How Spy Applications Can Steal the Data of Any Smartphone

By | July 14, 2012

More and more, people are realizing that mobile spying apps are prevalent these days. Mobile spy technology is a double edged sword, because they can both detrimental and beneficial, depending on the situation. In case you are wondering who would want to use such software, don’t be surprised there are parties that do want such software, such as employers and spouses who suspect marital infidelity, or simply someone who is worried his cell phone would get stolen.

All these apps harness the power of mobile spy technology that allows their makers to spy on any smartphone user without their knowledge. For the first time in the history of mobile security, a designated app can now track and monitor the various phone activities by remaining invisible in the background. This is the first step that facilitates tracking all phone activities for years to come; it’s a scary thought, and works just like a trojan or keylogger inside a computer!

Furthermore, such spy apps work independently. Now, there are two facets to this fact. First, they eliminate the need of touching the concerned smartphone again and again to know what has just happened. This means that the application, without your help, is proficient enough to track the activities performed or data stored on the phone through other different apps such as memos, calendars, and task managers.

Second, they do not depend on the phone’s history logs to track different activities. This means that even if the user deletes a particular call detail from the call history or an SMS, these apps will still be in a position to track them all. This is the second factor that helps the spy apps to steal the data. So, the incredible power of working in a stealth but independent mode makes these apps capable of stealing any data from the smartphone.

What data can spying apps steal?

Well, most spying apps such as Cell Phone Spy, Spyera, Mobistealth, FlexiSpy, PhoneSheriff, and StealthGenie are capable of stealing the data

They are stored in:

  • Various installed mobile apps such as memos, to-do lists, task managers, calendars, social networking, and chat messengers
  • Call history such as incoming or outgoing number, duration of call, frequency of call, and time of call
  • Internet history and bookmark lists
  • Media gallery such as photos and videos

They are exchanged through:

  • E-mails, SMSs, and MMSs (exact text is tracked)

Even the phone’s GPS location is tracked at every fixed interval.

How is this data stolen?

When you install any of the relevant spying apps on the target smartphone, the app starts to work in a stealth mode so that the user does not come to know about it. The app begins tracking the user activities and creating logs of each of them in an organized but invisible manner. Then, at every fixed interval, the app uses the mobile’s Internet service to upload the logs to the remote server online through an encrypted channel.

When you order the app from the official site for installation, you are always asked to register and create an account. Well, it is this account through which you can view these logs to know what was happening on the phone.

In this way, the spying apps steal the data on the smartphone and expose it to someone else without intimating the phone user about it.

Lucille J Cronk is a blogger who blogs on cell phone technology and apps. She has her own blog on cell phone spy technology. To learn more about cell phone spying, please visit her website.

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