Right in front of our eyes, the word has shrunk into a tiny global village with transparent borders and instant deliverance of information. Now, any type of information can circulate freely round the globe, and it can evoke very contradictory feelings and emotions. Abundance of information, as well as its lack, can give the most deplorable results.
Modern people are becoming more and more worried about the aspects of life that was worry-free not so long ago, a mere couple of decades before the advent of digital means of communication. Anxiety has become the buzz word of present days, and the situation worsens with every year. We are being constantly bombarded by mass media messages full of negative emotions, financial defaults and political crises.
The telling feature of this psychological state is the same for everyone – an abnormal level of worries and an immediate picturing of the most horrific scenes, ranging from almost harmless assaults to murders, at the mere absence of immediate response to a regular call.
The reasons are different in nature but there are some basic underlying prerequisites:
The constant usage of different instant messengers is among the main factors worsening the situation. Your brain gets addicted to the constant ‘stay-in-touch-online’; and any unscheduled breach in the non-stop flow of online conversation is treated as a sign of danger. What is more, the number of these messaging services is growing in rapid fire fashion.
Are There Ways Out?
There is one remedy, at least for the cases when you want to protect your loved ones but cannot be at their side all the time. Mainly, it concerns children protection. You cannot guarantee that anything bad happens to them when you are away – bullying, shooting, or the mere loss of pocket money. The world is getting crueler day by day; and the defense against modern threats is rare and precious.
Instead of worrying in vain and eating your heart out, you can secure your virtual parental presence on the kid’s smart phone, a digital invader that can be converted into a faithful helper for parents. You can become omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient in the life of your kids, virtually.
Intrigued? The answer is simple – there are specialized mobile applications that can serve as guardians in the stormy sea of internet. For instance, mSpy app can perform tracking/monitoring functions of any online/offline activity of your kid and inform you about everything that happens with your kid during the day – starting from his/her texting while jogging to school in the morning up to the (possible, and now, quite preventable) sexting late at night. This app returns you the feeling of strong parental control and peace of mind.
Do Android apps make less money?
Approaching the end of 2013, Android impressed the world by 81% of the global smartphone market share, but… If to speak about average software figures, an Android app makes 5 times less money per download than an iOS app. Everything is not so clear in terms of revenue. Despite Android’s dominance in the market, iOS is still the biggest platform for many app developers, due to a variety of reasons.
User demographics seems to be one explanation of this complicated situation. All over the globe, iPhone is the device at the very top of the price ladder, affordable the few well-procured, while Android is available on a whole spectrum of devices, from high end to low end ones.
Let’s consider some instances. India ranges third in app downloads for Google Play, but it is reflected nowhere in the revenue charts. The same is with Brazil and Russia: they are responsible for the plethora of downloads, unfortunately, with almost no revenue for app developers. Cannot users in these countries afford or just do not want to pay for app content?
Strangely enough, the monthly average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) doesn’t differ much across countries; the matter is that the average income difference in these countries is almost five times in favor of the US:
Perhaps, there’s a more banal reason, an inability to pay with a credit card due to its sheer absence? The below data might provide the partial explanation:
Western markets are becoming increasingly saturated by versatile applications, whereas India, for instance, has less than 10% smartphone penetration, but shipments are increasing at a huge rate here.
There are strong alternatives to official Google Play distribution channel, including:
They are not so widely known, but as much as a third of the apps developers revenues is now coming from these channels, mainly from the emerging markets.
New horizons for apps developers
Alternative Android app stores are in dire need for quality content, and their promotion opportunities for Android developers are the most favorable. For instance, it’s 20 times more likely for a high-quality app to get featured on an alternative store than on Google Play. Thus, the future prospects for Android app developers are definitely dazzling.
No wonder, more developers are turning to emerging markets nowadays. Homogenous Western markets, characterized by one distribution channel, high-profile phones, majority of users with credit cards, favored a single strategy, but the situation is entirely different in emerging markets – many chances, changes, challenges, as well as rewards and threats.
One of the prospective strategies is to develop applications that are quite rare and very specialized but are in high demand. Among them, there are such niche software products as mobile tracking applications, for instance, mSpy.
Are you the boss in phone tracking?
