im scared because this is the same guy who did it before and its getting really life threatening at this point. What do i do?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 28, 2020:
Hi Jicky, close the lid and just throw a towel, or place a cardboard box, over it. If he finds it like that, just say you felt uncomfortable and would he please leave it in his room.
Jicky on July 28, 2020:
Hello, I have a question.
I believe my roommate may be spying on me while he's at work. His laptop is always sitting on the counter facing the living room and is always on, but locked. Is it possible that his camera is turned on? He knows things that he shouldn't know. And if it is possible, how can I find out for sure? If I can get on his computer, what should I look for?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 21, 2020:
Thanks, Nate. It's not a nice experience and can leave you doubting your own sanity. My stalking experience happened too long ago to have access to the affordable security available today. However, his last contact was only about five years ago :/
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on May 21, 2020:
This is very interesting. I read your other articles on this subject too, because I find it fascinating and useful. I'd also doubt my own sanity and doubt that this whole spying thing occurs if it weren't for the fact that I've actually been spied on before. Won't go into detail about it but at any rate it's true. And much of what you say in these articles are relatable to me, because of my experiences. I'm going to make sure I have these methods of detecting spying devices available just in case.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 13, 2020:
Niles, I cannot approve comments with personal contact details. There is a ton of information here, in the article, questions, and comments. The best thing to do is to contact a professional IT or security expert in your locality. Ask them to come and do a sweep of your home.
Kbrightab on July 08, 2019:
Thank you for creating this article, it has a lot of great information and solutions. I'm going to contact a cyber forensic service and electronic repair service so I know that everything will be secure. Have a nice summer, best of luck and success to those going through this.
Kbrightab on June 24, 2019:
I have read a similar solution to this problem online as well. Thank you so much for the advice. I can't wait to properly get rid of this person.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 15, 2019:
Awful story, Kbrightab. I hope you can get this sorted. Wouldn't a complete replacement of all your broadband equipment make a difference. He's got to you via your router, so a new router with a new IP address should solve the problem?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 13, 2019:
I'm sorry, Alex, I have never heard of this either. What you describe sounds as though it could be some form of psychosis. I really think you should consider getting some advice from a professional - perhaps your doctor can help?
AlexZ on May 13, 2019:
Here is what i feel is a special case for you. I have been dealing with this for the past 3 years.
As it stands a technology is listening in to everything i do. It sees everything I see. It speaks to me like it is coming through my head or in front of me. It has the ability to push words through my mouth. At one point it felt like it stripped me of my memories on a nervous system level and it speaks them back to me throughout my day along with what I see. They are able to direct my mind to specific thoughts or past memories, although I am in control of my conscious mind. They are in control of, and supress my subconscious/unconscious mind. They consistently tell me how they are in control, which now lights fire in me to take action.
It is definitely a very advanced piece of technology. I have called around many places to inquire about such technologies/occurences and every one is left puzzled.
Any thing similar you have ever come across?
Kbrightab on May 11, 2019:
Great information, it's important to learn and be aware of this when you're being stalked. I'm being stalked by a remote hacker and it's been going on since 2014. Long story short in 2014 I wasn't aware of hacking and didn't even know about it. It all started on a social website, I made one comment on the users page and that's all it took. A stranger on the internet became fixated on me and decided to hack, monitor and stalk me. Once I noticed the unusual content on this users page I quit going on the website and found it strange that he would post content in relation to what I did online. He harassed me in any way online, creating numerous fake profiles to inteact and message me on social websites. He hacked my cell phone, internet router, and my laptop. Over the years I read up on hacking and what hackers can compromise, now I know that this person hacked any new cell phone I got through the router. I reported this to the police twice but they need more evidence. I screenshot the fake profiles and the messgaes, but rarely go on the website now that I can't even chat with others knowing that the stalker is creating fake profiles. I don't want him to think that I want to chat or interact with him so I stay off. Most recently one of the fake profiles uploaded a picture that I had on one of my old cell phones, pretty creepy. I have a broken pair of headphones plugged into my laptop right now to hopefully prevent him from listening in through the mic. When a stalker knows how to hack, it's very frustrating. This person has access to everything, my photos, private information, emails. contacts, and my devices.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 28, 2019:
You need to carry out a physical search.
frinho on April 27, 2019:
My phone detected cameras and microphones in several places in my house using a magnetometer app. It shows same results on similar apps. Could it be a camera or microphone or is it some thing else.
I suspect someone is spying on me. I feel like someone is seeing my expressions almost all of the time! How can I make sure that it is a camera and not some metal.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 08, 2019:
Kick out your roomie and get your home 'cleaned'.
