IF YOU suspect someone has been snooping on your iPhone, there’s a super-easy way to catch them red-handed.
Using one of your mobile’s built-in features, you can quickly check whether someone has been reading your texts without your permission.
One of the best ways to spot a snooper is to check your iPhone’s Screen Time record.
Go to Settings and then Screen Time, and then click See All Activity.
Switch the tap at the top to Day, and you’ll be able to see a timeline of when you were using apps.
So if you weren’t on your phone at 11am, but the Screen Time shows you were using Instagram at that time, then something may be afoot.
This is a great way to find out if someone has looked through your iPhone in the middle of the night.
If you weren’t using WhatsApp for 10 minutes at 2am, then who was?
There are some other tricks you can use to catch out snoopers, too.
First, check your app carousel.
This can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom edge of the phone and pausing in the centre of the screen on an iPhone with Face ID.
Alternatively, just double click the Home button if your iPhone has one.
This carousel shows apps in chronological order, based on when they were most recently used.
So if you know you were playing Fortnite the last time you opened your phone, and the most recent app is WhatsApp, you know something is up.
Of course, a savvy iPhone snooper could check your app order first, and make sure they leave everything in the correct place.
You can check your internet history on a web browser.
Or you could look if WhatsApp messages have been read without you yourself having viewed them.
Usually the best advice is to remember how you left your iPhone, so you’ll notice any changes.
In any case, it’s important to have good cyber-security practices.
That means ensure you’ve got a passcode on your lockscreen.
Also, consider adding a separate passcode for WhatsApp, which can be done through the app’s own settings.
Don’t leave your device unguarded, especially in public places.
And consider deleting sensitive conversations after you’ve had them, especially if you’ve sent a family member your card details – or given your home address to a friend.
In other news, Facebook has announced that it’s changing its name to “Meta”.
The company is working to create lifelike avatars of its users that they can control in a virtual world called the “metaverse”.
Apple’s system that exposes creepy iPhone apps that track your location or snoop on your browsing history has finally arrived.
And, astronomers claim to have spotted the first known planet outside of the Milky Way.
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