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Yeah two factor was on.... and I also don’t see any other devices other than my own.... very weird.

Any chance that someone has direct control of my phone?

I don't know that it's possible. Apple support can do it (I've had to call them recently), but I don't know that anyone else has that capability. If you don't see the call in your call log though, that means somebody had control over your phone, and then deleted the call in the log.

Definitely a weird one.

Some decent advice mixed with marketing here. Something like Avast mobile security would probably be a good idea.

Could someone have spoofed your cell number making it look like it was you facetiming her?

They could have, but that leads to more disturbing questions...

Anyone have brand or specific model recommendations for a UPS? Only need about 15 minutes worth of charge. Looking for whatever is quality that I can get for as low a cost as possible (obviously). Will likely be powering two monitors each and 1 router, and maybe a desktop if I can get 10ish minutes out of it, though if that increases cost I can probably do without.

Gaald wrote:

Could someone have spoofed your cell number making it look like it was you facetiming her?

No bc it was FaceTime it’s tied to apple

Also, just bought a huwayway (spelling?) modem for internet over cellular towers. Is that actually something to consider or just propaganda?

Or maybe she just had a dream or was mistaken? What is the simpler explanation here... I would forget about it unless it happens again.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Or maybe she just had a dream or was mistaken? What is the simpler explanation here... I would forget about it unless it happens again.

She sent me a screenshot of the call history

stupidhaiku wrote:

Anyone have brand or specific model recommendations for a UPS? Only need about 15 minutes worth of charge. Looking for whatever is quality that I can get for as low a cost as possible (obviously). Will likely be powering two monitors each and 1 router, and maybe a desktop if I can get 10ish minutes out of it, though if that increases cost I can probably do without.

I have been happy with my Cyberpower unit. Make sure to get one of the "pure sinewave" ones for compatibility purposes. My purposes are basically the same as yours, keep my PC from rebooting during a momentary blip, and keep my router going.

stupidhaiku wrote:

Anyone have brand or specific model recommendations for a UPS? Only need about 15 minutes worth of charge. Looking for whatever is quality that I can get for as low a cost as possible (obviously). Will likely be powering two monitors each and 1 router, and maybe a desktop if I can get 10ish minutes out of it, though if that increases cost I can probably do without.

I have three of them all APC. You really need to know the combined wattage or VA of the devices for us to make a specific recommendation. For 300 watts and running for 10 minutes APC recommends a 1000VA model. They have a calculator on their website.

I bought this one a few years ago, and am very happy with it. CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS

I had to rma the battery earlier this year but it was a very easy process. The app says I can get about 29 minutes with my PC at idle, Modem, Router, monitors and network drive plugged in but I don't think I can actually get that much. I can get at least 15-20 minutes though and I have the app set to turn off the pc automatically when backup power gets down to 15 minutes.

This thing has been a god send. The power in the area of town I am in is pretty unreliable. Aging infrastructure is what they say. If I am home and the power goes out I can turn off my pc and get like 2 hours of internet with wifi and everything. When the power fluctuates it smooths it out and my pc keeps running like nothing happened.

It looks like they updated the model since I purchased mine, I assume it works just as well, and they often go on sale. I would keep an eye out for that!

APC is the gold standard for UPS's, even at the datacenter level. Can't go wrong.

FiveIron wrote:

She sent me a screenshot of the call history

If it's not on your log, but is on hers, either someone has spoofed your phone number to call her (leading to questions like "how would they know you are important to her"), or your phone has been hacked. Have any of your other friends reported odd calls or social media messages from you? Noticed any changes in your social media? Any unusual bills? Maybe check with your bank and make sure there are no odd transactions; paypal, amazon, etc too.

Get some kind of mobile security software, make sure your home wifi password is good, don't use free wifi and remove those networks from your phone, put a post up on social media warning friends, get your bank to put a strong watch on your accounts (ie, if there are odd transactions, deny them, lock the account and contact you for authorization). Take it seriously.

