It’s no secret that today almost everyone’s location can be tracked using their smartphone. There are several basic methods for determining a device’s coordinates. For the most part, we do not even give it any importance, because with all the reservations it is quite convenient. With surveillance, we get relevant advertising and recommendations from the search engines and online services that we use. But it’s one thing to be spied on indirectly, as Google does, by studying your search queries, the links you click, and the places you visit, and quite another when you are literally being watched through the camera of your devices.
The thing is, it’s not as hard to do as you might think. Let’s say you want to сatch someone’s location without their knowledge. You can do this by tracking their phone or another device they use. Here are some of the ways you can do this:
This is one of the most common ways to track a phone. You can use a GPS tracking app or service to track the location of a phone in real-time. This is useful if you want to know where someone is at all times, such as if you’re tracking a child or employee.
Another way to track a phone is by using LBS (location-based services). This is a technology that uses cell towers to triangulate the location of a phone. It’s not as accurate as GPS, but it doesn’t require a data connection, which can be important if you’re tracking someone in an area with poor or no cell service.
Tracking data with forwarding: You can also set up a data forwarding service to track the location of a phone. This involves forwarding all of the data from the phone to another device, such as a laptop or tablet. This can be done wirelessly or through a physical connection, such as a USB cable.
There are also many mobile apps that allow you to track the location of a phone. Some of these apps require you to install the app on the phone you want to track, while others only require you to have the phone’s number.
As for the direct surveillance through the phone camera, there are several nuances. On the one hand, this way of controlling the desired person seems quite effective, because at any time you can connect to his smartphone and monitor what he does and where he is. However, practice shows that this usually does not happen. First, because the continuous operation of the camera would lead to a fairly rapid discharge of the smartphone, continuous tracking of the phone in this way without draining the battery would be impossible. Secondly, most users have a limited amount of Internet traffic. And direct video streaming from one device to another would rather quickly lead to the exhaustion of the limit. Even more so, if we are talking about international roaming.
You may not even be aware of such surveillance, because in order to make you a subject of tracking, it is enough to take possession of your phone for just a couple of minutes to confirm consent to surveillance on your behalf, and it is usually not very difficult to do so. In order to monitor a subscriber of any cellular operator, it is enough for the user to give permission to track his or her current location once by text message.
As you can see tracking someone’s phone is not difficult, in some cases it is even necessary and would not hurt in several situations. Well, if we talk about protecting private data, you should still set up some functions in your smartphone or seek advice from a specialist. We hope this article was useful for you, thank you for reading!