Mary Hoskins on February 07, 2019:
After renting a room to an individual that is a sound tech I started noticing strange differences in things that are electronically operated. The first eyebrow raising scenario was when I was attempting to send music from my old phone to my new phone via Bluetooth. When my new phone was searching for available devices a list of devices came up that wasn't names but were a sequence of mostly numbers in two by two formation; (for example, E5:57:99:23:19:5A) Then I starting walking through my house scanning for available Bluetooth devices and each and every room in my house revealed a list of available devices; however, when I tried to connect to the device I would say "can't communicate." The next eyebrow raiser was when I was gone overnight I returned not noticing immediately but my garage door wall mounted opener had a light on it that was now a fast blinking light. I said, "what the f~~k!!!" Of course my new roommate didn't know why the light was now blinking. The next eyebrow raiser was when I found applications on my cell phone that I didn't download and when I attempted to open each application it would deny me entrance stating I don't have any application to support the application. There's more strange occurrences; however, I don't want to assume any of these occurrences are signs of surveillance. But I believe it is.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 08, 2019:
Install one or two motion detector cameras in your home. They are not expensive.
lisa burke on January 08, 2019:
I have been being stalked and robbed for at least 2 yrs now. I figured out who is involved but I cannot prove it. He breaks into my home when Im away, follows me. bugs my home and listens to my conversations then leaved me evidence in my car just to make sure I know hes watching me. I cannot ever tape him because he always knows what Im doing. police wont help, what do I do
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 22, 2018:
Yes, use a File Explorer app (you may have one already loaded on your phone). Check for anything that shouldn't be there. That means checking what was pre-loaded and apps you have added.
Penelope on December 22, 2018:
Hello, Is there a way to find out if a listening software was loaded onto my SIM card?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 12, 2018:
Same here, Poppy. Talking to the dogs and vacuuming with headphones on. Thanks for reading... and I can't take all the credit - hubpro editor Joanna made a great contribution.
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 12, 2018:
How scary and sad for people to be terrified they're being watched. This is an excellent, well-detailed article, very useful to find hidden cameras and spyware, which isn't always easy to find without help.
If people spied on me, they'd likely be weirded out since all I do when I'm alone is sing and pick my nose.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 26, 2018:
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 25, 2018:
It's all on the page, Genevieve. Also check out the Q&As. Obtain evidence. Get yourself a scanner. It definitely sounds like something's going on.
GenevieveElizabet on April 25, 2018:
My husband and I are virtually certain that we are being listened to, both at our winter residence and a small summer cottage. Many things that we have talked about either come up missing or are damaged, conversations that are private are known to the people we feel are doing this. We have examined all outlets and other places. We occasionally hear something that "whirrs" or reminds one of a tape player ending after a CD ends. Most noticeable is in a large leather chair and near our kitchen/both of which are within feet of each other. The other place is my bed pillow where I've heard a "ticking" noise like a watch, but I don't wear a watch. I am suspicious that it is a voice activated bug and when I snore, it transmits sound letting them know I'm asleep or when we talk it records. We've been broken into multiple times at night, our alarm system circumvented somehow. Police are aware. Friends think we are cuckoo but the magic marker on a new piece of furniture, damaged appliances and missing family heirlooms says we aren't. Advice?
Li-Jen Hew on April 14, 2018:
Hello Bev. Useful article that keeps us on the look out for spy devices! It raises awareness. If I ever find any spy device in the house, will return to this page. Thanks for sharing! :)
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 30, 2018:
Hi Marilyn, they are small electronic devices. Usually tiny. You are unlikely to find it without a bug detector which allows you to home in on its precise location.
The most common form of bugging is a hidden app on your phone.
Marilyn on March 29, 2018:
I have been feeling like someone is staring at me all the time. Husband acting strange and was installing different light in closet and removed ceiling fan parts when nothing wrong with them. Telling me info I haven’t told him. I’m coming into money and I’m keeping it like he did his inheritance and not helping on bills. What am I looking for? I have no idea what a camera or voice bug looks like. Thanks in advice for all your info.
