It would be no less irresponsible of me as a parent to allow my children unfettered access to the internet than it would be to allow them I unrestricted, un-monitored access to a meth house. On the other hand, I tell my children when they are being monitored. I'm not sneaky about it. I tell them it's like training wheels. Once you have demonstrated a reliable pattern of healthy choices, I will ease back on the restrictions until the training wheels are off. But I won't hesitate to put them back on if find you in lying in a pool of blood in the driveway with your femur sticking out.
You don't blindly toss your child the keys to an HP dragster his first day driving, right? Does that make you morally reprehensible? Of course not. It make you responsible and loving. You given him grandma's '83 Buick, with you "monitoring" him from the passenger seat until you're convinced he can operate the vehicle safely. Only then do you let him drive alone.
If he can avoid accidents and too many speeding tickets, then, perhaps, you allow him the sports car. Is that because you don't trust him? But isn't it more about your obligation as a responsible parent? Tim, you are obviously not a parent to a teen. You must not remember being one either.
Parents can be very open, but in the end, kids will make stupid choices. I would like to know what my kid is doing when he tells me he is just going for coffee downtown.
How to keep your phone protected? Cons: iPhone must be jailbroken and no free trials. Is it legal to download spyware on my child's iPad while he stays with the other parent? Just as I can go into their room at any time. Because it's not right. Please let us know how it goes, we'd love to help you out here. Trust me, they wouldn't respect you doing that, which will strain the communication even further.
So illegal surveillance is the answer? If your son discovered you were monitoring him because you don't trust him and there are few other reasons you'd choose to do so , do you think he would be hurt? I would be hurt. It would make me question the validity behind being honest about my actions in the first place.
If nobody believes you, why tell the truth? This is before we get into the material reasoning behind installing a jailbreak, like voiding warranties and non-working apps. Want to teach your son responsible banking using a mobile app to manage his money? Too bad financial institutions block jailbroken devices! A rational parent doesn't give a child free reign to do what they like with a smartphone. A rational parent doesn't give their child unhindered access to the Internet. A rational parent sits down with their child and teaches them the boundaries when it comes to social networking, contacting strangers and responsible use of 21st century communication methods.
A rational parent does not teach their child that spying on people is ok, because it's not — in fact, it's illegal! Similarly, spying on a partner because you yourself suspect they are cheating on you is just as illegal. Two wrongs don't make a right, not to mention the fact that it breeds a mentality of suspiciousness, jealousy and destroys the boundaries that keep a healthy relationship healthy.
Looking out for yourself is making the right decisions in life. Any semblance of moral high ground is removed when you use these techniques to "reveal the truth".
What if the truth isn't what you thought it was? It would destroy my relationship, and I hope that many other people would react in the same way.
Because it's not right. Not to mention the act of jailbreaking puts your phone at risk of non-working apps, malware and all manner of this sort of software. I'd be just as pissed off about that. Anyone concerned about someone installing such software on their phones can sleep easy if they have iOS 7 installed, as it has yet to be jailbroken.
Thanks a million! For an idiot like me, this was very informative.
Please don't stop educating us about these devices. Thank you. I've got anxiety now about spyware, oy! My bank account was compromised today and my battery is acting Crazy! Cheers to the weekend. Ok, can someone use my banking app through spyware, and again confirming this is only possible if my phone has been jailbroken?
My husband and I had what I thought was a happy marriage with 3 beautiful kids. He was good to me, I frequently met people who would tell me that my husband talks about me constantly and boasts about how happy he is. Even on social media I get embarrassed by the way he talks about me as if I'm the best thing ever.
One day while his phone was charging, a message buzzed in. It was the secretary from the office. Call pls". The word "hun" puzzled me. I asked him and he offhandedly said oh we just all call each other that at the office. I flew into a rage about how inappropriate it was and he promised to deal firmly with this insubordination. The red flag wouldn't go away, so I decided to install spy ware.
My goodness. Turns out he was having an affair with this secretary since before our 3rd child; a third child he pressured me into having and planned coming up with names and buying things for the baby before I even conceived. Through the app I read some sick things they did together. Worst of all, she would even remind him of our wedding anniversary and help him choose places to take me and order flowers. I got endless info of how they arranged things. Favorite time to meet was 6. My husband always often left home early because he wanted to be home by sunset to spend time with me.
I read messages by him to her like, "did you enjoy what I did to you this morning? Her reply, "omg it was amazing, I can still feel it". I don't need sympathy.
Just need to say that this app saved my life. It helped me discover who my husband really was. Even if any of you met this "wonderful Christian upright man" you would think I was lying. To cut a long story short, I confronted without revealing app and during the "deny to the grave" stance most men initially have, I still saw messages from him to her like, "deny it, but when we meet I want you to cry uncontrollably for maximum effect etc"!!!
