Your smartphone is spying on you

 

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There are a huge number of different spy devices that are intended to help you keep an eye on what someone is doing when you're not around. If you suspect that your spouse may be cheating, for example, you can install a nanny camera somewhere in your home to see who may be paying a visit when you're not around.

What this will NOT help clue you in on, however, is what is going on in that spouse's digital life. What if your spouse is making plans on their computer or smartphone for activities that will be carried out outside the home? What if you suspect an employee of stealing from you and think that their text messages may hold the answer?

Your smartphone is spying on you

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[Editor's note 2/9/17: Since this article was written five years ago, many new phone hacking methods have been developed and/or discovered. We've created a new article to cover those various hacks in our new story: How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked . Please go there for the latest information. We're keeping this story active for the issues and useful advice contained in the comments.]

You probably know there are plenty of apps you can install on your smartphone to track its location in case it gets lost or stolen. Apple's “ Find My iPhone ” is one good one and many security apps, such as AVG Mobilation, can track down a phone in seconds.

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There are a huge number of different spy devices that are intended to help you keep an eye on what someone is doing when you're not around. If you suspect that your spouse may be cheating, for example, you can install a nanny camera somewhere in your home to see who may be paying a visit when you're not around.

What this will NOT help clue you in on, however, is what is going on in that spouse's digital life. What if your spouse is making plans on their computer or smartphone for activities that will be carried out outside the home? What if you suspect an employee of stealing from you and think that their text messages may hold the answer?

Here at the Ministry of Failed Relationships, we understand this. There is nothing worse than committing yourself to someone who poses as your soulmate, only to discover that their soul has drunkenly mated with a passing half-sized halfwit.

One company has -- perhaps inadvertently -- stumbled upon a notion that might ease your worried brow. Or confirm your dearest fear. For it is now offering phones that have built-in spyware.

mSpy created its software with a mind to, say, help parents track their unruly teens. Now, however, with the release of preloaded phones such as the HTC One, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S, you can merely buy your lover a gift and watch it keep on giving.

Hackers have revealed that an internet-connected sex toy is sending intimate information back to its manufacturer for the purpose of “market research.”

The We-Vibe 4 Plus is designed to be controlled remotely through a smartphone app, so that couples can use it when they are not together. It was revealed that data from the device, such as its temperature and vibration intensity, is being collected by the manufacturer.

The privacy issue was brought to light at the Def Con hacking convention by two hackers, who use the online monikers Goldfisk and Follower. In a talk titled “The Internet of Vibrating Things,” the pair demonstrated how data is sent to We Vibe maker Standard Innovation.