maddog on March 14, 2018:
i live in a rv/mh park and i am being listened to, and recorded inside my rv by at least 1 of my neighbors if not more and this has been going on since late 2016 or early 2017, i have a bug detector/tracer and i frequently sweep my trailer when i get these certain signs , from high pitched beeping inside, noises squealing in my ears , and obvious attitude and actions like rocking my trailer at all hours that coincide with doors opening, muffled voices outside, even think management is involved or possibly the cause of this. im no idiot, and a very observant person and i feel i know who as well as why some of these individuals are doing this. i love where i live as well as the park and 98% of the people who live here, which a large percentage are only here up to 6 months a year.i lived here 5 years and i have brought this of the attention of management on at least 2 occasions, and to 2 different managers both of which have lived here a shorter time then me. i only reported it again after we lost the first manager to an earlier death.That manager i never felt was involved and who showed genuine concern when i reported it to them, the 2nd one told me 'i know there not involved, ive known them to well', but ive been living here 3 years longer then this manager, and 4 longer then the people i suspected and mentioned,which live in another country and arrived a year apart The park is owned by a corporation that owns many parks like it throughout the state and frown on renter owner contact, leaving all complaints to be handled by management. I really dont want anyone to get in trouble i just want it to end. I am disabled as well as indigent and cant afford to take actions like attorneys/ private detectives / or do i want to try calling the authorities again, which i did once and was no one can shake that trailer its to big (35ft travel trailer on wheels and tires) and threaten to take me to jail the first time i called. i dont have a good track record with the law , i was charged and convicted of cultivation of marijuana 20 years ago so i am a felon. Any suggestions ??????
Kristy on March 09, 2018:
This information is very informative. I am thankful that it is available for people like me who are being stalked but cant afford to have my house debugged. 6 months this has been going on. And I am DONE. My stalkers WANT me to know they are there.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 03, 2018:
That's weird. Have you tried resetting your phone to factory settings? It's a pain but may sort it out.
Twitter? Well, personally, it's not so important to me, so I'd close the account and set up a new one. However, if you need it as is, I'm not sure what you can do. Take care x
Anna Mouse NJ on February 03, 2018:
Bev, thank you for settling my nerves.
This isn't the only thing that happened. I was added to over 350 middle eastern twitter accounts. 350. Not 1 or 2. I'm a white, past middle aged woman working in IT. My phone turns the camera on by itself (so i covered the lens), and I'll wake up in the morning to find it was checking the weather in Turkey.
Theres no one in my immediate circle who would play these type tricks on me, so finding the playback added to my concern.
I'll figure out the voice recording cache and turn it off.
Thanks for the help. Anna
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 03, 2018:
Anna, it's possible that when you previously used whatever device is connected to your BT headset, you inadvertently enabled voice record. If your phone (or whatever device) is voice activated, you may have spoken the wake-up word, which is why it began replaying.
Use appropriate software to clean up your device history and cache.
Anna Mouse NJ on February 02, 2018:
Strangest thing. My bluetooth heaset was sitting on my desk, and I heard voices coming out. It was playing back conversations I had with my husband from last week.
Ok this is scary, outrageous, probably illegal, not to mention stupid.
I think it means there is a recording and playback device in my house. It was about a week ago that I had the conversations it was playing back, so the bug has storage for a weeks worth of audio. What do I do now?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 09, 2018:
If you have located evidence, Pat, take it to the police. Get a handyman in and ask him to remove the devices, but first photograph them in situ. What went in, can come out. As mentioned, keep records, logs, photo evidence, video evidence, recordings. Fight back.
Pat on January 09, 2018:
Hi! I know I'm being monitored, don't know why but I am. One morning I took a step on my rug and there was a click coming from my wall, I stood stood on the same spot , nothing!, until I took another step forward. I sat myself on the back of my sofa and started to randomly press down in different places with my feet, the same thing ( loud clicking noise coming from the wall near to the cable, which has been fitted outside with a white covering in my home. Now I've noticed every room I go into it's like I've broken a beam as the same clicking sound happens. I've used an RF detector and it's picked up quite a lot . There's bleeping in numerous places, I know who's doing it, I know who they are. The only thing I can think of is they want to break into my house. One night I was in but my lights were off, I heard a squeaking sound on glass then it sounded like someone had scored glass like a glass cutter. I moved off my sofa slightly to hear a man say either ( She's in or Someone's in. After that the clicking got worse. If it's the Police snoop away, but I know it isn't and myself and some others who live opposite say they've got a strong suspicion of him and them. Can you tell me what they are using in my home from maybe outside to monitor me. As I've noticed quite a few small holes in my concrete outside where the beeping is coming from.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 30, 2017:
HF, she must obtain some kind of proof. She could install a few hidden security cameras in her own home, as well as outside on the property. Get a bug detector, as suggested above, to check the house and vehicle. She should keep a log of every incident and describe in detail or record the flashes and vibrations. Once she has a substantial body of evidence linking the disturbances to her neighbors, she can go to the police.