If I had taken the moral high road, I wonder what would have happened to me. As far as I'm concerned, I wasn't just spying on him, I was protecting my emotional investment. I am having a similar problem only it is my wife having the affair. I need to know what you used to catch him?
We have iphones and everyone keeps saying they have to be jailbroken to work with spyware. I do not wish to do that but do wish to install something that will let me know of my suspicions which have been confirmed. I have suspision that there might be some spyware on it when it is returned to me, can someone please help me and tell me how i know if it has spyware on it and how i can detect it How about this analogy I work on a computer where I am employed. I do not own it and do not expect privacy when I am using it.
It is clearly stated by my employer that it is being monitored. I know that they don't take the time to look at each and every email or website visited etc. I have no trouble with that. Similarly, I own and pay for my child's iphone. It is my phone that I am allowing them to use. I make is clear that the phone is being monitored and that any activity on that phone is available for me to see if I so choose. I am not trying to trick them. I have no interest in looking at every little message they send or recieve, but I want them to understand that I have the capability to do so.
Just as I can go into their room at any time. As long as everything is out in the open, as long as they understand they are being monitored, is that immoral or unethical? What do you think? I was worried my iphone 4s had spyware on it. The battery runs down very fast, even when I'm not using it. I have to charge it all the time. I tried your examples above for searching out Cydia and the others Just so I'm reading this right Thank you for your time. Correct - you need to jailbreak in order to run non-Apple approved software.
No spyware is Apple approved, ergo jailbreaks are required. Are any of the "remote install" spy software packages legit? If so, could they be used to track and record activity on a non jailbroken iphone4? I know this question sounds crazy, but I would just like a definitive answer so i can stop worrying about it No they are not. No iPhone spy packages are legit without a jailbreak, if someone wants to install something on your phone then they have to do it by jailbreaking. People who can track you with an iPhone are: those you approve on Find my Friends unmetered tracking at all times and anyone who has your Apple ID password as they can login to iCloud and use Find my iPhone.
A few other third party apps Google Lattitude might also share location, but there's no chance of anyone being able to view your calls, messages and so on without a jailbreak. If you have an iPhone, with standard Apple firmware on it iOS and you haven't gone out of your way to jailbreak or authorise others to view your location via a means like Find My Friends then you have nothing to worry about :.
Ok cool For example if I took a picture or sent a text or visit a website would it pop up on the spying phone's screen? I do not know exactly what the non remote install packages do and do not capture, but I believe they create logs of information - so logs of texts, logs of call durations and recipients etc This would probably be in the form of plain text files, probably fed straight into their online control panels.
Teen Safe is a remote monitoring site. I used it for my son's iPhone. Morally wrong or not, it gave me the information I needed to confirm he was still using drugs even though he swore he wasn't. In today's world, it's not always possible to trust that the things you taught your kids will stick, especially if they get involved with the wrong people.
How can you say it's morally wrong to install spyware on a phone? Is it morally wrong to cheat on your spouse? What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I don't buy what you're saying, if someone is cheating on their spouse then they have no grounds to complain if their phone has spyware. You can't compare apples and oranges. Just because you suspect!!! It's not how morale works and it's also not how the legal system works.
If you put spyware on a person's phone without their knowledge, you not only do something that's morally wrong, you also violate their privacy and that could be turned against you in court. So yes, they have every reason to complain! If someone does cheat and gets a std or worse HIV and in turn gives it to you shouldn't that b against the law? That Person is putting your health at risk. I'm on the fence on spyware.
I understand the legal laity of spyware if that i but I also know how your life can change due to a cheating spouse and the reality some are left with after the fact. Well, you have the responsibility and ability to protect yourself. If the relationship has eroded to the point that you suspect your partner might harm you, then you need to either end the relationship or work on it because it's seriously broken. Spying on your partner won't solve anything, it will only make things worse. Tina's answer says it all, though what you've just said is "two wrongs make a right" and I don't believe that is true.
Ok let's say that you leave your iPhone out in the rain and you think it's ruined we'll listen to this trick. Try putting it into a bag of rice completely bury it. Then over night, the rice attracts Asians that will fix your electronics for you. Parents should keep healthy communication with their children. It's much, much better than trying to spy on them. Trust me, they wouldn't respect you doing that, which will strain the communication even further.
You don't want that, do you? Children learn by example first and foremost, and so installing such software on their devices is only going to teach them that doing such a thing is acceptable when really, it's not. I didn't want to get too preachy about this in the article as we're a tech site, not a parenting site, but this is a definite concern of mine. On another note, I'm not sure how many employees would like the idea that their boss is monitoring every text, website visited AND where they are via GPS outside of work. I'm guessing there's some legal repercussions to be had here, though I don't think we've had a landmark case yet?
