Low Tech Tracking Devices – Made at Home and Here’s How

Today, I have decided to give a snapshot of a recent private investigation case I felt worth mentioning. This article is meant in no way to show people who to track people without the proper authority, it is an illumination of the capabilities modern cell phones have: the capacity of performing (or how hackers can exploit you without you knowing).

What You Don’t Know

What most of us do NOT know is that while we so eagerly download apps that appease our instant gratification for distraction or to simplify normal tasks. These Apps are not vetted or scrutinized by any authority to prevent them from being a tool used by hackers to steal confidential information. But who cares right? Well in today’s edition, I will show you one way Googles and IPHONE as well can be more detrimental to your personal privacy than you ever thought.

Low Tech Tracking Devices- Made at Home and Here’s how to

Read Carefully. Empty Your Cup and Fill it with Consciousness.

Low-Tech, Low-Cost Vehicle Tracking Device – Or Child Locating Device

Items You Will Need:

  • $30
  • 1 Moral Compass
  • 1 Android Phone (Trip to your local street vendor or asking your friend for that cracked screen one they don’t use will do.) Do not spend more than $20 for a phone. Make sure it was made within the last 5 years and preferably has a touch screen.
  • 1 Pre-paid or additional line to your existing “contract” plan with your carrier. YOU MUST HAVE DATA – but literally 100mb a month is going to be WAY more than you need. Don’t worry, I have a plan.

You Should pay no more than $10 a month for such plan.

For those not paying attention; that is $20 for the phone and $10 for the Monthly Plan no more is needed for the context of this example.

Do not tell anyone about this plan. Not your cousin or that weird guy always lurking around your coffee shop.

Buy the phone and the plan with CASH. Not a Card.

(Note of Privacy)

If the phone is not new ensure you go to Settings >Backup & Reset > RESET All it.

From another phone or computer go to Google.com and Create a new GMAIL account.  It is Imperative that you create a NEW account and not use an old one.

Do not install any other apps, or play around and show off the phone. Once you have established the account, logged into it, and turned on location services, turn the volume off. At this point, you have almost completed all of the steps needed for a low-tech tracking device.

Ensure the phone has a full charge and place it in a discreet location at a time and place where no one is looking and your not within eyeshot of your neighborhood peeping Tom. In the case of the operation of which this article was written, the phone was placed in the trunk of the “marks” car.

You have now successfully Enabled a GPS Tracking Device in your Car!!

At this point, you have successfully created a GPS tracking system for your car, and with Google Location history, you can tell exactly where the phone has been (street by street).

How to Access the GPS Location of your Device

Log into Google with the credentials you made for the phone. (Best just to add that new account to your REAL Phone, so you won’t forget your password.)

Click Locate Device.

Setup your new phone with the NEW Google Account you just created.

Remember, your REAL NAME IS NOT A REQUIREMENT, nor is it a practice I recommend.

Enable Location Services on the phone.

Low Tech Tracking Devices- Made at Home and Here’s how to

I am sure you are thinking of a million and one ways this bit of advice can either explain how your boss knew you weren’t in Seef Mall on your “business meeting” or how someone who has access to your phone knows precisely where you were and at what time.

The real message here is be careful of what and who you allow on your phone. Just as in this case there were no real ways to detect the presence of a foreign tracking device in your car, there are ways to ensure your phone does not become a “reporting agent” for hackers. Contact the proper agency if you would like to know how to be more security conscious, or if you feel your office or house has been bugged, hacked or tracked. At bits&digits, our skilled and former Intelligence Operators can help not only detect, but deter low level attacks like these.

Signing Out – Remember also, be very cautious of who you allow to “fix your cellphone.” In my old line of work, this was one of the easiest ways to collect information about people. Simply by opening a Cell Repair shop and adding some of the tricks I have illuminated above. There are ways to prevent this, but if you are worried about Secure Communication Solutions (the ones that most carriers in the region do not offer), Bits&Digits has the answer for you.

Edited January 2020.