HF on November 30, 2017:
A friend is being “tormented” by some neighbors after she made a (warranted) complaint to their estate agent. They have been inside her house, moved things, she now sees flashes of light, hears clicking noises, is convinced they are tracking her car as they turn up where she goes. She gets “zapping” sensations and feels vibrations When trying to sleep (she is not insane as we have seen the flashes and heard the clicks) we have looked and found nothing, she had a PI look around house and found nothing, though was more interested in getting his $ than anything. Any suggestions? She isn’t sleeping and is being forced to go and stay elsewhere just to get a night’s sleep. Police have been notified but of course can’t do anything without proof. They also fly a drone over her house at night.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 25, 2017:
Borrow a portable radio, Target. If you have a cellphone and think it might be compromised, reset it. There are many suggestions in the article and in the comments.
Target of unlawful acts on September 25, 2017:
For someone that has no money to buy service's or devices to help detect hidden cams, mics and other things. Without going to the police where would anyone suggest to get help.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 18, 2017:
Toss the phone :)
Isla on September 18, 2017:
I just got this phone not long ago. No one can ever hear me, it started making a strange sound when connecting to people I'm calling, and most of my calls are attempting but not going through. I downloaded an app and it keeps say Mic recording detected.
How can i tell if it's one if my apps or someone else. I'm ready to toss the phone.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 31, 2017:
Are you sure it's not some odd acoustic effect, JL? Sometimes sounds and voices are carried by weird little air currents.
JL on August 30, 2017:
I have serious issue with some people that live near my house. It sounds like they are using a wireless listening device. I can hear them clicking on this machine.It sounds like it has a microphone on it because I can hear their voices. I want to find them down and call thee police on them. They are really being annoying and they really need to be locked up. I would like to know if anyone knows how to track these devices.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 30, 2017:
Sounds like an electrical fault, Mark. Phone an electrician for advice. Might need to get your household wiring checked.
Mark on August 30, 2017:
I have an unusual situation and I'm not sure if it's related to some type of bugging device. I have a ceiling fan that runs off of a remote and a night stand that has a small light underneath it. When I turn on the light for the ceiling fan the nightstand light comes on as well. this has just started to happen just a few days ago.
Jorge Vamos on July 30, 2017:
I strongly suspect that some of the people commenting on this article have paranoid schizophrenia. I have a friend with this disease; it can distort reality to such an extent that you end up suspicious that everyone is part of a "conspiracy" against you.
For anyone who is reading this: If you feel like you're constantly being monitored no matter where you go (even if you move), or that complete strangers frequently make comments about your private life even though they would have no way of knowing, then please see a psychiatrist.
It could be that you're actually having auditory hallucinations that people are talking about you. These paranoid hallucinations can seem extremely real to the point that most people who have them are convinced that the problem is external. There is treatment for this, though.
Even if you are really being monitored constantly, it's worth going to a mental health professional just to rule this out.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 06, 2017:
Voyeur, I expect, JB.
JB on July 06, 2017:
My landlord is so sneaky. I have no idea why he would want to put a listening device in my apartment but too many things happened that caused me to be suspicious he had one in there. I tried something suggested by another tutorial using a cell phone to pick up RFs..instructing one to use a cell phone by waving it around in an area that one my be located. I got positive results inside my tv cabinet (my cell phone clicked loudly). I did this once in the middle of the night and then again in the early morning I got the same response. That's the only place in the apartment that responded in my search. I suspect he also had a camera because early evening I left my apartment to run some errands and when I arrived back home (a couple hours later) I checked again and the loud clicking was gone. He must have seen me via camera and entered my apartment while I was gone. He has avoided me like the plague since that time. It's so creepy and disturbing. I have no idea why he'd want to spy on me.
Stanberryharold@gmail.com on July 02, 2017:
Thanks I'm a victim, my stepfather has monitored me and I down loaded a buging device finder and I found 2 places in my place I rent off him so he has access and I think he did it before I moved in hear there is also a GPS device I have to find on my truck, and my Neighbors know things they aren't supposed to know. My situation is very very bad but your article really really help me out a whole lot and I'm going to be able to get to the bottom of this especially before I move thank you very much for your article and I'm sure you've helped a lot of people.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 29, 2017:
Read through some of the suggestions in the comments here, JD. Something may chime with you.
John Doe on June 28, 2017:
I know someone is bugging me because when i walked to living window both of my neighbors porch lights come on,they come outside when i go outside and my conversation are being leaked.Its no way in hell someone should know what im saying and doing in my house.I used a spy detector and it beeps by the icebox and the medicine cabinet but i don't see anything odd.Any advice?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 27, 2017:
"Someone has been breaking into my Apt for over a year now. Now for the past month there has been a constant buzzing noise that is driving me crazy. It gets louder than my TV at times. When I mute the TV & turn everything off to try & find it, I never can. After yelling at it to shut up it slowly subsides for awhile but then comes back on. I also checked all my mirrors with a flashlight & every mirror in my place had a spot that was so bright you couldn't look there. I know there is a hidden camera in here somewhere I just haven't found it. Any suggestions?"
