Molly Nelson can be miles from her daughter but still know when she has sent or received a text message. She knows exactly what that text message says and she knows who sent it. With a tap of her cell phone screen, an inexpensive app allows her to see virtually everything that happens on her daughters phone. This app enables her to spy on text messages of virtually any cell phone without having possession of the device.
The app, PhoneSpector is developed and marketed by PhoneSpector LLC., a US based company that specializes in security and information gathering apps for parents, employers and those looking to monitor cell phones and spy on text messages.
PhoneSpector is unique because it allows a person to spy on texts, calls, GPS and other activities of a cell phone without actually having the phone. The app will remotely collect data from another cell phone and display it on your own cell phone or tablet or any device that can connect to the internet.
PhoneSpector and at least 14 other apps allow a person to monitor just about everything that happens on a smartphone. A parent can see how often their child uses their cell phone to text and they can see who they have called or contacted through Facebook IM. PhoneSpector will report the persons GPS location and issue an alert when a certain phone number calls the phone or when the person searches keywords such as “suicide”, “pregnancy” and “sex” or receives text messages that contain those words. An employer can track an employee’s email transmissions and websites visited.
Worldwide, the apps have been downloaded an estimated 800,000 times and given the proliferation of cell phones and mobile devices this number will continue to grow.
It is no secret that our cell phones store our most sensitive information, so it stands to reason that anyone looking for information about a persons whereabouts and activities only needs to access their cell phone to get this information.
Programs like PhoneSpector are delivered via digital download and can be activated on the target device within minutes. They offer a wide range of features that would satisfy even the most investigative minds. These apps secretly and constantly monitor text messages, phone calls, GPS location, websites visited, photos, videos, Facebook, Twitter and just about every activity that takes place on a cell phone. The best text message spy apps are those that have a telephone number you can call, are undetectable on the target phone and those that do not have any monthly fees. Not every spy app offers these features, so if you are in need of this type of software it is important to find one that does.
Smartphones such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone enable people to carry on conversations in such privacy that to discover what’s going on is nearly impossible unless you have software that can spy on text messages and phone calls. Such software needs to do this without having the phone and the question that is often asked is, “Can you spy on the text messages without actually having the phone?” The answer is, “Yes, you can”.
If you look around the internet you will undoubtedly find a lot of websites claiming to have software that can do such a thing but I urge you to be cautious. Many of these programs simply do not work and many are complete scams. I have found only a few that actually work.
Text Message Spy – Remote Access
PhoneSpector is text message spy software that works by remotely accessing text messages (iMessages from an iPhone) and extracting them from the phone you are monitoring. The messages are typically viewed on your cell phone, mobile device, or tablet, but can also be viewed on any device with an internet connection (laptop or desktop computer). Text messages are delivered to you with the date and time the text message was transmitted on the target device and the complete contents of the message. You can also see the telephone number from which the message came and to which it was sent.
Information like this can be very useful to anyone who has a good reason to spy on texts when concerned for the safety or well being of another. As a parent, you can see if your child is exchanging messages with a child who may be a bad influence on them. Employers can use this software to maintain employee honesty and productivity.
Old & Deleted Text Messages
But what about when someone deletes text messages immediately after they are sent or received? PhoneSpector is one of only two programs (the other being Highster Mobile) that can actually recover deleted text messages from a mobile device. These programs can extract text messages that were deleted over a year ago or as recent as the day before. Think of it this way…If a person sends or receives a text message, then immediately deletes that message, the app will capture the message and make it available to you. Pretty scary and cool and the same time that a text spy app can do so much and cost so little.
As it was explained to me by the people at PhoneSpector, there is no way of knowing how many deleted text messages can be found using their SMS spy software because it depends entirely on the phone being monitored and some key factors about that phone. For example; the amount of available memory has a lot to do with how many text messages can be retrieved and how far back you can go. Cell phones with more memory can store more text messages. The more text messages stored, the more that can be retrieved. It’s that simple.
When you delete text messages from a cell phone they aren’t deleted completely until they are overwritten by another piece of data. Until they are overwritten, they can be retrieved and there is no way of knowing until you start retrieving them just how far back you can go. In most cases however, a good amount of deleted text messages can be retrieved using this phone spy software.
Invasion of Privacy?
How this technology is affecting todays society has become nearly an obsession. You will find advocates and opponents of the need and moral obligation to spy on text messages.
Antwan Jergins, who spent years in the online gaming industry claims that having control over his son’s cell phone has been a positive experience for both him and his son and has increased communication in the family. “He knows that his communications are being monitored so it has encouraged him to be more open and ask before he acts”, says Jergins.
Other teens however, see it as an invasion of their privacy. “My phone is my private life. It is none of parents business. I need and deserve my privacy”, says Lisa Swells. “If I thought my mom was spying on my phone I would just use my friends phone” she says.
Anybody who finds themselves in a position to use a text spy app should know that this type of software can easily be misused and exploited to invade a person’s privacy. This type of software can retrieve old and deleted text messages from just about any cell phone without the person knowing. In addition to text messages the software can also extract calls, GPS, photos, videos, website history and just about all activity from any cell phone that is being monitored. It can also extract information from tablets and computers.
Cell phone spy and SMS spy apps enable a person to spy on a phone and extract information in much the same way any government or law enforcement agency could. For PhoneSpector to gather data from an Android device, the app must be installed to the monitored phone. iPhones and other Apple devices do not require possession of the device. Installation can be done in only a few minutes. After the remote connection is established data from the target phone can be accessed from any cell phone, mobile device or computer provided and internet connection is available.
Catch a Cheating Spouse
Although you will probably not find any spy software advertised for this specific purpose it is safe to say that most people dealing with a potential cheating spouse will find this type of software very useful. Text spy apps that retrieve text messages and iMessages can be very effective in uncovering infidelity. With the advanced features they offer in conjunction with being undetectable on the device, it is safe to say that the user will probably never know they are being monitored. This level of security and anonymity can give a betrayed spouse access to information they may not otherwise have been able to acquire.
The ability to spy on text messages, recorded calls, GPS location and other secret and privately held and transmitted information is easily attainable with spy programs. Spy app developers will often have disclaimers on their website stating that their software is intended for the use of monitoring children and employees. Here is an excerpt from the Auto Forward Spy website.
To Spy or Not to Spy
Learning how to spy on text messages can be a great thing but, as with many things, it is human nature to abuse such power.
Keeping your children safe and out of harms way can hardly be a crime in my opinion. And employers who want to maintain good productivity are only acting in the best interest of their company, so I’m on board with that. Many people want to monitor loved ones for other reasons. Text message spy software can certainly get the job done for these interests but I caution you to act responsibly as this software is powerful enough to get any of these jobs done.
This technology is primarily used for parents who want to monitor their children and employers who want to monitor company owned devices. Parents are permitted to monitor the phones of their children and employers are permitted to monitor the company owned devices used by employees however, the employer must first gain the consent of the employee before they can monitor the company owned devices the employee will be using. Interestingly, even after gaining the employees consent the employer is not allowed to look at any personal correspondence made by an employee on a company owned device. Anybody using this software, or considering using this software, should always abide by applicable laws.