Becky Worley of Upgrade Your Life (Yahoo! News) tells us today how to bust your phone snooper. Most likely (according to a survey by Lookout) the snooper is someone in your private circle: a spouse, a friend or one of the kids. Like Becky and most folks know the snooper can be locked out by a passcode/word. She argues for the satisfaction of snagging those sneaky snoopers. Well, there are apps for that and Android seems to lead in that area.
The first app she touches is Hidden Eye (by Midas Ensemble) – and this is where she contradicts (?) herself at least once. Hidden Eye activates when a snooper attempts to enter your security code and fails. The implication is that you must have your code keyed in. When the snooper makes his move the app takes an automatic photo image of him/her just for you. The other implication is that the snoop may be trying to access things like your Google Wallet, PayPal and other personal $ apps and sites. So if your accounts have been mysteriously shrinking this may be your first cyber resource.
Becky cycles back to Lookout and it functions in a similar way to Hidden Eye. After a number of failed attempts to key in your code Lookout snaps their image and sends it your preferred location. Again the implication is that they may be trying to access your $ accounts. However, the survey by the same folks states that most snoopers (in your personal circle) may just be searching for text messages and maybe some images. If you have “secrets” either of these smartphone apps may be for you. The other thing is that if you are in the habit of laying down your phone in public then these may be your necessary apps.
IPhone apps are less sophisticated she says, but who cares when you have the vaunted iPhone security? Who Snooped? is one iTunes app that snaps the snooper when they pick up your iPhone and cutely tells them “Stop snooping!” The iTrust app is more amusing, maybe. You create a “dummy home page” that traps the snoop and creates a screen shot of the apps they were targeting. We can’t say if Who Snooped? and iTrust work in tandem - but @ $0.99 is it worth trying? All appear to be sneaky apps designed to snag that sneaky snooper.