*Updated May 25, 2017 to reflect latest changes in the software and services mentioned.
We have a story that should raise red flags for all of us who rely on our cell phones. Shocking as it may be, it turns out that anyone’s cell phone can be turned into a bugging device worthy of the CIA using cell phone spy programs. In fact, it is much easier to spy on a cell phone than most of us think.
All it takes for an unscrupulous attacker to remotely connect with your cell phone over the internet is executing a few simple commands from within a cell phone spy app that can be purchased online. We came across a victim of this offense, Jan Wilson, who’s ex-boyfriend used it for this purpose.
“I don’t know how he got this program on my phone and got it to send my texts and calls to his. This is creepy!”, says Jan.
With an inexpensive cell phone spy app that he purchased online, Jan’s ex-boyfriend was able to spy on her cell phone without being anywhere near her. He was able to see virtually everything that took place on her cell phone including text messages, calls, GPS location, photos, videos, emails and more. All of this was at his disposal without having Jan’s phone in his possession.
The app he used is called PhoneSpector and is developed and marketed by PhoneSpector LLC., a US based corporation that specializes in security apps and information gathering technology. Using this app enables a person to spy on a cell phone virtually the same as any government or law enforcement agency could. They could have access to just about anything that happens on a persons phone possibly without them ever knowing.
How To Spy on a Cell Phone Without Possession
PhoneSpector is a powerful utility app that allows you to spy on a cell phone or any mobile device without having the device in your possession. The app works by remotely accessing data from the target phone (the phone you are monitoring) and displaying that data on your cell phone, tablet or computer. PhoneSpector claims that it will collect texts, calls, GPS, Facebook, Twitter and more from virtually any phone.
We decided to put this sneaky little app to the test so, with the consent of our co-worker, Tracy, we remotely connected to her phone here in the office. You will be shocked at what we discovered!
The program was every bit invasive as you might think. PhoneSpector gathered text messages, calls, GPS tracking information, social media messages and pictures and just about everything else that transpired on the phone. With the “Stealth Camera” feature we were able to secretly take a picture using the telephones camera and have that picture sent to the phone that we were spying from. Think of it this way; Tracy, our consenting co-worker has her phone in her hands and I am monitoring her phone from mine. I send a command to Tracy’s phone telling it to take a picture. The program snaps a picture on her phone, then automatically sends that picture to me. I can now view that picture on my cell phone. A little creepy, but wait, it gets worse…
With the “listen to surroundings” feature I was able to activate the microphone on Tracy’s phone, allowing me to hear everything that was going on around her phone. I listened to a conversation as if I were standing there myself. There are many who will say that this is overstepping the bounds of ethical cell phone monitoring and you might be one who agrees, however this type of application is capable of intrusive surveillance and it is available to the average consumer for less than $70.
Without having the other phone in our possession, we were able to retrieve just about all activity that took place on Tracy’s phone during the time we were connected to it. We were able to see Tracy’s Facebook messages, her photos and videos and we were able to view her exact GPS location. It didn’t matter if we were in the room next door or if we were miles away. PhoneSpector performed the same regardless of how far away we were from Tracy’s.
Can you spy on a cell phone without having it?
From our investigation, we can draw no other conclusion other than to say that it is absolutely possible to spy on an iPhone without jailbreaking it and without having it in your possession. These cell phone spy apps that exist today operate by establishing a remote connection to the phone they are monitoring. Once that connection is established any information on the targeted phone can fall prey to the person operating the spy software.
If you have a phone that you feel may have been compromised by this type of software it is advisable that you replace the phone as simply changing your number or performing a factory reset may not be sufficient to remove the spy program from your phone.
I hope I have provided some useful information to you in your quest for a good spy app. Please visit us often for frequent updates about this and many other subjects.
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While this story is based on true events the names have been changed to protect their true identities.