Personal and identity safety should always be a top priority when using modern day gadgets.

Now to ensure this happens, with the help of just a few short codes built into modern smart gadgets, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and figure out whether your messages and information are encrypted or if you’re being tracked

WikiLeaks News will share the most useful and important codes for smartphones, together with some instructions for those who’re worried about being tracked.

*#21#

Inputting this code you can find out whether your calls, messages, and other data are being diverted. The status of the different types of diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone’s screen.

*#62#

Similar to the code above, using this code will inform you where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to if it seems that no one can get through to you.

##002#

This code is used universally for switching off all forms of redirection away from your phone. It’s mainly used as a handy way to use to avoid high roaming charges. In this case, money won’t be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail.

*#06#

Inputting this code will display your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) on your smartphone.

How you can protect yourself from spies and criminals

  • Use messaging apps that are completely closed to outsiders, such as Telegram, Chare, Wickr, or Signal.
  • Determine what information it’s safe to make accessible to all. Should everyone really be able to find out your phone number or have access to information about your family, loved ones, or your lifestyle? Be very careful when posting photographs of children.
  • Don’t install unknown programmes on your phone, keep close track of the apps you have installed, and use multiple security locks wherever you can. Don’t click on unsafe links, and don’t connect your phone to suspicious “free” charging points.
  • Only your cell phone operator should ever offer you tracking services, and they should only turn them on with your explicit agreement. Websites and applications that offer to find out the location of other people are almost certainly acting with criminal intent.

And here is the list of secret codes that can only be used for smartphones running Android

*#06# To check IMEI of your device, enter this code.
*#0*# To enter service menu on the very new Android phones.
*#0228# To check battery status.
*#9090# / *#1111# To make device in Service mode.
*#*#4636#*#* To get information about battery, usage statistics and device.
*#*#34971539#*#* To get all information about camera.
*#12580*369# To get software and hardware info.
*#228# For ADC Reading.
#7353# To hide test menu 2/Self Test Mode.
##7764726 To hide service menu for Motorola Droid.

*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* For backup of our all media files.

*#*#232338#*#* It display the Wi-Fi mac address.
*#7465625# To view status of lock-phone.
*#*#3264#*#* To show RAM version.
*#*#44336#*#* To display build time and change list number.
*#*#232337#*# To see or display device’s Bluetooth address.
*#*#197328640#*#* It enables test mode for service.
*#*#8351#*#* To enable voice dial mode.
*#*#8350#*#* To disable the voice dial mode.

*#*#0842#*#* To test Back-light/vibration.
*#*#2664#*#* To test the touch-screen.
*#*#0289#*#* For Audio test.
*#*#0*#*#* For LCD display test.
*#*#232331#*#* To test Bluetooth of any Android device.
*#*#0283#*#* To perform a packet loop-back test.
*#*#1575#*#* For advanced GPS test.
*#*#1472365#*#* To Perform a quick GPS test.
*#*#0588#*#* To perform a proximity sensor test.
*#*#7262626#*#* To perform field test.

*#*#232339#*#* Testing Wireless LAN.
*#9090# To Diagnose configuration of device.
*#872564# To control U-S-B logging.
*#9900# System dump mode.
*#*#7780#*#* Reset to factory state.
*2767*3855# To format Android device.

*#*#4986*2650468#*#* To get pda, phone, H/W and RF Call Date.
*#*#1234#*#* To know about pda and firmware version.
*#*#1111#*#* For FTA Software version.
*#*#2222#*#* For FTA Hardware version.
*#*#7594#*#* To change power button behaviour once code enabled.
*#*#8255#*#* To launch Google Talk service monitor.

Please let us know in the comments below if we have missed any codes out that could be useful to use.

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