Location tracking has become a common feature for many third-party apps, but one group of developers wants to give Android users the opportunity to understand the subtleties of these apps. MIT Technology Review reports that Rutgers University assistant professor Janne Lindqvist and his group have developed an app (it should be available on Google Play within the next two months) that will display a banner across the front of the screen that reads “Your location is accessed by [app name]” any time an app accesses the GPS functionality of your smartphone. Lindqvist and his group performed a field study that demonstrated to a group of participants just how many of their apps were accessing their location and gathering location data. God only knows what official agencies can get access to these data, and how they can be employed! So, in order not to be tracked and trapped unaware, be the first to protect the privacy of your family and secure your business data – start tracking the important target phones yourself!
History of tapping is as old as the hills.
The next really big thing in eavesdropping is mind reading. Though some people think it’s still way off in the future, advances are being made every year. Here is one instance. By analyzing MRI images of the brain with an elegant mathematical model, it is possible to reconstruct thoughts more accurately than ever before. In this way, researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen have succeeded in determining which letter a test subject was looking at. A minor step forward, but nevertheless, it’s the movement ahead in the development of functional mind-reading devices!
Is Eavesdropping a Human Brain Actually Possible?
Researchers have managed to collect the first solid evidence that the pattern of brain activity seen in someone performing a mathematical exercise under experimentally controlled conditions are very similar to that observed when the person engages in quantitative thought in the course of daily life. The researchers monitored electrical activity in a certain region of the brain. It is known to be engaged in attention focusing and hand motion. Previous studies showed that some nerve-cell clusters in this area are also involved in numerosity, the mathematical equivalent of literacy. It turned out that electrical activity in a particular group of nerve cells in that brain region peaked when volunteers were performing calculations. It was possible to find out, simply by consulting the electronic record, whether a volunteer was engaged in quantitative thought. Thus, these facts can lead researchers to find a way to “eavesdrop” on the brain in everyday life.
To get tangible results with mind-reading devices and to move from theories to practice, scientists need the proper testing fields; here the problem begins. One cannot get an access to a living human brain at an easy rate. Thus, a team at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has succeeded in growing miniature human brains. The team, led by Dr. Jürgen Knoblich, started by analyzing human stem cells that has the capacity to change into any other type of cell found in the body. The complicated procedure took up a couple of months. It is now hoped that such lab-grown brains could be used as models for understanding brain disorders, testing of treatments and other types of experiments. No need for brains extracted from living organisms anymore!
Present-Day State of Affairs in Tapping
All these findings could one day lead to the appearance of “mind-reading” devices or applications that could potentially help not only those who are mute to communicate via passive thinking, but many other people as well. It will definitely happen in spite of pessimistic sentiments that these devices and applications are a long way off.
For the moment being, in the absence of the abovementioned gadgets, we have the single possibility to employ specialized software for tapping, not people’s brains, but merely cell phones. mSpy is one of such “phone-reading” applications that can tell you what is happening with the target phone – its calls, messages, web visits, physical locations etc. It has numerous advanced functions that let you know everything about the phone actions as if you are inside the mind of its user.
Good marks at school and praiseworthy behavior are good on their own, but if they are repaid for by the purchase of some long-awaited gadgets, parents have to be prepared to the necessity of protecting their kids from online and offline predators and digital dangers.
In-built Security on Apple Devices
Sometimes, parents cannot afford to buy a separate iPhone, iPod, or iPad to their offspring and allow their kids to use their own devices for a limited period of time. In this case, it can be fraught with deplorable consequences, as you can store some business-vital information on your gadget that can be easily damaged by the unsuspecting kids themselves or pinched out from them by the online extorters. Thus, the imposed restriction upon the usage of certain resources is the best decision of the conscious parents to secure confidential data stored on the device, as well as the vulnerable children psyche.
In the case you worry about your business reputation, go to Settings on your Apple device and choose General. After that, pick Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and turn OFF those features you want to restrict access to. Of course, your kids can turn out to be more tech-savvy than you are, but palliative measures are better than no preventive actions at all.
In case you’re not satisfied by the standard in-built (in-house, as it were) iPhone parental controls, there are some third-party apps you can download from different stores: iWonder Surf (allows to control “when, where and what” of all the web visits undertaken by kids), Kidsafe YouTube (to safeguard children from casting their eyes upon the inappropriate visual content and to offer some useful substitution of educational nature instead), Kids Email (to erect impenetrable barriers between spam letters, bullying messages and your kids by keeping your parental finger on their e-mail pulse), etc.
