"Is My Cell Phone Bugged?"
by Kevin D. Murray, CPP, CISM
The reviews are in...
"key pick...must have"
"simple and strait to the point"
"packed with over 150 fact-filled pages"
Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private is an important, key pick for any who worry about privacy issues in our modern society. It outlines the threat of cell phone usage and privacy issues in business and personal transactions, attacking the myths that cell phones are secure and discussing eavesdropping, text message security, hackers, and more. Any owner of a cell phone concerned about security must have this eye-opening expose."
— Midwest Book Review
More Rave Reviews
"I was impressed with the wealth of information and knowledge..."
— Pursuit Magazine
"What I liked was the guide to perform your own tests to see if your phone is bugged. So many of the “professional books” give you just enough information to know you have a problem, but not enough to make a self-directed inquiry..."
— The Aegis Journal
"Kevin Murray keeps it simple and strait to the point. It is not just another book loaded with word play that the common person would not understand and would just glance through at best..."
"...eavesdropping detection specialist Kevin D. Murray draws from his vast security experience and detailed research to illustrate to readers how to take control of their information security by using spy-busting technology to their own advantage, preventing privacy invasions before they begin..."
— PI Telegraph
"Is My Cell Phone Bugged will surprise you with its exposure of the ease with which that device may be overheard by strangers and law enforcement. The author is Kevin D. Murray, long-time security consultant in New Jersey specializing in telephone security."
— Privacy Journal
"...my favorite part is it's informative - Kevin D. Murray does a great job in explaining the details..."
— Just Cherish Today
"Murray is like an anti-eavesdropping missionary. His book is a real value..."
— Security Letter™
s new book is packed with over 150 fact-filled pages describing how to choose the right cell phone, monitor its access by others, lists of spyware sources and anti-spyware techniques, legal issues, and the vulnerability of other wireless devices like cordless phones, baby monitors, and Bluetooth headsets.
of resources are included as well..."
— Monitoring Times (pdf)
"The first topic I found extremely interesting was the zombie phone. This section explains how a cell phone can be set to not make any noise when called and to answer automatically when called. When setting a cell phone this way the cell phone can be hidden and used to eavesdrop on anyone... I do recommend this book to anyone it is a very good read."
"This book is very good and at first I thought that no one would really eavesdrop on your conversations or read your texts, but then the more you read the book the more I started thinking that maybe someone actually would!"
“Is My Cell Phone Bugged?” provides a comprehensive look at what is available to almost anyone, how to use it and how to protect yourself from it. The knowledge that can be gained from Kevin D. Murray is invaluable and with no exception, knowledge is power.
I would highly recommend anyone who owns a cell phone to read this book – its written in a way that can be easily read, and informs you of situations that no one really wants to think about, but should."
Individual Reader Reviews
"When it comes to neutralizing spies, keeping trade secrets safe, and preventing sensitive communications from being compromised, Kevin Murray is the real deal. His solutions are known nationally and internationally. He has done a firstrate job on Is my cell phone bugged?, a book we all need in today’s technologically vulnerable world.”
— Edward L. Lee, II, Retired Special Agent/Regional Security Officer, U.S. Department of State, and author of: Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working & Living in a Post-9/11 World
"A real eye-opener and a must-read . . . People need to be aware of the threat that their cell phones pose in our business and private lives. This book is written in a way that even the least tech-savvy among us can understand, and offers simple, inexpensive methods to ascertain whether your cell phone is bugged and what to do about it."
— Mark Cheviron, Corporate VP - Dir. Corp. Security & Admin. Services, ADM Corp. (retired)
"This book is a must-read for anyone who uses a wireless phone. Whether your privacy concerns are personal or business related, this book offers a rare opportunity to have your questions answered by an unbiased, recognized security expert in the area.”
— Alexander C. Sparaco - CPP, Security Consultant, Baker Street Associates
"Kevin Murray conveys critical safeguarding information for all cell phone users in an engaging and straightforward manner. An expert in the fields of counterespionage and eavesdropping detection, Kevin educates the reader, shows red flags, and provides real solutions to safeguard this technology.”
