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My phone keeps sending my location to my wife.

Discussion in 'Smart Home' started by Martin Harriss, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    Every day or so, my phone sends a text to my wife with my location and a Google maps link. I have nothing to hide, but each time it happens I get charged 12.5p - £2.25 last month!

    I have tried denying app access to location and contacts and I have removed my wife's number from my contacts. All to no avail.

    Does anybody have any ideas?

     


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    Post #16 by Xyro, Apr 25, 2018 (3 points)

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  3. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

  4. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    No, I don't have any of these, but seeing Google+ on the list, I have just denied location and SMS to the Google app. I checked my wife's phone as well and she doesn't have anything suspicious.
     
  5. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Are you related to Michelle Brant from our forum?
     
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  6. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    No. Is she having the same problem?
     
  7. Rob

    Rob Galaxy S20 Ultra
    Administrator

    Shot in the dark, but could she be logged into your google account from her phone or computer and be requesting your location as an SMS?

    There are a couple ways to do this, including directly from Google Maps from a signed in device or through a messaging app where you're attaching your current location.

    Definitely odd, but I hope nothing devious.
     
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  8. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    No. She is certainly not being devious (unless she has a really, really hidden agenda). She is, if anything, more irritated than I am. I will borrow her phone and have another look at her settings. She should be logged into her own Google account, but perhaps her phone thinks it knows better!
     
  9. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    If you start up the Google Maps app on your phone, tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner (hamburger icon), and tap on the 'Location sharing' option. Is there an entry set up to auto-notify your wife via texting?
     
  10. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    No. If I tap Location sharing, I get a GET STARTED screen.
     
  11. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    How are the texts phrased, exactly? Are they simply "Place + URL" or do they have some common, distinct phrasing that you could google?
     
  12. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    The messages come in pairs a few seconds apart. The first reads 'Approximate location GPS: 55.12345678 lat, 0.12345678 lon, +/- 15m. at 17.31'. and the second one starts 'Exact location' and has an accuracy of +/- 5m. Then there's a google map reference link to click on. (numbers changed so you can't find my house! ) I have Googled the first bit and found somebody in another forum with exactly the same problem - and no answers.
     
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    You could check for apps which have the permission to write or send SMS - that might help narrow down the possible candidates. There are apps that can scan permissions and show all apps that have them: Addons Detector is one I have on my phone, but I think several security apps can do this too.

    Actually do you have any security/antitheft apps on your phone? They might themselves be candidates for doing this.
     
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  14. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    Good thinking Hadon. I like Addons Detector and I have turned off the ability of Hiya to send SMS leaving only Sophos Security and WhatsApp and WhatsApp doesn't have acces to location. We'll see if this stops it. Many thanks everybody.
     
  15. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
    Moderator

    It does sound like Sophos is responsible. This person below has the same issue:

    https://community.sophos.com/produc...ophos-mobile-security-for-android-free/355553

    Looking at their documentation, you can see that they always send two texts: approximate location followed by exact location.

    http://docs.sophos.com/smsec/5-0/help/en/mobile/concepts/Loss_and_Theft.htm

    I bet it is the low battery trigger that applies here, since that would happen once per day.
     
  16. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    Good work Xyro! I will conduct experiments and examine the settings on my wife's phone. It's down to me because I set it up for her, so I've only myself to blame.
     
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  17. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    I think @Hadron 's idea to check for SMS permissions was the real solution.

    I think the settings you need to check will be on your own phone. You must have her number saved there, which is why your phone is texting her when your battery gets low.
     
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  18. helenvn

    helenvn Lurker

    I would look into blocking the payments to this “unwanted service provider”. If they are not paid, they will stop their “service”.
     
  19. bcrichster

    bcrichster ROMinator
    Moderator

    Umm.. I know of spyware 'ghost apps' that do the exact same thing.. Was the device bought brand new?

    'Ghost apps' = apks that disappear or hide after installation
     
  20. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    But if it was spyware reporting his location to his wife, that would only make sense if she installed it. And if she had then she would presumably know about it and not complain (or even mention it).

    Whereas it's perfectly reasonable to give a family member's number to a security app, since there are circumstances in which you might want it to notify another phone of its location or accept instructions from that phone. So this seems a plausible cause of the problem to me (unexpected and unwanted consequences of an option that would make sense in some circumstances).
     
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  21. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    well.. i hope u find it...
     
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  22. bcrichster

    bcrichster ROMinator
    Moderator

    Listen, I've actually seen it done it before cuz someone tried to run off with kids some years back (probably 4-5yrs). Being irritated is basically a psychological deflection. Like 'oh you're upset too? Couldn't be you then..' While the other person keeps hearing complaints, they'd certainly get aggravated at listening to it all the time. I really think there's more to this story tho.. Good Luck
     
  23. Martin Harriss

    Thread Starter

    Xyro got it right! Thank you. It was the Sophos setting on my phone "Locate at low battery". I had entered my wifes number as a security precaution so I can send texts to my phone to lock it, wipe it etc if it get. stolen. Many thanks to all contributors.
     
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  24. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

  25. PinkShadow

    PinkShadow Newbie

    Lol. OMG. Thats funny. ( you setting up her ph and now you are tracked ) I mean it us right? Lol
     
  26. PinkShadow

    PinkShadow Newbie

    But if u have nothing to hide...why does it bother you? One day she may need to find you...eg accident, car jack, lost etc
     
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