Hi Deborah, why don't you install a hidden camera? Also use a bug detector to locate hidden devices. Remove your mirrors to check behind them. Keep a record of everything untoward and also make a recording of the buzzing sound. I'm going to delete your message as you have included your email address, and that is never a good idea :)
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 13, 2017:
"a stalker is a "he?""
Yep, in most cases. Mine was definitely a 'he'. https://mainweb-v.musc.edu/vawprevention/research/...
... on June 12, 2017:
a stalker is a "he?"
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 31, 2017:
Great questions ADA. I'm not sure about devices placed in awkward places in vehicles. I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of unobtrusive locations where most devices would work. In vehicles, it is usually a tracking device that is used, so it would depend a lot on the strength of the receiver.
I've had a quick search for electromagnetic disabling devices, but can't see anything. It's possible to shield against electromagnetic spying but that would interfere with many household appliances and internet access.
I do hope someone will be able to answer you better than I can :)
A.D.A. on May 31, 2017:
Great info and wow such a myriad of examples of intrusion. My query is related to automotive surveillance. With a high budget device, are transmissions possible from more solid metal areas like the engine block / tanks, or is newer technology still limited in this way? Also, are there any electromagnetic ways to disable existing devices in a home? Say, if it were newly purchased and empty of all electronic belongings?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 13, 2017:
Patricia, make sure you keep records of everything. Make notes, take videos, recordings, photos of any evidence at all. Also, and this is important... make sure you report it to the police - now. Even if there's nothing they can act on yet, at least they have a record. Stay safe.
Patricia Bagshaw on May 13, 2017:
Wonderful information. I'm being stalked and watched all the time. My home is constantly being broken into. My lights go on and off all the time. I don't have control of my cameras they shut them off to reprogram them. They're spraying poison on me and my property. I can't do anything until I get a photo of them. So they're slowly killing me while they're in complete control.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 13, 2017:
Try resetting your phone, Pam. Also run a malware scan on any computers you have in the house. Test who seems to be listening to you by talking and emailing about some random thing that people wouldn't automatically connect with you. Something like, "I thought I saw a ghost in my kitchen". Then see who mentions it to you. Also, are you sure it's not because you are sharing on FaceBook or elsewhere?
Pamela Wallis on May 12, 2017:
People seem to know what I'm saying on my my home, and its like I have my own you tube channel or something. No one I ask says anything other than they haven't seen anything on the internet . But something isn't right and I know it. But can't prove it. I have one of those hand held detectors and it doesn't show anything. I'm beginning to think I'm crazy!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 10, 2017:
Hi Maria, well it might be some kind of electrical interference, but if it is that, and it's that strong, it wouldn't be a healthy environment to live in. I think what I would do is firstly eliminate the possibility of the place being bugged, and you can do that simply with a cheap bug detector. Once you've reassured yourselves that the condo isn't bugged then you need to get whatever your version of environmental health (I'm in the UK and we'd call in the local council authority) to check the source of the static and maybe the electrical wiring. Perhaps an electrician could do the job? It's not something simple like nylon carpet, is it? That can play havoc with electric appliances because you are building static up in your body as you walk. Hope you manage to get it sorted soon.
Maria on May 09, 2017:
Hello Bev, I found the article very interesting and helpful. My sister lives in a condo first floor and she has been saying that she feels that someone (neighbors) is listening to her conversations at home along with static electrical shocks coming from her TV, microwave making sounds and digital clock flickering. After reading your article and the amount of people complaining about the same thing. I went ahead and did the test with the AM/FM radio and it was crazy to say I walked through the one bathroom, bedroom living room, her other bedroom and bathroom. Dinning room area but once I made it to the hallway we immediately heard the loud tone. As I walked to the kitchen are even higher were the microwave and refrigerator. Once I left the hallway into the living room it stopped. It was very scary at first and then a sense of okay to know that some kind of interference is going on. I guess my question is what do I do next know that I know we have some kind of interference. She is changed her passwords on phone and internet etc. She did go to the condo association and they said if she had some kind of evidence that the would investigate. How reliable is this test? Could this be sufficient to present? And I also did video tape it. Any assistance would be great at this time of distress. Thanks
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 16, 2017:
Good, Katy. Collect as much evidence as you can. Do a bug sweep. Can you be sure he hasn't ever had access to your phone? Also write down as much as you can remember about the physical abuse. In your dealings with the police etc. be calm and rational - it's so easy for a man to portray his partner as being emotional and paranoid.
