How to Spot Bugs & Surveillance in a Home

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Whether you are involved in a business dispute, a nasty divorce, or some other contentious matter, keep aware of potential bugs and surveillance in your home. Though bugs used to require the installation of expensive, complex equipment, today’s surveillance devices have become smaller, better and cheaper. They are no longer an option just for the FBI. Use counter-surveillance devices to protect your home and family against illegal eavesdropping.

Things You'll Need

  • RF (radiofrequency) bug detector
  • Advanced bug detection kit
  • Computer counter-surveillance software (e.g. SpyCop)
  • Surveillance equipment (optional)

Buy counter-surveillance equipment. Many hidden video cameras and audio bugs emit radio waves that can be located by an inexpensive RF (radiofrequency) detector. These devices can be purchased online or through many home security vendors.

Perform a “sweep” of your home with your bug detector. Scrutinize any locations in the floors, walls or ceiling that appear painted or touched up in some form. Do not just look inside your home. Look outside. Exterior windows are inviting targets for surveillance equipment because no one has to break into your home. Other common locations for bugs include alarm clocks, picture frames and even fountain pens. Be aware that your RF detector may turn up false positives as computers and other appliances may also emit radio waves.

Search for more sophisticated bugs. High-end surveillance devices can switch radio frequencies to elude detection. Fortunately, expensive but effective counter-surveillance packages can locate these bugs through the magnetic or electrical fields produced by their circuitry. As before, be prepared for false positives.

Secure the perimeter of your domicile. Buy your own surveillance devices to make sure no one can get inside or even near your home undetected. The best way to prevent surveillance is to make sure the equipment does not get installed in the first place.

Your home computer is another gateway for eavesdroppers. Some surveillance programs allow remote access to all the files and e-mails on your computer. At minimum, make sure you have a solid firewall. Also use counter-surveillance software packages such as SpyCop that identify and block trojans and keyloggers.

Keep on guard. Conduct weekly “sweeps” of your home and pay special attention to any signs of a break-in (e.g. a broken window or unknown footprints).

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