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Here’s a simple way to spy on your kid’s iPhone activity

September 24th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
iPhone: How to Spy on Your Kid's Smartphone

Spying on smartphones is a hot topic nowadays, following the recent celebrity nudes leaks, but also Apple’s and Google’s independent commitments to better protecting personal data on mobile devices. However, there’s one kind of spying that some smartphone users might actually be interested in, and that’s keeping tabs on their children who are already using smartphones, especially younger kids who have been given a smartphone of their own. To test one such app, BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos monitored a 21-year old student for two weeks and learned a ton of details about her target in the process.

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Using a program called TeenSafe, Notopoulos looked at iCloud data from her target, who previously agreed to be spied upon in such a manner. In the process, the reporter was able to access a large collection of text messages (including deleted texts), call logs, web and search history and device location, details that helped her figure out some things about her target.

“[Despite] the piecemeal way I navigated her most intimate correspondence and data trail, there was no real detective work necessary, here,” Notopoulos said. “Taylor’s iCloud formed a clear and comprehensive portrait of Taylor’s life. While maybe not surprising, it was another reminder to me just how much information is sitting in the cloud under varying levels of security. Recent celebrity hacks have exposed a lot of personal photos to the general public, but the reality is there’s far more intimate data resting in the cloud, namely a near-complete snapshot of one’s life.”

The software the reporter used works on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, though it costs $14.95 per month after the first free trial week. The full BuzzFeed story is available at the source link.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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