Original Exclusive Feature on Low Tech Tracking Devices in BizBahrain May 2016 issue, pg. 88.

Today I have decided to give a snapshot of a recent private investigation case that I felt worth of mention today. This article is meant in no way to show people who to track people without the proper authority, it is an illumination of the capabilities modern cell phones have the capacity of performing (or how hackers can exploit you without you knowing.)

What You Don’t Know

What most of us do NOT know is that while we so eagerly download apps that appease our instant gratification for distraction or to simplify normal tasks. These Apps are not vetted or scrutinized by any authority to prevent them from being a tool used by hackers to steal confidential information. But who cares right? Well in today’s edition I will show you one way Googles and IPHONE as well can be more detrimental to your personal privacy than you ever thought.

Low Tech Tracking Devices- Made at Home and Here’s how to

Read Carefully – Empty Your Cup and Fill it with consciousness.

Low-Tech, Low-Cost Vehicle Tracking Device – Or Child Locating Device

Items You Will Need:

$30.

1 Moral Compass

1 Android Phone (Trip to your local street vendor or asking your friend for that cracked screen one they don’t use will do). Do not spend more than $20 for a phone. Make sure it was made within the last 5 years and preferably has a touch screen.

1 PrePaid or Additional Line to your existing “contract” plan with your carrier. YOU MUST     HAVE DATA – but literally 100mb a month is going to be WAY more than you need. Don’t worry I have a plan

You Should pay no more than $10 a month for such plan.

For those not paying attention; that is $20 for the phone and $10 for the Monthly Plan no more is needed for the context of this example.

Do not tell anyone about this plan. Not your cousin or that weird guy that’s always lurking around your coffee shop.

Buy the phone and the plan with CASH, not a Card.

(Note of Privacy)

If the phone is not new ensure you go to Settings >Backup & Reset > RESET All it.

From another phone or computer go to Google.com and Create a new GMAIL account – It is Imperative that you create a NEW account and not use an old one.

Do not install any other apps, or play around and show off the phone. Once you have established the account, logged into it, and turned on location services, turn the volume off. At this point,   you have almost completed all of the steps needed for a low-tech tracking device.

Ensure the phone has a full charge and place it in a discreet location at a time and place where no one is looking and your not within eyeshot of your neighborhood peeping Tom. In the case of the operation of which this article was written, the phone was placed in the trunk of the “marks” car.

You have now successfully Enabled a GPS Tracking Device in your Car!!

At this point, you have successfully created a GPS tracking system for your car, and with Google Location history you can tell exactly where the phone has been (street by street).

How to Access the GPS Location of your Device

Log into Google with the credentials you made for the phone (best just to add that new account to your REAL Phone so you won’t forget your password) “https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager”

Click Locate Device

Setup your new phone with the NEW Google Account you just created.

Remember your REAL NAME IS NOT A REQUIREMENT nor is it a practice I recommend.

Enable Location Services on the phone.

Low Tech Tracking Devices- Made at Home and Here’s how to

I am very sure you are thinking of a million and one ways this bit of advice can either explain how your boss knew you weren’t in Seef Mall on your “business meeting” or how someone who has access to your phone knows precisely where you were and at what time.

The real message here is, be careful of what and who you allow on your phone. Just as in this case there were no real ways to detect the presence of a foreign tracking device in your car, there are ways to ensure your phone does not become a “reporting agent” for hackers. Contact the proper agency if you would like to know how to be more security conscious, or if you feel your office or house has been bugged, hacked or tracked. At bits&digits, our skilled and former Intelligence Operators can help not only detect but deter low level attacks like these.

Signing Out – Remember also, be very cautious of who you allow to “fix your cellphone” in my old line of work, this was one of the easiest ways to collect information about people. Simply by opening a Cell Repair shop and adding some of the tricks I have illuminated above. There are ways to prevent this, but if you are worried about Secure Communication Solutions (the ones that most carriers in the region do not offer), Bits&Digits has the answer for you.

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