I have read many stories online about people who claim to have been spied upon. Some of my friends have even told me stories of the same nature. I also remember seeing many videos on YouTube describing how cell phone spy software can be invasive and used to exploit every personal detail of person’s cell phone. But I never thought it would happen to me.
Recently I found out that my ex-wife had installed cell phone spy software on my phone during the latter stages of our marriage and subsequent divorce. Looking back I have to say I was rather amazed at how she knew my whereabouts and the intimate details she had of my conversations. I remember her impishly mentioning details of events that I knew I had not told her about. She would cleverly hint at certain happenings of my day and conversations I had in both text and voice on my cell phone. How could I have been so stupid? Of course, she had installed spy software to my cell phone and I never knew it!
The program she used was Auto Forward Spy. This sneaky little program lifted every piece of information for my cell phone and sent it directly to my ex-wife’s mobile device. She saw every text message I sent and listened to every phone call I made! But I have to say, to my disadvantage, I am rather impressed at how well this program worked. It captured every action that happened on my phone. Without me ever knowing! Aside from the legal issues I believe exist surrounding apps such as these, I must also say that I believe it is immoral of her to have done this. After investigating, I found that I have no legal recourse because Auto Forward Spy and apps like it, are perfectly legal for sale.
Auto Forward Spy is developed by ILF Mobile Apps Corp., a company located right here in the US. This program has been under development for more than seven years and has come a long way since its early days. After thoroughly investigating this company and the app which they develop, I have discovered that Auto Forward Spy wasn’t as powerful and invasive as it is today.
Years ago, when this app was first introduced, it was primarily used to extract old and deleted text messages from a cell phone. It has certainly come a long way since then.
Currently, Auto Forward Spy is able to get not only the old and deleted text messages from a cell phone, it will also get all new text messages that are sent and received as well. It will also get; Call recordings, GPS location, Facebook information, Twitter postings, browser history, emails and just about everything else that transpires on your cell phone. Auto Forward also enables a user to secretly take pictures using the tainted cell phones camera and have those pictures sent back to the person who is spying.
The program enables the person who installed it to completely control the cell phone of an unsuspecting person. They can activate the microphone of the compromised phone and listen to everything that is being said as if they were there themselves. GPS location can be tracked and seen to within 50 feet of the phones actual location. Calls can be recorded and played back at anytime from anywhere with the clarity of a digital recording. All of this and more is done from a remote location where all the perpetrator needs is a mobile device with WiFi connection or standard cell phone signal from their cell phone provider.
Apart from my disdain for this and other apps like it, I must also say that I am very impressed by the technology. Not only did this software invade every aspect of my private information, it performed its thievery in a very surreptitious and stealth manner. I had no idea this program was even on my phone! My phone didn’t light up, ring, vibrate or misbehave in any fashion while this app was running. It quietly and effectively harvested my private information and gave it to someone else.
I tried contacting ILF Mobile Apps Corp. to find out a little bit more about the company but my phone calls and emails went unanswered. From reading information I found online it turns out that ILF Mobile Apps Corp. has no legal obligation to talk to me, but rather only an obligation to speak to the person who has purchased their app. This seems rather malevolent and downright wrong. But when you think about it, what obligation do they have to me? I’m just the poor sap who fell prey to someone who was willing to misuse their software.
In all fairness, I must admit that my anger is misdirected in the same way that someone who is against gun control may feel. I have long been an advocate of the phrase, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” (just quoting a saying here, I am not offering any opinion on gun control). As harsh as that may sound, I happen to agree with it. Being victimized by this app makes me feel the same way in that I believe “Apps don’t spy on people, people spy on people”. The app provides the vehicle by which to do it, but the person must still perpetrate the crime.