As the world becomes more dependent on technology, the novelty of carrying a tiny highly-powered computer everywhere we go has thoroughly worn off.
But with the advent of the smartphone has come to a heightened awareness of how interconnected our IRL and our URL lives are. For instance, some people report being served ads for products that they’ve talked about within earshot of their phone, and it is cause for a lot of privacy concerns.
- Telephone surveillance is hardly a new issue. Wire tapping has been a part of the official police arsenal in the United States since the 1890 sand intercepted telegrams containing military intelligence were regularly given to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. But the smartphone, and the technologies associated with it — from apps to cell towers — have created new weaknesses and new legal grey areas for people who protest against monitoring by others.
You might have heard the news that Facebook could be listening in on people’s conversations all of the time. The app might be using people’s phones to gather data on what they are talking about. Although Facebook says that its app does listen to what’s happening around it, but only as a way of seeing what people are listening to or watching and suggesting that they post about it. But that’s one way of admitting that it does peep into everything you do on your cell phone.
You don’t need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets now. Your smart phone has already become the ultimate spy tool in your pocket. And who would suspect you’re spying when you’re probably just texting a friend? You would not need anymore peripherals to do so. There are cell phone call recording software such as Xnspy that are specialized to not only record your calls, they can easily listen to your surroundings.
Spy apps may have been designed so that parents can watch over their kids, but that’s not where it stops. These cell phone call recording software can be used by boyfriends,girlfriends, family members, or even suspicious employers. So, if someone you know seems to know a little too much about your life, they could be spying on you right now.
Apps to Do the Spying
- Companies trying to serve ads are one thing, but it’s also entirely possible, in today’s marketplace, to get a hold of technology that allows you to monitor the communications of another individual’s smartphone.Most of these apps are marketed as parental tools to monitor children, or as products for company phones to improve the productivity of workers. The cell phone call recording software are meant to be visible to the owners of the phones so that they know that they’re being watched. However, there are other possibilities for less scrupulous people to spy on others using their smartphones, and they should worry any smartphone user.
One product, Xnspy, is marketed towards monitoring services but is purchasable by private individuals for about $50, and it’s capable of multiple spying features without ‘jailbreaking’ the phone (altering its settings and getting past its privacy protocols). It does require access to the other person’s phone to install it, but once it’s there, it runs quietly — and copies all text messages and phone calls, sees the phone’s GPS location, monitors all emails and social media visits, and can take a photo using the phone’s camera.It can even listen to the phone’s surroundings and record what it hears.