New Software Lets People Spy On Your IPad

Posted: May 6 2010, 8:44am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:58pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


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A new app records all e-mail messages, Web site history, and contact info from an iPad and store it online for someone else to view.

The software froms from Retina-X Studios, which we've profiled in the past for their mobile phone spying software, which some argue goes a bit too far by silently recording all call activity, text messages, and basically all personal data.

The developer describes the software as a useful tool for employers who issue company iPads to their employees, or parents who are concerned (obsessed?) about their child's Internet activity.

The "authorized" user must first have access to the iPad to install Mobile Spy, but after that there is no record that the program was installed. That means that people may be monitored without any clue that they are.

The person that installed the software can log onto a special Web site that displays all the recorded information, which is stored in real-time and cached, so even if someone clears their browser history immediately after viewing a Web site, that site will still appear on the Mobile Spy interface.

"Any device that can browse the Internet or send email can lead to unauthorized activities. Before now there was no method to monitor activities of children or employees on the iPad," wrote Retina-X CEO in a statement.

In future updates to the software, the studio wants to add GPS tracking, as well as the ability to remotely look at all photos and text notes saved on the device.

Unfortunately for the voyeurs but fortunately for individual users, the software only works on a jailbroken iPad, so someone would have to go to a lot of trouble to be able to spy on you. It's troublesome, nonetheless.

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