SACRAMENTO, CA – Inexpensive cell phone spy software now makes it easier than ever for the average person to spy on a cell phone.
Menacing stalkers can now track their victims for as little as $70.
Tammy knows what it is like to have someone tracking her every move.
“An invasion of my privacy and fear,” stalking victim Tammy described. “The feeling of living in constant fear that someone is following you and watching your every move is horrifying.”
Tammy is a victim of stalking for the last three years. She has become so frightened and paranoid that she now rarely uses her cell phone. When she does, she is extremely careful of what she says and what she does.
Tammy agreed to share her story with us to make others aware of the terror associated with stalking.
Tammy’s ex-boyfriend used remote cell phone spy software to track her every move. He was able to read her text messages, listen to her calls and track her location using GPS. The software he used allowed him to track just about everything she did and he was able to do all this without having her phone in his possession. The worst thing is that Tammy never knew he was spying on her!
The app her boyfriend used, “Auto Forward Spy” is the brainchild of ILF Mobile Apps Corporation, a US-based corporation that specializes in security and information gathering apps and programs for cell phones and mobile devices. ILF Mobile Apps Corporation develops and markets the app for parents to monitor their children and for employers to monitor the company owned devices of employees.
You don’t have to look too hard to find dozens of these apps for sale on the Internet. A quick search on any of the search engines pulls up a slew of companies offering this type of software. They claim to aid parents in monitoring their children and employers to monitor the company owned devices of employees. You may even find a few that are so brazen to actually advertise how to catch a cheating spouse.
They offer the ability to track text messages, listen to calls, track GPS location, see website history, view Facebook messages, see photos and videos and just about anything else a person might do on their cell phone. All of this is offered for as little as $70.
You don’t have to be a genius to use this software either. It takes only minutes to download and activate and it operates invisibly on your phone. The app will run in the background and people won’t even know that it is running. As the software is operating, it will send information to the person who activated the software.
With most apps like these, all phone calls are recorded. After logging into your account, you can see when the call was made, the number associated with the call and with some you may even be able to listen in.
Same goes for text messages. An exact copy of every text message that is sent and received from the monitor device is delivered directly to the person who activated the program on the device.
Even more shocking, if the phone was not in use but the phone was on, you can actually use it as a bugging device and listen to everything that’s going on in the room. You can even record video. The GPS function will allow someone to track the location of the phone at any given time during the day. GPS coordinates are usually uploaded every 10 to 15 minutes, but in some cases quicker.
Most states have laws against listening to conversations that you are not a part of. In some states, there are a specific laws against cyberstalking. California is one of them.
But the GPS on your cell phone is an entirely different story. Currently, it is the target of legislation set forth by Sen. Al Franken. In an effort to eliminate the unknown GPS tracking from these types of apps Sen. Franken has introduced the Location Privacy Bill. In Sen. Franken’s bill, it will be necessary for the user to interact with the app before the app would be allowed to upload GPS coordinates from that device. Sen. Franken’s bill would also make it illegal for stalking ops to use a GPS function to track their victims.
Companies that develop the software claim the program is for the legion of it monitoring of children and employees. While both of these activities are legal, they also have exceptions. Obviously, for a parent to monitor their child, the child must be under the age of 18. For employers to monitor the company on devices of employees, they must first gain the consent of the employee before any monitoring can be conducted. After consent has been given by the employee, the employer is still not allowed to examine the personal transmission of any message performed on the company on device.
Four victims like Tammy, cell phone spy apps are putting more than just her location and privacy at risk, but also possibly her life.
“I am constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure I am not being followed,” says Tammy.
Before installing spy software to a person’s phone an individual must gain consent or have authorization to monitor that device. Any person or persons not gaining the proper authorization can be subject to criminal prosecution.
Phone spy software has undoubtedly been put to good use in many situations across America and throughout the world. Given children’s access to the Internet and the upsurge in drug addiction it is my opinion that any responsible parent should be monitoring the mobile devices of their children.
Employers looking to maximize efficiency and productivity should also be proactive and monitor the company were devices of employees, while respecting the employees privacy.
As the digital age moves along, it is becoming more difficult to keep apps such as these out of the hands of stalkers and in the hands of responsible parents and employers.