Why do you hide the name of the company? You feature all the details and specifically leave this key information out!???? I didn't want to give these companies any free publicity to be honest, I wouldn't like this article to help such companies gain customers as it will probably show up in search results before long and attract both those looking for info about spy software and those looking for the software itself, how detectable it is etc I've re-blurred one of the images that featured a name now for uniformity. I don't think leaving the names out detracts from the message here.
You left the vendor's name visible in the first graphic over Features while blurring it everywhere else. Yeah I noticed that after but have you seen how many times it occurs? I figured a name and shame wouldn't go amiss just this once ;. With ever more slotting of consumers sorted into their tiny little exact buying trends through less than honest Public sites and third party cookies etc. I have no doubt that some items are being sold to us that monitor our activity for market research and are sold to the highest bidder.
Canada was going to allow the Chinese telecommunications system to help us with building an important leg of a new system. It was only stopped when news of Chinese manufacturers pre-installing tracking code witch allowed for accurate retrieval of data and info on some of their computers and phones that were assembled there and sold here. It was decided to stay with N. American and European methods for beefing up the specific part of the system. Not a paranoid rant just what happened. I'm not blaming China in particular just letting others know that certain high tech products and systems built in Foreign Countries have potential to data gather and spy.
For large Corporations it must be very tempting to build a code to allow for analysis of consumer buying habits and to gain inside info on competitors or info on what they could add,based on spying,to make their product more specific to consumer wants at the expense of other honest players. When it is used to spy an iPhone or iPad, it is not necessary to jailbreak the target device or install any app.
All you need is to create a FoneMonitor account and verify the Apple ID connected to the target phone. You can track call logs, SMS and iMessages, locations, browser history, bookmarks, WhatsApp messages, contacts, apps, photos, videos, calendar activities, reminders and voice memos. To achieve all features of this iPhone spy program, You can view the demo of FoneMonitor firstly. Pros: Can be used on non-jailbroken iPhone or iPad; No need to install app on the target iPhone; can be used to track a lot of data including WhatsApp.
This device tracking software can be used on any smartphones and tablets. Once the app is up and running, it will start recording all activities on the targeted device and uploads the collected data into your online account for monitoring and controlling purposes. For iPhones and any other iOS devices , it comes with an added feature at no extra cost — you will be able to use this app without it being jailbroken given that you have a valid AppleID.
While this is good news, it comes with limited features as you can only track call logs, SMS, Contacts, browser history, Events and Notes.
Pros: Can be used on a non-jailbreak iPhone, very reliable, great features and excellent interface. Cons: Expensive and have limited features if used on a non-jailbreak iPhone. Spymaster Pro is another well-known monitoring software in the market. It helps you to safeguard your children, loves and business in a security way. It is easy to use and you only need to register the account, install the software, and then start enjoying it. Much of the features on this app work in real-time that allows its users to access even the deleted data off a monitored device.
You can monitor phone logs, track social media, access location history or even download all the phone logs from the monitored device to an offsite location.
Xnspy isn't pricey and that's what makes it different from the other spy apps. Pros: Fast, accurate and reliable mobile spying with affordable subscription plans. Parents who wants to keep tabs on their kids should download this novel solution. The app should be installed on both parents' and child's phones — up to seven family members can be registered at any one time.
It will send alerts to the parents when the child is outside the pre-determined 'safe' zone, when the child arrived home. The app tracks the phones location every 15 minutes so you can be assured that information received are not dated. Pros: No need to jailbreak iPhones, affordable and very useful when you fear your child have been abducted.
Should you only need to keep track only one phone, try this app instead the previous one — it can only be used by two iPhones for free! As long as it is installed inside an iPhone, there is no need to launch the app for it to get working. It is able to locate the other person's location within the past 24 hours — you will be able to program the app to map locations every two to sixty minutes. Cons: Sometimes it takes a lot of time to detect the location of the other phone and it drains out the battery life.
Looking for an app that will let you record videos without anyone noticing? Well, this is app for you. By launching this app, you will be able to record a video of up to an hour long while pretending to use your phone for other things.
Pros: No jailbreaking required, excellent low light recording and super stealth. One of the most efficient stealth app that we have tried and tested. What makes this app different from the others is that it has a reverse look-up feature, which means you will be able to trace other information available on the iPhone Contact list with another information besides the name. I downloaded it to try to download some files from my iCloud backup. Good price, good results.
My wife set a Restrictions Passcode on the kids iPads and then promptly forgot it with all sorts of restrictions turned on. Worth every penny. Upgrading to pro soon!
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