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Monitoring (or spying on) cell phones: reasons and apps

Mobile keyloggers started moving towards becoming mainstream relatively recently; just some years ago desktop monitoring software and spy software dominated the market. Now mobile keyloggers are gaining popularity, and the reasons of their use are pretty much the same as those for desktop computers.


Employee monitoring

With lots of companies implementing BYOD (Bring You Own Device), keeping an eye on employees’ performance is a challenge. Employers are scared of information leakage instead of improved productivity which BYOD promises. If it is compliant with a company’s policies, no wonder that corporate mobile phones can be turned into spy phones.


Parental control

Nowadays teens and tweens often have smartphones, so their parents face a serious problem: how to control – or at least be aware of – kids’ Web experience. A lot of parents see installing a phone spy on their kids' phones as a solution, and it’s understandable indeed. Kids tend to be more careless than adults when using cell phones for web surfing and using social networks, so parents try to keep an eye on it.


Legal concerns

People rarely install a spy phone app just for fun. Legislation differs from state to state, but in most cases cell phone spy software is illegal if applied without the phone owner’s knowledge and consent. Similarly, regulations as to use of desktop spy software in most countries prohibit installing such software on the machines belonging to somebody else or without permission. The only exception is monitoring carried out by law enforcement who may need warrants to do it.


Thus, think twice before turning somebody else’s mobile phone into a spy mobile; in many cases it will be considered a severe violation of privacy. So, think before, not after – and study applicable laws.


Below there is a short list of software for mobile monitoring (supporting various operating systems including iOS, Android, Blackberry OS) with links to Web resources to download from.

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