Whatever the work we do, our first priority is Safety. Safety states that the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes. Everyone and everything in this world need Safety. Even our Smartphones we use. We all just use Smartphones to play games, chat, call, etc but do we really care about the threats that our phone receive?
Don’t panic. We are here to help in this case. With the help of just a few shortcodes, 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.
We gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for Smartphones here.
“Discover the settings for your call forwarding. You’ll see whether you have voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packet access, and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.”
This code will let you find whether your calls, messages, and data are being diverted. The status of the diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone screen.
“Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.”
This code will let you find where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to from your phone. The chances are that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone operator’s numbers.
“This USSD code deactivates all call forwarding’s with one single command.”
This code can be used to switch off all the redirections 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.
“IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information, it identifies you to the provider network.”
This code helps you find your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). This code also helps you find your phone if someone steals it. When the phone with a particular IMEI is switched on, the location of the phone will automatically convey to the network operator even after you insert another SIM card.
These codes allow anyone 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 in your dial pad:
ANDROID USERS: *#*#4636#*#* OR *#*#197328640#*#*
IPHONE USERS: *3001#12345#*
“Field mode reveals many of the inner settings of your iPhone, specifically up-to-date network and cell information.”
HOW TO USE:
First, go to the UMTS Cell Environment Section, then UMTS RR info and write down all the numbers under Cell ID. These numbers are the basic stations located nearby.
“UMTS is one of the Third Generation (3G) mobile systems being developed within the ITU’s IMT-2000 framework. It is a realization of a new generation of broadband multi-media mobile telecommunications technology. The technology described in UMTS is sometimes also referred to as Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access (FOMA) or 3GSM.”
Now, go back to the main menu and click on the MM info tab. Here click on Serving PLMN. Write down the numbers under Local Area Code (LAC).
With the help of these two numbers and an ordinary website (4th tab to the left), you can determine the location on the map of the basic station that your phone is connected to.
Using Anti-Virus, you can periodically check your phone for viruses and delete them.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CRIMINALS AND SPIES:
1. Use messaging apps that are completely closed to outsiders, such as Telegram, Chare, Wickr, or Signal.
2. 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.
3. Only your cell phone operator should ever offer you tracking services, and they should only turn them ON with your explicit agreement. Web sites and applications that offer to find out the location of other people are almost certainly acting with criminal intent. Be careful!