Happy new beginning. I'm sure you'll be able to build a new life for you and the children.
Katy on April 15, 2017:
I escaped my violent husband. I have reason to believe he has bugged my living room. I hear high pitched sounds that aren't coming from the tv, and I know he wants to take the kids away from me. I have alerted the police.
Macmir on March 31, 2017:
I strongly suspect that the tenant above mine has somehow managed to install monitoring and listening devices in at least two of the walls. Devices are somehow slipped from top and buried in the walls. All our conversation are being heard and recorded. Several times we have observed the footsteps from above following us from one room to another.
Can someone guide me as to how can I detect the hidden microrphones or tracking devices in the walls
August46 on March 27, 2017:
I am definitely being listened to and watched,by a neighbor.This is my second time having this experience with a neighbor. My upstairs neighbor i believe has a listening device in her home.I know she listens to everything that goes on in my home,she follows me from room to room also,she doesn't realize i can hear her. Its a nightmare living like this when my lease is up i will be getting out of here ASAP.
Forgot to mention both of these issues has taken place living in a condo.Which pretty much is just apartment living.Can't wait to move,wish i could press charges on her.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 03, 2017:
There are links to Amazon in the article above, Ronnie. Many to choose from. You can read reviews and decide which one is right for you. Note: HubPages and I receive a small commission if you purchase.
Ronnie on January 02, 2017:
I know my soon-to-be ex-husband has been recording me. I found a device and confronted me. Now I believe he's gotten more sophisticated. Where can I purchase an inexpensive effective bug sweeper?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 29, 2016:
Hi M Naveen, you'd have to check the specification of various devices - use the question facility at Amazon. Most manufacturers, sellers and previous customers will be happy to help.
M Naveen on December 29, 2016:
Can a RF detector detect a self recording device? Which device would be apt for detecting both RF / Bluetooth / Wifi transmitting devices and also self recording devices ?? Please suggest...
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 16, 2016:
Surely a 'factory reset' would wipe off any illegitimate software/apps, Lorna? Only the original pre-installed phone apps would automatically reinstall. Everything else has to be done manually. However, by the sound of things, he's got you covered by all the other tech. Time to take a long hard look at your marriage and how you wish to proceed, perhaps? Please get this sorted out - you can't live like this. Hugs.
Lorna J on October 16, 2016:
I too, feel like my cell phone, tablets and landlines have been compromised. My cell phone was set-up by my spouse as well as the tablets. He's also very technical and is always on Google researching one thing or another. Under the apps section of my cell phone I see all those apps like Knox, Kies, and so many versions clock apps listed. There's other program that doesn't make sense to me, and I try to uninstall, but that option is not available, so force stop. I've wiped my cell phone and try to use a different Google account to set it up, but whatever he did at the initial set-up seem to take priority due the registered number.
Personal conversations I've had in his absence are being repeated when we have a disagreement. The phone at home seems to always have a issue with unexplained disturbances or unexplained silences. My cell use to go crazy, while I'm on a call it would get really hot, and a number of screen would just pop-up, it's like there are two account on my cell phone, the regular, and the other is it's ghost.
When I would tell him what was happening, he would say the phone need a new battery, he got the new battery, but still the phone gets really hot sometimes even though I haven't use it for long. In the past this wasn't happening, it all started last October, which is when I noticed some changes in him. Didn't know how to talk to me anymore, he would just snap, couldn't speak to me normally.
I went to my internet provider and I was told they can wipe and reinstall the software for the specific serial number, but it may not help, as it the same serial that was set-up originally. The sales person suggested that I get a new phone, but now it not a feasible time to do so, so I guess I stuck until I can get another phone, or is there to get the proof that my devices have been cloned?
Raquel on October 13, 2016:
I've suspected my home has been bugged since 2009. The things I say at home get repeated back to me at work and elsewhere. Thank-you for this information. I'll be looking into this.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 16, 2016:
On your phone, Kimberly. Since I wrote this hub several years ago, installing 'invisible' apps on people's cell phones is the #1 way to spy on them.
charlie lever on September 16, 2016:
I found out who was monitoring me by using the following method. Wait until the day after a lottery draw, then begin by using an online numbers checkeer. Start whooping and yelling and chattering about "I won!! I won!! I WON the freaking lottery! (Be sure to spend an appropriate amount of time checking and re-checking the numbers) Arrange ahead of time a close friend or confidant ( someone you ABSOLUTELY know 100% for sure isn't monitoring you) and call them to tell them the good news. You have to do your best acting to sound REALLY excited and genuine! Then, whomever starts to call you in the following days, (someone who normally wouldn't) and tries to get closer to you, you can almost be sure that they are the culprit!!!!
