Spyware: useful or a privacy intrusion

Previously, if you wanted to keep an eye on your spouse, you’d have to rummage through your drawer and closet to find secret letters and keepsakes. The last few decades have introduced padlocks and security codes to help protect personal information from prying eyes. People have now started storing information on their smartphones, and more recently on tablets, in password-protected files and folders. Similar security measures can be taken for calls and text messages.

The field of science and technology is strange. For every new item or installation you create, you also offer an antidote. This explains the creation and release of spyware for cell phones.

Spyware: introduction

Spyware are software applications that allow users to collect confidential information about a person or organization without their knowledge. These types of tracking software applications are typically used to monitor the activity of mobile phones, but can also be used on tablets and computers.

Phone spyware applications are installed on a device, secretly. Once installed on the phone or computer, the spyware exports various details including call logs, sent and received text messages, mobile internet connections, browsed web pages, and the physical location of the phone.

Typically, the data is exported to a cloud server where the spy can access the date to view it.

Some very advanced applications for telephones also allow users to listen in on telephone conversations and use the telephone as a microphone: someone who is eavesdropping can hear a conversation in a room where the telephone is located. The owner of the phone, tablet or computer has no indication that private information is being transferred to a third party through the tracking software application.

Types of spyware

1) Most are in the form of hidden malware that is usually tagged along with free downloads or gets access to your system when you visit porn sites. As soon as they enter, they automatically configure themselves and begin to leak private and confidential information.

2) The other type includes software applications that are purchased and installed on the device to be tracked. Once the application has been successfully installed, the user only needs to log into the application’s website to track movements and access their information.

Who can use spyware for mobile phones?

Spyware has earned a bad name because it is widely used by criminals and stalkers. Gathering information covertly may also not seem like a very good idea. However, it is not bad if it is for the good of the other person or for the good of the people in general.

Spyware for computers and cell phones was used to launch successful commercial marketing campaigns. By monitoring a person’s internet usage, including websites visited and pages visited, business owners tried to modify their marketing strategies and thereby reach their target audience.

Parents and spouses make up a large percentage of commercial spyware users. As far as parents are concerned, the use is for good reason. Given the amount of time children spend online, parents should monitor the websites their children visit, the people they contact, and their whereabouts; if they attend school regularly or spend their time elsewhere. Spouses also have the right to know if their partner is cheating on them.

Answering the question posed in the title: useful or privacy intrusion, it’s a question of how you use the phone spyware app! However, it is important to note that spyware for phones available online is illegal in most countries without user consent (or a court order).

So while parents could put spyware on their children’s phones to protect them, if a husband puts it on his wife’s phone without her knowing, this is an illegal invasion of privacy.