Cell Phone Spyware
Who is spying on your phone?
I don't know what is worse: the fact that smartphones are so easily tracked via spyware, or the fact that people accept this spyware into their phones so easily.
Consider the case of www.spybubble.com, which offers SpyBubble cell phone bugging software. They don't call it "bugging", but that's what it amounts to. When you visit their site, you are treated to a very long, full-page sales pitch designed to appeal to the micromanager in all of us. Subtitled "the truth exposed", their software promises to "track every move your partner, employee or child is making using our powerful cell-phone monitoring technology!"
Excuse me while I go throw up.
The sales pitch begins by questioning the notion that you can trust the people who are closest to you. In essence, it starts off by assuming that no one is worthy of your trust, particularly your mate or your child. From this sordid assumption follows some of the most Machiavellian self-righteous B.S. you will ever want to read. The narrator tells about a new employee he hired named Scott. He says Scott looked all right, but something didn't seem right about him. So the narrator decided to spy on Scott's cell phone.
Never mind the fact that if he didn't trust Scott, he shouldn't have hired him in the first place. What kind of numbskull pulls a dumb move like that? Of course, the fact that he's a micromanager plays heavily in the hire. After all, if he trusts the person he hires, then he has no reason to spy on him and micromanage him! The logic is compelling, although it is also perverse.
Anyway, back to our story. The narrator then tells how he discovered, by spying on the guy's cell phone, that Scott was siphoning hundreds of dollars from the company till. This, of course, in the morally vague area of the narrator's mind (and presumably the mind of his prospective buyer), justifies the invasion of privacy he engaged in. After all, if he made a bad hire, knew he made a bad hire, then discovered by spying on his cell phone that his bad hire was stealing from him...well, that makes it all okay, doesn't it?
The next sentence screams in big headline letters, "You simply cannot trust some people" and then it immediately equates this stirring idea to the idea that if you have the feeling that your spouse or partner is cheating on you, then you are probably right, and therefore you are justified in spying on them and violating their privacy. PULLEASE!
Needless to say, this cell phone spyware stuff is a real threat to people's personal privacy. Is it any wonder, then, that it so easily installs in what the marketplace calls "smartphones"? I mean come on! The phone is smarter than you are, so you decide to trust it?
Never, ever trust your cell phone. Always assume that your call is being monitored. That's the only safe way to treat a cell phone these days.
Last Update: 8/1/2011