MISCELLANEOUS

Spy App Comes to the iPhone

Got a jailbroken iPhone? You really, truly should pin-lock it.

MobileSpy “phones home” – i.e. to producers Retina-X headquarters, with updates on the device’s position, sms and call logs. The updates can then be read from the mobilespy user account, via the Web. Previous versions of the app only supported Symbian and Windows Mobile based smartphones.

MobileSpy is available via the web, as a download, so anyone could order and install it from (and on) your iPhone, given a couple minutes physical access. It could be the ultimate stalker tool, or it could be a boon for
helicopter parents and people wishing to know where exactly that thief has gone with their new phone.

How it’s used in your particular case depends on the level of control you maintain over the device. Just remember, if you choose to install the app on your own phone, that the fine folks at Retina-X also get to see your
logs. There’s no word on the product website about the logs being sent in some encrypted form, either.

About the author

Răzvan STOICA

Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and
technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking.

Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief
editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to
the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English
language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's
online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since.

In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.