Kimberly 129 on September 14, 2016:
I just found out today my boyfriend was recording me some how. He played a recording of me talk to texting several different friends. My question is how? Could he have put a spyware in my phone? I could hear me talking but not the other party.
Christine on August 26, 2016:
You are being what's called organised stalking, organised neibourhood harassment. They can get into your home when you go out, with what seems like with a key because there is no forced entry. Google "Gangstalking". It will tell you more on these websites then I can explain on here. I have been targeted for at least 16 years. It is a living hell. It doesn't matter where you move to, you will find it follows you where ever you are. They have a gangstalkers website that they can only access to send out messages to all the Perps telling them where you are. And there is always one or two neighbors that monitor when you leave. Yes they have pin hole cameras installed through out home and car. I forgot to mention that there is electronic harassment to that is a hand held device they aim at you that does damage to your body and your mind. So please Google what I've told you and educate yourself about what's going on. We are experiments of the government, to see how much a person can take before they break. Stay safe. God Bless. I am trying to get this out to educate people while I still can. If there is any backlash to what I am saying, pay no attention to them, they are hired to watch what we write on the internet and make comments to down play it.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 24, 2016:
Joe, do a Google Image Search on listening devices - see if resembles any of them.
Joe on August 24, 2016:
Found small device attached to light on ceiling how do I know if it's a listening bug
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 07, 2016:
Hi Amana, you need to test this person (not sure why he/she is still a personal friend). Have conversations about moving home, changing jobs or getting a dog - something really specific. If any of this is repeated back to you then you can be sure this person is listening in. You also need to make sure your husband is not inadvertently giving out information.
If your home and/or car is 'bugged' it is likely your cellphone or tablet has been compromised. It is very easy to upload an app that makes use of the device's microphone. And if the so-called friend has had access to them at any time, then that's probably how they are getting their information.
Hope you get this sorted out.
amana on August 06, 2016:
I feel there z a bug in our car and home as one of our closest friends knows everything we are about to do and even personal conversations with my husband ! I need to know about a powerful gadget that could locate that voice transmitter as i have thoroughly searched my house but didn't find anything. My peace of mind is gone.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 04, 2016:
That's disconcerting to say the least, Clara! Do another similar note and set up some sort of remote camera so you can see what happens via your phone. Park your car a short distance away and monitor the house. If you manage to record the culprit, don't try to intervene, just call the police and show them the video evidence.
If there's nothing on video, you block the attic access by simply nailing some boards across it. Make sure you check bedroom ceilings for hidden spyholes and cameras.
Clara on August 04, 2016:
Hello, I think this is a very helpful page you have written. Recently, I have had this feeling that there is someone in my attic. (We never go up there it's full of fibre glass) I hear a footstep every now and then, at least a few footsteps coming from upstairs a day. So I go upstairs, check it out, nobody's there. I look under the beds, in the closet everywhere exept the Attic. I left a note on my bed saying "I know you're here" before I went to the grocerys one day. I got home and the note was on the laundry bin, below the attic. Have any ideas what's going on?
Renée on June 20, 2016:
I tried walking around with a FM radio but I don't think it worked because I couldn't find a clear channel . Odd that my husband knows if conversations that happen when he's not here. Any other suggestions?
Anonymous on June 15, 2016:
Very interesting! I've noticed that my phone makes noises when I'm not using it, and my Mac has been opened phsycally behind my back more than once. I've checked that in my login history. I've also heard a buzzing sound in my bedroom. Nobody at my college knows my password so this freaks me out! They know things they shouldn't, and I wonder if my colleagues are spying on me. I don't have anything to hide so their little game is completely unnecessary. I don't dare to tell anyone because I fear they would think I'm insane. What should I do? Thanks in advance!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 24, 2015:
Hi Lacey, all you can do for now is to make a note of 'odd' incidents, record any strange noises and perhaps video your cat. If these things continue for another month then read some of the advice already given here regarding bug detectors. If you can find proof then you can go to the police. Good luck.
Lacey on November 23, 2015:
I think my neighbour is bugging me I basically had to make a complaint about him which has resulted in him being suspended from his job pending investigations. My computer has been completely wiped and now needs to go in for repairs, it's a year old, my phone crackles a lot and I know for certain some of my calls are monitored due to my lads job. But in the last 2 weeks my cat has been acting up for no reason crying and scratching at doors. He's never done this before. What can I do.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 15, 2015:
So sorry to hear of your difficulties, Maegan. I think it's time you took some pro-active steps to deal with them.
