The 5 bugs that could be in the room with you right now and how to flush them out
Surveillance is not something that many people tend to worry about, but if a suspicion enters your head that your home or car has been bugged it can be hard to get it out. Here are just 5 of the common bugs people tend to worry about:
GPS vehicle trackers
While not technically in the room with you, a GPS tracker could be on the vehicle you use every day. These discreet devices are hard to spot if you're not looking for them, being disguised as something inside the vehicle or placed out of sight on the outside. Cars have many different parts, making it impossible to check everywhere. Once fitted, these trackers could be keeping a record of your vehicles movements, as well as tracking live.
These devices are hard to spot unless you know to look for them, either integrated into the handset itself or elsewhere as an ancillary device. A call recording device could be providing someone with a direct feed of all your calls, and both sides of the conversation.
Spyware and malicious programs
Your desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones and tablets, are just as likely to be bugged as anything else in your home or workplace. In fact, these devices are in many ways easier to bug, making them more vulnerable to attack. Viruses, spyware and other malicious programs can easily find their way onto your phone or laptop, in downloads, email attachments or as part of a targeted campaign by hackers.
Without making you feel too paranoid, a hidden camera could be disguised as any of a wide range of seemingly innocent-looking household objects in the room with you right now. They could be concealed in air fresheners, smoke alarms and door intercom systems, as well as radios, lamps, tissue boxes and even teddy bears. Many of the items they are disguised as are fully functional, so they may not necessarily have raised any suspicions.
Audio listening devices
Just like hidden cameras, audio bugs can also be disguised as everyday household objects like plug adapters and phone charging docks so you might not notice them. There are also devices that can listen through walls, to listen into and record conversations.
Don't panic! Peace of mind is just a few steps away
By now, you may understandably be feeling very paranoid that there are bugs all around you. In all likelihood, unless you have very good reason to suspect you are under surveillance, none of these bugs is present in your home. However, you can give yourself peace of mind that your sanctuary is surveillance-free by carrying out a few quick checks. A bug detector is a perfect device for the job, being able to detect frequencies being transmitted within or near space.
You can find different ones for the job, the more sophisticated devices being able to sweep rooms with more sensitivity and greater detail, and with wider frequency ranges. To protect your mobile devices and computers, the software is the ideal choice to detect and remove malicious programs and spyware.
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