If you have to guess, how safe do you think your iPhone is from intrusion? Apart from malware and phishing attacks, there are several other ways that cybercriminals can break your data. Your phone can also be spied on without you even knowing it.
Your personal conversations and text messages are not as secure as you think. Making online calls over a mobile network makes it even easier for cybercriminals. Tap or click here to schedule iPhone text.
Technology allows criminals to redirect your calls and texts to another number. They will only need a few seconds on your device and can access all your calls. Let’s see how you can see if someone is eavesdropping on your device.
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Criminals can hijack calls and text messages, but fortunately there is a way to stop them from stealing your data. You can use secret codes on your iPhone to find out if they are spying on you. Often referred to as “interrogation codes,” these exquisite short numbers can prevent something terrible from happening.
Before you go into details, if James Bond is spying on you, you may have bigger problems than hijacked phone calls. That said, there are ways the average person can listen on your phone.
One way is that criminals can exploit network provider Signaling System 7 (SS7) vulnerabilities. Here, the criminal uses a mobile network to listen to conversations. The LTE network can also be accessed via a software-defined radio.
However, the most effective method is to install spyware on your phone to listen to your conversations. Criminals will need access to your device. The most common way they get it is by infecting victims’ devices with malware.
The interrogation codes used on the iPhone will not be able to stop the SS7 from operating or if your LTE network has been hacked. But these codes will be able to tell you if your calls and text messages are hijacked.
To use these codes, dial them in the phone app on your iPhone. Then just press the call button. Here are the available codes:
- * # 61 # – Call forwarding when there is no answer
Several call divert options will be displayed by pressing * # 61 # on the keypad and pressing the dial key. To ensure that your calls are not forwarded to another number when they remain unanswered, Voice call forwarding and Divert data calls must be deactivated.
- * # 62 # – Call forwarding when unavailable
Call forwarding When unavailable is a network system that dictates what happens when your mobile device is turned off or there is no signal. By dialing * # 62 #, you can see if this is set. Voice call forwarding,, Divert data calls, and Divert SMS calls must be deactivated.
- * # 002 # – Divert all calls
If you’ve been waiting for calls but nothing seems to be working, you may want to check this setting. By typing * # 002 # on the keyboard and typing it, your device will display a list of all set forwarding conditions. Under normal circumstances, everything should be Disabled.
Other codes that may be useful are * # 21 # for unconditional call forwarding, * # 004 * for conditional call forwarding and * # 67 # to divert calls when busy or rejected.
All of these shortcodes work for GSM mobile networks, and services like AT&T or Verizon Wireless may have different numbers to dial.