1. Write down every incident that occurs. This will help you and any future inquiry.
2. Take photographic evidence whenever you can. License plates, strange people lurking around, etc. Use your phone and upload the pictures to a free Dropbox account. Copy them into another cloud storage service for extra security.
3. Carry out a bug sweep on your property - this will pick up microphones and cameras. You can purchase reasonably priced bug sweeping devices from Amazon. This will put your mind at rest if there are none and provide evidence if you do find any.
4. Unless you have committed a crime or taken part in any terrorist activity, then it is unlikely that the police are watching you. Think about all your activities in the past - could anything be misconstrued as terrorist involvement? Any emails, calls or messages that you made that could have been spied on?
5. Do a factory reset of your phone.
I have dogs and cats too and they do do weird stuff. It's normal - it might be a bird or someone doing DIY jobs some distance away. Water pipes make odd noises that can reverberate around a home. I don't mean that everything that's going on can be explained by normal things, but much of it can. Do your best to eliminate the normal stuff - otherwise it will all drive you nuts. Turn detective and find out what is going on with the rest.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 06, 2015:
Hi there, why don't you try a bug sweep just to put your mind at ease? These sweeper devices are reasonably priced and completely worth it for peace of mind. I can't believe that your family is being targeted by a whole group of people... maybe it's Law of Attraction?
Paranoid or Spied Upon on February 23, 2015:
The past few years, it seems as though our private conversations are being heard outside our home. We've searched our house and have found nothing, but it still keeps happening. I can't tell you how many times my parents have had conversations wondering about things happening around town and only a little while later they'll get a call from that person and they'll talk about what they've been speculating about. I know this sounds paranoid (believe me I know) but it's true. People around town always seem to know our private affairs and we can't seem to keep our secrets or opinions secret. My first thought was that someone in our home is a blabber but this seems to not be it. Your reasons for being spied on checklist above does not apply to us, so what can we do?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 29, 2014:
Hi Rebok, yes I believe it (iPad) can but you'd have to do some research on that. Have you checked the other side of the wall? Could it be coming from outside? It's probably happening at all times of day, but night and early morning are when you are more likely to hear it as there is less background noise. I have the feeling that this is one of those 'nuisance' noises rather than an actual bug.
Rebok argento on September 28, 2014:
I've been hearing a low pitched beeping sound from home. It seems to be at either night or early morning I didn't think much of until Lately. I only hear it in the kitchen or bathroom which are close to one another. I sat in the kitchen in silence and traced the sound to the back of the fridge. I ruled out the fridge by turning it off. Used a bug detector at the back of wall behind fridge and had a little detection. My iPad also looses battery life quickly and Internet very slow off network provider. Can the iPad be used as microphone?
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 22, 2014:
Hi Ann. No, you wouldn't be able to hear anyone. I think you probably heard distorted sound from outside entering via a ground-level vent? I get that from our chimney sometimes - it's quite odd.
Annbg on September 20, 2014:
If there is a hidden device in my home, is it possible to hear someone's voice if they are watching me? I bent over to pick something up and I am sure I heard someone whistle, then onetime it was a woman's voice but it was muffled as it said something as I was doing something. I have looked around but nothing I can see.
Tim Anthony on May 09, 2014:
Interesting article. I guess almost every device embedded with a camera can possibly be converted to a wireless security camera using some tricks and little hacks. That's terrible. What you suggested above regarding the detection of spy bugs is pretty nice.
Cynthianne Neighbors on April 26, 2014:
I was spied on by my now ex husband. I used the fm radio to find the bugs and he freaked out! LOL They were everywhere. I literally could not take a pee without him calling me from work and telling me what I was doing. He was very controlling. Of course the judge thought I was nuts when I told her he had the house bugged. I even had a letter from the phone company saying they had found a couple devices on the lines. I have to admit, I still smile at his reaction when I throughout a purse I had. hee hee a friend of mine and I found a device in it. It apparently cost him upwards of $600.00. They guy that was monitoring them for him stalked me for awhile too. ugh...if you find out your loved one is monitoring you, get out as fast as you can!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 05, 2014:
The law depends where you live, Willy. Here in the UK you can report a person for harassment (stalking) - if it can be proven. You can removed recording devices from your property, but unless you can prove who put them there, there's not much the police can do. Other evidence would be needed - records of phone calls, recordings of conversations, etc. Fifteen years after I had my stalker convicted, he still makes the odd phone call. Last time I found an anonymous messaging service and sent him a text saying his calls were being monitored and reported - that was last June (2013) and I haven't heard a peep since.
willy on March 04, 2014:
is it not illegal for a neighbor to do such things ad in these comments how can people get away with this stuff