In today’s digital world, email is one of the main ways we contact each other. 14 years ago, Congress signed a set of rules called the CAN-SPAM Act designed to protect consumer privacy and limit the amount and type of unsolicited marketing messages they receive.
New Trend: Mobile Apps for Catching Snoopers
Allison here. A recent article highlighted a survey conducted by phone security company, Lookout, in which one-third of people admitted to sneaking glances at text messages, photos, and emails on a loved one’s phone. This is a concerning statistic, now that our mobile phones store more and more of our personal data. A snooper with malicious intent that has access to personal data from your mobile device can even put you at risk for id theft and id fraud. If you suspect that someone is snooping through your personal data on your mobile phone, here are four apps that can help you catch the culprit:
HiddenEye – This Android app takes a picture when someone tries to unlock your phone by incorrectly guessing your passcode. The app can also be synced with your Dropbox account, so any pictures taken can be sent there directly. It only works when your passcode is at least four letters/numbers long, and reviews have said that this app doesn’t take pictures on Nexus phones, but it can still be a valuable resource should your phone get stolen, or should someone try to access your data without permission.
Lookout – This Android app will not only take a picture if someone incorrectly guesses your passcode, but it can also be remotely tracked. Should your phone fall into the wrong hands, you can use your computer to lock your phone as well, ensuring no one is able to access your data. The premium version also comes with a remote lock and wipe feature that wipes all of the data off of your phone if it gets stolen.
WhoSnooped – One of two iPhone options, this app enables you set a trap for a snooper, should you suspect someone is trying to access information on your mobile phone. To set the trap, set your camera to front facing, click on “Start Who Snooped” to lock your phone. Whenever anyone tries to unlock your phone, his or her picture will be taken. Please note that this app must be set by you, so it is only helpful if you already have a suspicion that someone is snooping through your phone.
iTrust – This app states that it will allow you to see an actual log of an intruder using your phone, recorded by the camera on your iPhone. To set the trap, simply start the iTrust app, follow the in-app instructions, and then leave your phone laying around for the suspected snooper to find. The app will then create a log and video recording of anything a snooper accesses after the app is set. As a disclaimer, it should be noted that this app is not yet compatible with the iPhone 5, and not all reviews were positive.
Now, these tools alone won’t prevent identity theft, so you still need to check your credit reports and be mindful of the information you share online. Check back often for more tips and trends in mobile security.