With the market currently saturated with all sorts of spy apps, potential consumers are spoiled for choice. So, you’ll want to choose the best spy apps to fit your surveillance and monitoring requirements, at prices you’re comfortable with. Fortunately, Suspekt.org recently published the top spy apps in the market and compared them against each other. This simplified version summarizes what Stefan mentioned on his blog.
Why Use A Spy App?
As a parent, you’re committed to protecting your kids from a world you know to be scary at times. With worries of problems like not knowing their whereabouts, which could mean to kidnappings, exposure to pornography or otherwise inappropriate content at young ages, or even just excessive screen time – a spy app might not be out of the question to make sure they stay safe.
Business owners and employers, compromised employee devices can put the organization at risk by leaving sensitive documents and information as easy targets for cyber-attacks. If it’s only human to make mistakes at times, logically, it follows that employees will sometimes click malicious or otherwise suspicious links with viruses or external spyware that steals information.
In the hopes you’ll make a good choice, we’ve put together the key areas you ought to look at when taking your pick.
From being entirely free to charging for monthly subscription payments, to one-off purchases, the marketplace does actually cater to all degrees of potential users
Not all apps are compatible with both Android and iOS, so that’s an item to keep in mind.
Rooting/ jailbreaking requirement:
Also known as root access, this process allows for increased control of the device, and in this case for the purposes of remote, undetected access and control.
Case-by-case, some apps will require a rooted device.
On to the meaty details – some apps allow for full remote control of a phone, activating its camera, down to simply blocking websites or GPS locating.
Live screen recording
This first feature allows for the recording of all that goes on as the device handler uses their phone, with the finished result exported as a video in the app’s control panel.
Instant Messaging (IM) logs
With help from these apps, any forms of communication, whether sent or received will be available to you, the user. From IM apps like WhatsApp, Facebook
Messenger, a spy app will give you access to text messages, audio messages, call logs, shared photos, and videos
Live Call recording
This feature allows for live listening in on phone conversations on a device installed with a spy app. If needed, these calls can be recorded at any time simply through the use of their interfaces.
As part of your monitoring, spy apps can remotely track GPS locations, including
monitoring of specific locations, current or live location, location history. Then there is geofencing, which is a “virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area”, or an
invisible fence as set by you around an area to determine if it is off-limits to the installed device that alerts you when crossed.
By remotely controlling the entire device, the controller will be able to do such things as view the installed apps, block text messages and incoming calls, or, if called for, even block the devices’ access to the internet, with exception to the spy app.
Text message logs
Where previously IM’s were monitored, spy apps also allow for SMS, MMS and heads up notification tracking and surveillance at any time.
For when browsing histories, allowed websites, and bookmarks are concerned, spy apps can potentially assist in these areas.
A Closing Note, And Some Suggestions
With all this being said, we hope you leave at least a little better informed, as far as knowing what these surveillance apps are capable of.