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Smartphone spyware a double-edged sword

Smartphone spyware

A variety of spy applications and software are out there. Some are aimed at helping parents keep an eye on their kids' internet activities. Other software lets employers know where their staff are at any given time based on the GPS location information coming from the company phone they carry. Some products market specifically to people who want to find out if their lover is cheating.

Do an online search for such mobile phone apps and you'll soon figure out which ones are most popular. Some charge you a one-time or monthly fee. Some require that you gain access to the phone of the person you want to spy on in order to install the spyware. But in researching this story, I quickly started considering, anything you can do to someone else's phone can certainly to be done to you.

In this video which aired on NBC 24 News at 6 on October 29, 2015, I talked to a counselor who works with couples in conflict and with experts in smart phone sales and repair for things we should know about this personal spy software.

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