— Joseph E. Canone, Jr., Managing Director, Pinnacle Investigations
"I received and read this book yesterday. I learned really how much I didn't know. Kevin explains technology in plain language that even the most lay person can understand. I'm going to buy extra copies to give to my consulting clients."
— Curtis Baillie - CSC, Board Certified Security Consultant, Security Consulting Strategies, IAPSC Member and contributing author to Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention - An Encyclopedic Reference
"Got your book three days ago. Enjoyed it so much and it explains so well that I just purchased another book for a client and shipped it to him. Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge with others."
— J.A., Private Investigator
"I know your book is going to help tons of people struggling with uncertainty - and the timing can't be better with all of the hype in the news lately about Apple tracking iphones!"
— N.C., Reader
"Bravo! Kevin debunks the various myths the public has with the safety and security of their conversations on cell phones. I highly recommend this book for professionals and novices alike.”
— Kevin A. Cassidy, Vice President, Security Director, Thomson Reuters (retired)
"Is My Cell Phone Bugged? After reading Kevin's book I determined that my cell phone was not bugged. I also found the information contained in the book, I couldn't find anywhere else. The book is easy to read, full of GREAT information, and obviously written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Great job Kevin, I look forward to your next book."
— L.J., Private Investigator
"Kevin Murray's "Is My Cell Phone Bugged" book is a refreshing, honest behind the scenes look at the technology used to spy on cellular phones and smart phones. Kevin explains the technology in a no nonsense tone and separates fact from fiction regarding the varied technologies used to spy on your private conversations, while also providing the countermeasures used to thwart those threats. Required reading for the professional and layman alike."
— J.D. LeaSure, Electronic Countermeasures Specialist, ComSec LLC (TSCM)
"Easy reading for the lay person or techie – Kevin's sense of humor comes across clearly (loved that) while not clouding the serious nature of the information and its message."
— G.M., Reader from NJ.
"We get this question all the time. In fact, in the past year we've seen three Blackberry's that were compromised with spyware. Murray's book is excellent. And for a few dollars (the cost of the book) he makes it easy for you to check your own cell phone. You can literally save hundreds of dollars by buying the book "Is My Cell Phone Bugged?" Another question we get is, "How do I know who has tapped my cell phone?" Kevin Murray has devised clever tests where you can tell who has compromised your cell phone."
— Skipp Porteous, TSCM specialist, President, Sherlock Investigations, Inc.
"New Book: And then there has been the publication of the new book by our Associate Kevin Murray. It carries the title, “Is My Cell Phone Bugged?” and has 156 pages. It fills a void in the technical security field and is therefore particularly valuable. After reading it from cover to cover, I must say that it is very comprehensive and I learned a lot from it. In my opinion, all counter-eavesdropping practitioners should have a copy of it. We can recommend it highly because of the high quality of its content."
— ERI - Espionage Research Institute (ERI journal 6/11), Ft. Washington, MD
"Included with the purchase is a nifty little device called a "SpyWarn Mobile" which allows you to perform basic self-testing. Also included is access to a private readers-only page. Here he has placed a multitude of links which compliment the information in the book. A special stopwatch is also located there which is used in conjunction with the SpyWarn Mobile device during the spyware test.
If you have any privacy concerns you can't afford not to own this book which I can only describe as the "bible on the subject". The knowledge contained herein is 'priceless.'"
— M. Tomamichel
"I'm glad you're getting the word out about cell phone spyware - I was clueless until #18, below, occurred."
— T.B., Reader, via the Internet.
"I am a licensed private investigator in New Mexico who has been in the business for thirty plus years and was trained to find listening devices (Bugs/Taps). I later went to work for the government who taught me how to conduct technical surveillance under Title III (court authorized) authority; so I have both placed electronic listening devices and searched for them. In my business I routinely receive calls from people concerned that their cell phone is bugged. I charge $375.00 to analyze a cell phone to see if it might be bugged. I have read “IS MY CELL PHONE BUGGED?” by Kevin Murray and found it both factual and informative. This book gives you a step by step guide on what clues to look for, PLUS it comes with an electronic transmission detector, all for only $17.95 plus shipping. You do the math".
