By definition, cell phone spy software refers to any software program which allows you to monitor the use of a cell phone in some way. Different people may call it different things – cell phone monitoring software, spy phone software – you get the idea.
Although most people have probably heard of some of these terms, they usually do not understand just how powerful this type of software can be. They are usually shocked to hear just how much information someone can gain from installing spy software.
The other shock is that this type of software can be sold legally. You can read about the legal restrictions here.
Use of the term spy software is widespread but monitoring software is a more accurate description when it is used for legal purposes. When the first software programs came out they were advertized with headlines like catch a cheating spouse, spy on your husband and spy on your EX. Thankfully the better companies have moved on. Now the focus is firmly on monitoring activities – monitoring your kids cell phone or monitoring company cell phones.
What can it do?
With modern cell phone spy software you can monitor almost all activity which takes place on a cell phone. It is important to understand that it will only work on mobile phones with Internet capability – smart phones. The older types of mobile phone with no web access are safe from monitoring software.
The other issue you need to be aware of is phone compatibility – each program has downloads for specific phones and operating systems. You can read more details about compatibility here.
Some of the main programs are now available for use with the iPad and Android tablets, now they can be monitored in much the same way as any smart phone.
All the major companies will offer a similar range of basic features:
- Monitoring text messages – all SMS text messages sent and received. You can read the actual contents of the text messages and view the time and date stamps.
- Detailed call logs – you can view details of every call made and received by the target phone. You can see the phone numbers, times and duration.
- Internet browsing history – this feature gives a listing of all websites visited using the phone’s web browser.
- GPS tracking -you can track the monitored cell phone in real-time and view the recent movements of the phone. You can usually see this on a map, and it is very accurate.
- Monitor E-mail – with most programs you can monitor e-mails sent and received including the contents and the details – sender, date etc
- Files stored on the phone – you will be able to look at videos, photos, contacts, calendars – most of the personal files stored on the phone.
These are considered basic features and come with most monitoring software packages. It gets interesting when we look at some of the advanced features offered, usually at extra cost.
Competition between the rival software providers is pretty fierce, as they try to outdo each other with more detailed and advanced monitoring capabilities. Have you checked out my Mobile Spy , mSpy and StealthGenie reviews – more details of some advanced features.
Some of the advanced features you will find include:
- Call recording – as it sounds, you can record actual voice calls made or received by the target cell phone. You can even download the recordings and keep them for play back.
- Monitor message services – services like WhatsApp, iMessage, Viber, BB Messenger and others can now be monitored.
- Monitor social sites – with some packages you can monitor all activity on popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Record phone surroundings – this feature activates the microphone on the target phone and will record the immediate area – like a remote bug.
- Remote controls – you can remotely control the target cell phone with some programs. This can be a very powerful feature. You can remotely start or pause the spy app, lock and unlock the phone or even wipe all data from the phone.
- View and control installed apps – you can see any apps which have been installed on the phone. It is also possible to block access to these apps – very useful with children.
- Triggers and alerts – you can set up certain trigger words or phone numbers which when flagged up will send you an instant alert. Another great one for monitoring kids.
These are just a few of the features available with modern spy software. It is a fast moving marketplace, as new phones with new features come out; the spy software companies react with new ways to monitor them. It’s hard to keep up with some of the best software programs!
Now you know a little about cell phone spy software and what it can do – it’s time to dig a little deeper.
Follow along with my main Guide to Cell Phone Spy Software.