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We may soon find out Can Donald Trump really get away with murder? Site Map. Media Video Audio Photos. Subscribe Podcasts Newsletters. Connect Contact Us. While these companies state that their products should not be used on someone's device without their permission, in reality this is not the case in the vast majority of situations, and these disclaimers clash with often blatant advertising that recommends using it to spy on romantic partners. Once one of these intrusive apps is installed on a victim's device, a stalker can monitor their exact location, read messages, view photos and even silently turn on their microphone to listen in whenever they want.
Today there are over 25, apps that facilitate stalking or spying, many of which can be downloaded from the official app stores or directly from the developer's website.
They're not hard to find, either, with one of the most popular stalking tools, mSpy, even spotted in a Twitter advert last month. Stalkerware is most common on Android devices, but iPhones are by no means immune to hacking. If you're concerned about stalkerware finding its way onto your phone, you'll probably head over to your app store to get an anti-stalkerware app.
Given the popularity of iPhones, this may seem strange, but the reason actually lies with Apple themselves as they don't allow anti-stalkerware apps within their App Store, claiming that their devices do not need them. Hard to believe, isn't it?
That for one of the most popular phones in the world, the average user has no easy way to check if their device is hacked. There have been several security vulnerabilities affecting iPhones in the news recently.go here
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Most notably the WhatsApp attack earlier in the year and a mistake in iOS All prompting people to question whether Apple's devices are as secure as we once thought. With no signs of Apple allowing fully fledged security apps anytime soon, it's important for iPhone users to remain vigilant against hackers and stalkerware.
If you are worried that stalkerware or spyware may already be installed on your iPhone, then even though there aren't any apps for this available on the App Store, there are some non-App Store tools emerging such as MobilEdit that can detect if you've been a victim of stalkerware. Even if you've never been a victim of stalkerware, arming yourself with knowledge of the threats and taking appropriate precautions can make it very difficult for someone to successfully install it on your device.
This knowledge may help you or a friend potentially escape a dangerous situation in the future. Simon Lewis, co-founder of Certo Software, has over 15 years' experience in cybersecurity and threat analysis.