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How to Find Out Who’s Tracking You Through Your Smartphone

Thu, 08 Mar by Pauline Relkey

Safety should always be our top priority. With the help of just a few short codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your messages and information are protected and whether you’re being tracked.

Bright Side has gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for smartphones all in one article, together with some instructions for those who’re worried about being tracked.

*#21# With this code, you can find out whether your calls, messages and other data are being diverted. The status of the different types of diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone’s screen. This function is most often set up by either jealous partners or parents who are trying to protect their kids from spam or criminals. Elderly people often become victims of this practice when they lend their phone to a stranger to make a single call. If they do so, they risk having information about where they live, who their friends and family are, their habits and daily activities and even their financial circumstances passed on to criminals. I just tried this and my screen showed the following message 4 times – Setting interrogation Succeeded. Voice call Forwarding on all calls Disabled. Dismiss.

*#62# Dial this code if you want to find out where calls, messages and data are being redirected to if it seems that no one can get through to you. The chances are in this case that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone company’s numbers. I tried this and my cell showed Setting Interrogation Succeeded Voice Call Forwarding When Unreachable Forward to +13065804001 Enabled. This took me to my voicemail and I had to then enter my password.

##002# This is a universal code for switching off all forms of redirection away from your phone. It’s a good idea to use this before you have to use roaming. In this case, money won’t be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail. I didn’t do this because I didn’t want to lose the call forwarding when I am on the phone or don’t answer because it is set up to go to voice mail.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
*#06# With the help of this code, you can find out your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). If you know this number, you can find your phone if someone steals it. When switched on, its location is automatically conveyed to the network operator even if a different SIM card is inserted. If someone knows your IMEI number, they can find out the model and technical characteristics of your phone. I tried it and it showed my IMEI number.
The James Bond code  Special codes exist that allow someone to track your location and also to determine whether someone is following you. For this, you need the utility net monitor. Type in one of the following codes:
for iPhone:*3001#12345#* I tried this but got an error message Error performing request. Unknown Error. Dismiss. So I can’t say if this works or not.
for Android:*#*#4636#*#* or *#*#197328640#*#*

Step 1. Go to the section called UMTS Cell Environment, then UMTS RR info and write down all the numbers under Cell ID. These numbers are the basic stations located nearby. Your phone will connect by default to the one that emits the best signal.
Step 2. Go back to the main menu and click on the MM info tab, then on Serving PLMN. Write down the numbers under Local Area Code (LAC).
Step 3. With the help of these two numbers and an ordinary website (the fourth tab to the left), you can determine the location on the map of the basic station that your phone connected to.
The ones to be suspicious of are mobile basic stations— this could be a truck or small bus with a large antenna. These kinds of vehicles are used at rock festivals and in places where Internet coverage is poor. If there’s one of them nearby, seemingly without any logical reason, it’s just possible that someone is engaged in spying.

If you use android, use anti virus software, you should periodically check your phone for viruses. PlaceRaider is one of the most dangerous ones that can infect your device. Developed by American experts, it was meant to show how vulnerable our devices are. Once it gets onto a phone, this Trojan takes a series of photographs of the surrounding area, creates a 3D model of the building you’re in and then takes advantage of any Internet connection to send the data that it’s gathered, adding along with it all the data on the phone and your passwords.

How do the secret services listen in? National security agencies in virtually all countries now cooperate with cell phone operators, who often provide the former with access to information on any of their customers provided they have a warrant from a court. As a minimum, they provide data from the last three months.
If your phone has been tapped by a security agency, the chances are you won’t even notice. If a phone makes odd noises during a conversation, loses battery power rapidly, overheats or unexpectedly restarts, this is merely an indication that you need to get it repaired rather than a telltale sign that you’re being listened to.
People generally don’t reveal all that much in phone conversations, so from the point of view of those who want to listen in it’s much more worthwhile to set up special devices (“bugs”) in someone’s home. Radio wave detectors can be used to work out whether such bugs are present in a building.