Out of left field, I know... but do you know anyone who might be able to do this, as a joke, or harrassment?

stupidhaiku wrote:

Anyone have brand or specific model recommendations for a UPS? Only need about 15 minutes worth of charge. Looking for whatever is quality that I can get for as low a cost as possible (obviously). Will likely be powering two monitors each and 1 router, and maybe a desktop if I can get 10ish minutes out of it, though if that increases cost I can probably do without.

I have a APC BR100G UPS Pro which I have had for 6 years. The amount of time I get on it directly relates to how much stuff I have plugged. When I had a pc and monitor I got around 20 minutes. Maybe more it has been awhile. Now I get about 8 minutes with a pc, laptop, two monitors, synology nas, ps4, router and I think that is it.

Been working for me great. My battery died in my laptop so it needs to be plugged in all the time. I get little micro power outages nearly weekly where the power will go out for a couple of seconds. The ups has stopped the chaos from the power going out.

I love having a UPS (and mine is APC as well) for my desktop and I also have all the cable modem and wifi router stuff plugged into it as well. When the power goes out or there is a surge, everything stays up long enough for me to safely shut it all down if there is a storm, or wait for a few to see if the power comes back and then I haven't been interrupted.

It's really only a pain when the battery needs to be replaced.

Keep in mind that all UPSes have a run cost. My go-to for many years has been the various APC 1500-watt units, which use 2 12V lead-acid cells. They typically last four to five years, and cost about $120 to replace.

And they will let you know when they need new batteries by beeping incessantly until to replace them.

This is all been extremely helpful. Thanks everyone!

Robear wrote:

APC is the gold standard for UPS's, even at the datacenter level. Can't go wrong.

FiveIron wrote:

She sent me a screenshot of the call history

If it's not on your log, but is on hers, either someone has spoofed your phone number to call her (leading to questions like "how would they know you are important to her"), or your phone has been hacked. Have any of your other friends reported odd calls or social media messages from you? Noticed any changes in your social media? Any unusual bills? Maybe check with your bank and make sure there are no odd transactions; paypal, amazon, etc too.

Get some kind of mobile security software, make sure your home wifi password is good, don't use free wifi and remove those networks from your phone, put a post up on social media warning friends, get your bank to put a strong watch on your accounts (ie, if there are odd transactions, deny them, lock the account and contact you for authorization). Take it seriously.

Out of left field, I know... but do you know anyone who might be able to do this, as a joke, or harrassment?

So I decided to call apple too and ask them about it. they weren't much help other than they told me my account has not been compromised and no log-ins present... not going to lie, it gives me the heebeejeebes that someone might have done some crazy sh*t with my phone. nothing i can do though i guess, might as well move on.

Sure there is. You can put mobile security software on, and if you're really worried, reset your phone before doing that. The Apple store can help you do both if you make an appointment at the Genius bar. There's obviously a chance you will lose data doing this.

And set up the account watch with your bank. That's going to be useful across the board, not just with your phone.

I came across this thread that sounds similar to what you experienced. One theory given is that it is a missed call that happened a long time ago and the notification got delayed.

That has happened to me, too, but it's a network thing, I think. Verizon is terrible for that, in my experience.

I did a podcast with youtube tech reviewer Mr.Mobile. Thought it was relevant here. Here's a link to the podcast thread

https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/...

Robear wrote:

Sure there is. You can put mobile security software on, and if you're really worried, reset your phone before doing that. The Apple store can help you do both if you make an appointment at the Genius bar. There's obviously a chance you will lose data doing this.

And set up the account watch with your bank. That's going to be useful across the board, not just with your phone.

Apple Stores are still closed in the USA. Learned this the hard way trying to get my fiancé a new iPhone after she dropped hers.

They were open with precautions and by appointment only a couple of weeks ago, depending on location.

Yeah ours here in Ohio were/are open but only letting a few people in the store at a time.

The one in the mall closest to us has an Apple store that was open, we went there about a week ago. The inside was packed, and there was a line to get in.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

I came across this thread that sounds similar to what you experienced. One theory given is that it is a missed call that happened a long time ago and the notification got delayed.

I've had phone calls/voice mails show up a couple of days later.

Texts too.