One in ten Americans uses spyware against partners and ex

One in ten Americans uses spyware against partners and ex

Usually, apps that are secretly installed on victims' phones are used and then run in the background without their knowledge.

Threat researchers detected 12 apps on the Google Play Store that empower people to stalk partners, employees, or kids.

According to a new survey conducted by antivirus provider Nortonlifelock, one in ten Americans admits they used so-called stalkerware to spy on their partner or former partner, Cnet reports.

Usually, apps that are secretly installed and run in the background on victims’ phones. The apps can then do things like send on SMS and photos to the spy.

The apps used are often marketed as being to help people keep track of their children. The use of such apps can violate the law and usually, the use of the apps occurs in conjunction with other crimes, such as violence in close relationships.

According to the survey, it is twice as common for men to use the programs.

29 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS IN THE SURVEY ADMITTED THAT THEY CHECKED THEIR PARTNER’S MOBILE WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION AND 21 PERCENT SAID THEY CHECKED THEIR INTERNET HISTORY.

43 percent of the responding men and 27 percent of the women thought that this kind of behavior was not so serious, as long as the person was not also physically persecuted.

Security company Avast recently warned of seven Android apps that can be used to spy on people without their knowledge.

The two most popular apps, Spy Tracker and SMS Tracker, have been downloaded over 50,000 times each. With the help of these you can, among other things, get hold of a person’s position, contact lists, text messages and call history, which makes the apps classified as “stalkerware”.

Now it is reported that the affected apps have been removed from Google Play, this being in violation of the regulations.

If you are worried that someone has installed a spy app on your mobile phone, keep an eye out for the following apps:

    • Track Employees Check Work
    • Phone
    • Online Spy Free
    • Spy Kids Tracker
    • Phone Cell Tracker
    • Mobile Tracking
    • Spy Tracker
    • SMS Tracker
    • Employee Work Spy

With apps such as Spy Tracker and SMS Tracker it is possible to get hold of a person's position, contact lists, text messages and call history.

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