How can you protect yourself from criminals and spies?
Use messaging apps that are completely closed to outsiders, such as Telegram, Chare, Wickr, or Signal.
Determine what information it’s safe to make accessible to all. Should everyone really be able to find out your phone number or have access to information about your family, loved ones, or your lifestyle? Be very careful when posting photographs of children.
Don’t install unknown programs on your phone, keep close track of the apps you have installed, and use multiple security locks wherever you can. Don’t click on unsafe links and don’t connect your phone to suspicious “free” charging points.
Only your cell phone company should ever offer you tracking services and they should only turn them on with your explicit agreement. Websites and applications that offer to find out the location of other people are almost certainly acting with criminal intent. Be careful!

Based on materials from pikabu, droidgeek

Safety Checklist

Wed, 09 Nov by Pauline Relkey

With winter soon approaching (at least not today with temps of 19 degrees), we might have a little more time to think about safety features in our homes.

Smoke detectors

Whether it is law or not, there should be smoke detectors in every building. Does every floor have a smoke detector? Are there additional ones in sleeping areas? Test the detectors regularly. Change batteries twice a year.

Carbon monoxide detectors

Do you have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home? Test the detectors regularly.  Change batteries twice a year.

Home security

Do you have solid locks on doors and windows?   Outdoor light sensors?  Timed indoor lights?  Installed home alarm system?

Fire extinguishers

Its always a good idea to have 1 or 2 fire extinguishers in the home.  Have one in the kitchen (especially when I try to cook). Have another in the garage. Does everyone in the household know how to use them? Are they functional? Are they expired?

Safety education

Teach your family about the importance of home security and fire safety. Ensure they know how to use preventative safety equipment. Do they know how to call 911 in case of an emergency? Design and review an escape plan for all potential situations. If you live in a 2 storey home, do you have a collapsible ladder nearby?

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Real estate agent held at gunpoint during showing

Mon, 27 Apr by Pauline Relkey

Police: Man handcuffed and threatened agent before letting her go

A female real estate agent who was kidnapped and held at gunpoint by a man while showing a model home in Sacramento County, California was released frightened but unharmed.

The man pulled out a gun while touring the home, handcuffed and threatened the agent and then let her go before driving off, Chris Trim, public information officer at the Elk Grove Police Department, told Inman.

The woman then flagged down a security guard driving through the area and was taken to a nearby store, where she contacted police Thursday afternoon, The Sacramento Bee reported.

“Obviously, it was a traumatic experience, but physically she’s fine,” Trim said about the woman.

On Thursday, investigators were at the home, which is being treated as a crime scene, The Sacramento Bee said.

The agent was showing a model home in a new development called “Fireside at Madeira,” which is being built by KB Homes, according to FOX40 News.

KB Homes did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told FOX40 News in a statement that “the safety and well-being of our homeowners and employees is extremely important” to the company, and that “we applaud the onsite security for acting quickly and we will continue to work with law enforcement to aid in their investigation.”

Trulia’s listing page on the development rates all the nearby schools as at least “above-average,” and hands the area a crime grade of “lowest.”

Trim recommends that real estate agents follow the department’s holiday shopping guidelines.

Among them: Make sure people know where you’re shopping and don’t shop by yourself.

“That same logic would carry over to” showing homes to a stranger, he said.

“You know just kind of common-sense things,” he added. “I would think that agents and broker companies would have at least two employees working to make sure there was some type of emergency protocol in place if there was a situation where they were confronted.”

But that might not always be the case.

News of the incident comes in the wake of the kidnapping and slaying of Beverly Carter, who was also apparently abducted while showing a home by herself.

Her death has sparked calls for real estate agents to adopt stricter safety precautions and even inspired some to enroll in self-defense classes.

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So remember people, if I want to see your drivers license, humor me.

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