Counter Surveillance: What Do You Do When Someone’s Spying on You?

Counter SurveillanceWhether it’s out of a personal vendetta or part of something more serious, finding out you’re under surveillance is a frightening thing. Anyone can be spying on you. Even your home, the one place you believe to be safe, may already be compromised.

Fortunately, there’s a way to fight back against surveillance – counter surveillance. This includes counter spying equipment and tools, and strategic movements to muddle and dissuade the party spying on you.

Pre-Inspection and Assessment

Many legal investigative firms, such as Eagle Investigative Services, require a preliminary investigation and assessment of the entire scenario before going through with any counter surveillance practices. In many cases, an outline of the potential scenario is necessary, such as who may have a motivation to spy on you.

This could be a belligerent party, an ex-spouse, or a group that wants something out of you financially. Pinpointing the reason for surveillance makes applying counter surveillance strategies significantly easier.

The investigative firm conducts a complete assessment of the property to check for bugs. This is usually considered as a pre-inspection and, in the case of commercial properties, requires facility surveillance. They will also perform a vulnerability analysis for both you and your properties.

Bug Inspection

The party spying on you may be using cutting edge technology to compromise your privacy and security. Fortunately, the same technology has the ability to detect these “bugs,” alerting you to their presence and allowing you to take necessary actions.

Surveillance devices are usually “bugged” in the most commonly used equipment, such as telephones, telephone lines, and even mobile devices. As their name suggests, they can be difficult to notice, especially when they’re clandestinely placed in strategic areas.

Investigative firms usually use a range of equipment to detect these bugs. Since these are all electronic devices, they emit some form of electromagnetic radiation that can easily be detected no matter how faint.

Unfortunately, the march of technology means more advanced surveillance tools may be readily available. These can remotely switch on and off, preventing electromagnetic detection. In these cases, manual inspection may be necessary.

Apart from communication devices and electronics, watch out for mundane items and appliances, such as chairs, windows, and even HVAC systems. You can perform a bug sweep on your own, if you know where to look, but it still pays to get professional help. They have more knowledge and experience looking at places where an interested party may be secretly spying from.

Beyond the Physical Realm

In the digital age, physical privacy may no longer be the only thing at risk. Digital surveillance is fast becoming a real thing now that nearly everyone has Internet access, and high-end equipment is readily available.

Keyloggers are arguably the most dangerous surveillance equipment, and the risk is how readily available they are. These little devices have the ability to record every keystroke you make or password you use, even if it’s encrypted. It can even record email and instant messages.

It’s important to perform a routine check of your systems to ensure you don’t have a keylogger installed on your computer. The easiest way to do this is to check your computer’s control panel and inspect each authorized program running. If there’s a guest listed there that you don’t know, that might be the keylogger harvesting your data.

Counter surveillance doesn’t end here, though. The best way to combat unwanted surveillance is still the easiest. Avoid making yourself a vulnerable target.