— Bill Elliott, Licensed Private Investigator
"Can someone place spyware on my smartphone and..."
• eavesdrop on or tap into my cell phone calls?
• get my text messages almost as fast as I do?
• access my smartphone voice mails?
• steal my contacts list off my smartphone?
• send fake messages from my mobile phone?
• make my cell phone dial someone else?
• receive a text revealing the length of my calls?
• receive a text alert whenever I use my phone?
• send my smartphone texts using a fake number?
• get my new number, although I switched phones?
• get the numbers I called, and who called me?
• track me using my cell phone’s GPS?
• track me although my phone doesn't have GPS?
• trick me into installing spyware on my cell phone?
• remotely activate my smartphone's microphone and eavesdrop on me?
Is My Cell Phone Bugged? explains...
how to protect your mobile communications,
and how to regain your privacy and security.
Additional topics covered include:
• GSM Bugs.
• Home cordless phone - eavesdropper friendly and eavesdropper resistant models.
• Wireless telephone headsets and the eavesdropping possibilities.
• Bluetooth bugging.
• Precautions to take against spyware, eavesdropping and general snooping.
• U.S. Eavesdropping laws.
• Warning signs your smartphone is bugged with spyware.
• How your conversations get out in ways you don't expect. It's not always spyware.
• Do-it-yourself cell phone forensics.
• Pre-bugged cell phones.
• Security advice for all smartphone, cell phone and mobile phone users.
• and much more... view the Table of Contents
Don't live in fear. Fight back. Knowledge is power.
In an age when nearly everyone relies on wireless phone service, text messages, and email, tapping and electronic surveillance have become a common problem that demands personal protection. Everyone's privacy and security are at risk.
In Is my cell phone bugged?, eavesdropping detection specialist Kevin D. Murray draws from his security experience and detailed research to show readers how to take control of their information security by using spybusting technology to their own advantage, preventing privacy invasions before they begin. In simple, clear-cut language, he explains the basics of counterespionage, including how to:
• Shop for a secure cordless device and avoid pre-bugged cell phones,
• Identify nineteen warning signs that your cell phone is spyware infected,
• Find the best apps to prevent smartphone tapping and information leaks,
• Protect oneself using a “Spyware Prevention Checklist”,
• Catch the spy when your mobile phone is already under surveillance.
This comprehensive guide offers an array of information to help anyone—from the lay reader to the security expert— protect themselves and their families from smartphone eavesdropping.
"Is My Cell Phone Bugged? Everything You Need to Know to keep your smartphone and other mobile conversations private" by Kevin D. Murray – CPP, CISM
An invaluable tool—from a professional security strategist—for anyone who wants to guard against electronic surveillance of their mobile communications.
June 2011 • $17.95 • mobile & wireless communications • hardcover • 158 pages • 5 x 8 Emerald Book Company, ISBN-13: 9781934572887 Free Extras: SpyWarn Mobile™, Private Web Page, Updates via Kevin's Security Scrapbook (Sign up for free, now.)
• The book includes a free SpyWarn Mobile™ electronic detector.
This gadget will help you determined if spyware is on your phone by letting you know when the phone is transmitting (it happens more often than you think). By timing these transmissions important clues about whether your cell phone is bugged, or not, emerge. Comes packaged with books ordered from this site only, available via mail-in coupon when purchased elsewhere.
• A link to a private, reader-only web page is also provided.
Specific items mentioned in the book are linked to definitions and more detailed explanations. The page is also filled with updated information, educational and security resource links.
• Free periodic updates via Kevin's Security Scrapbook emails.
Keep up to date on the latest in illegal eavesdropping and spying via free opt-in email updates.
Is My Cell Phone Bugged? de-mystifies the technical. It sorts out fact from the fiction. Best of all, it provides you with the knowledge you need to answer the question, yourself.
In addition, not-so-obvious privacy potholes are revealed and helpful check-lists are provided to enhance your communications privacy.
Is My Cell Phone Bugged? was written by an independent and certified professional security consultant with over three decades of corporate counterespionage experience.