iPhone and Android owners are warning about horrific “stalkerware” apps that spy on everything you do

IPHONE and Android owners have been warned about creepy apps that allow controlling partners to spy on their other half.

So-called stalkerware apps can be installed on devices that jealous boyfriends or girlfriends have access to – and they’ll be hidden from the home screen so you have no idea what’s going on.

Shady apps have a second sinister side


Shady apps have a second sinister sideCredit: Alamy

Some of these apps try to market themselves as child monitoring tools.

But others blatantly encourage users to spy on partners by taking a scam angle.

One boasts that not only can it “enable you to read text messages from cheating spouses,” but it also “has the functionality to search through the device’s installed applications and keep an eye on social media and instant messenger data.” to keep”.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, experts have reported a newly discovered spooky side effect.

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Corresponding TechCrunchSome have allegedly stolen data from tens of thousands of iPhones and Android smartphones.

They are apparently riddled with security issues that can reveal things.

Encryption was supposed to be a first to protect user data, but that seems broken or just doesn’t exist at all.

At least 60,000 people are said to have been affected by one app alone since 2014.

The majority should run on Android.

But data was also stolen from thousands of iPhones.

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The strict rules and limitations of the iPhone make it much more difficult to install such apps on an iOS device.

Instead, developers target all backup data stored in iCloud.


Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Keep your phone close at all times.
  • Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
  • Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
  • If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of ​​the house — for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

The Frauenhilfe offers a live chat service – Available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.

You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.

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