However, there are people who has been spying on smartphones like reading text messages, emails, and even watching our movements.
Therefore, with the help of these codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your information and messages are protected and whether you’re being tracked.
Useful codes for smartphones:
- The James Bond Code
* For Android: *#*#4636#*#* or *#*#197328640#*#*
* For iPhone: *3001#12345#*
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 transmits 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, you can determine the location on the map of the basic station that your phone is 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.
How can you protect yourself from spies and criminals?
- Don’t install unknown programs on your phone.
- Don’t click on unsafe links, and don’t connect your phone to suspicious free charging points.
- Determine what information is safe to make accessible to all.
- Be careful when posting photographs of your children.
- Use messaging apps that are completely closed to outsiders, such as Chare, Telegram, Wickr, or Signal.
- Only your device operator should ever offer you tracking services, and they should only turn them on with your precise agreement.
- Applications and websites that offer to find out the location of other people are certainly acting with criminal intent.