What is cellphone spyware & who uses it?

What is cellphone spyware & who uses it?

As the word itself suggests, cellphone spyware or spy software is precisely that: spying on a target phone in such a way that a person can have access to practically all cellphone activity. Now, it sounds like NSA would have access to all your activity and completely strip us of our privacy. This is not really the case.  As a matter of fact, spy software is not as an appropriate term as monitoring software. 

Once the term is cleared up, you can easily figure out who would use this software to “spy” on someone else. So who would?  The software is usually used by parents who want to protect their child´s safety or companies who need to keep the amount of data used by employees on check.  The very first thing that needs to be known about this software is that it requires an internet-enabled phone, or smartphone.

The amount of information you can obtain from a phone with spy software varies, but it usually includes:

  • SMS- The actual text and date and time stamps.
  • Phone calls- a log of all incoming and outgoing calls, as well as date, time, and duration.
  • Email - access to the content of the mail, sender, date, and time. 
  • GPS - The location of a phone using satellites is fairly accurate. Some software allow you to have records of where the phone has been.
  • Browsing history- access to all the sites visited with the mobile phone.
  • Files- all multimedia files can be accessed.

Depending on the needs of each one, there are more powerful capabilities such as blocking apps, blocking the phone, or completely wiping out the phone’s memory.  Some of these can prove useful for parents.