Security on Android Devices
There are no embedded parental control features in Android. Instead, you’re restricted to 500-something third-party apps on Google Play: for instance, Parental Control (able to control of almost every activity of the kid’s phone), Net Nanny for Android (having an interesting feature of the inbuilt restricting filters for the specified age groups), Kids Place – Parental Control (serving as a personal working place of their own for your kids, segregated for them at your phone), etc.
But these severely restricting applications are good for those children who are not properly educated on the issues of online dangers yet, being not grown-up enough to filter Internet content on their own. If you educate teenagers, in order to save time, money and nerves, it’s better to establish a trust-based relationship when you both know where the dangerous borderline is.
One More Solution
There is one more app on the list I’d like to tell you about in particular. It’s called mSpy, as an allusion to the omnipresent and omnipotent secret agent able to serve and to protect people in dangerous situations. Unlike its competitors, this application has the widest range of features to undertake full-range parental control of any potential threat our digital world offers today, be it unauthorized content from audio/video channels, various text messengers or live chats with harassing strangers.
Nowadays, in the era of cosmic speeds and extremely simplified global communication, there is a plethora of instant messenger services that appear every day and spring into immediate popularity: ICQ, Skype, iMessage, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, to name just a few. These miracles of digital communication can do wonder – change personal and public consciousness, style of life, mode of behavior etc. Today, we’d like to talk about one such service developing rapidly right in front of our very eyes – WhatsApp.
New Messaging Record
There is the breaking news of this service announced a couple of days ago. Cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp claimed that it has around 430 million active users at the moment and that up to 50 billion messages are sent and received through the app each day. The company added 100 million active users in the last four months alone.
During the interview carried out in connection with getting past the point of this significant number, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum talked about privacy and touched on how his upbringing in Soviet Ukraine influenced the company’s stand on advertising and privacy. WhatsApp doesn’t collect users’ personal information and only knows the users’ phone numbers. Koum mentioned that WhatsApp makes it a point to know as little as possible about the users.
Security is of Prime Importance
Judging by previous experience, there is the possibility of employing even the good things with negative consequences. For example, an instant messenger can be used not only to send texts and other media files to friends and relatives as quick as lightning, but to harass or bully someone online with the same ease. In this very case, certain protective measures should and can be easily undertaken.
Speaking about both online/offline protection of data and people, there is specialized software for cell phones that can perform the functions of a so-called “online bodyguard” for dear people and precious information alike. All you need is a mobile phone and a simple monitoring application to be installed on it. For instance, mSpy application can serve as your own personal pocket guard in a superb way! It will track and monitor all the online/offline actions of the owners of target mobile phones.
The needs to resort to such measures can be different:
The only well-rounded and all-embracing decision for these troubles can be a reliable tracking/monitoring application for mobile phones, such as mSpy. It’s simple to install, to use, to upgrade or to deactivate it remotely if such a necessity arises. Besides, this app is compatible with almost all the models and existing platforms of cell phones. It can really become a bargain.
If you are considering installing mobile phone spy software in order to monitor your kids or your employees, you may be wondering if it is something you have the technical skills to handle. It may sound like a complicated task, but in reality, it is actually very easy to accomplish. Obviously, the installation process is going to differ slightly between apps, but the basic steps are usually the same. Let’s take a look at the basics of installing a mobile phone monitoring app.
1. Preparing the Device
You will need to have physical access to the device that you wish to monitor. Any app which claims that you can install it remotely will not work as this is just not possible. You will need to jailbreak an iPhone to install your app, just as you will need to root an Android device. This is a good time to point out that you must choose an application that is compatible with your device and its operating system. Android apps cannot be installed on an iPhone and vice versa! Take the time to read through installation guides if they are provided. All of the premier mobile phone tracking apps, like mSpy, will make comprehensive guides available to you.
The best advice for any beginner is to give yourself plenty of time. In theory, these apps are designed to be installed in a matter of minutes, but if it is your first time, you may need a little longer to get it right so do make sure that you are not pushed for time.
2. Getting the Software Installed
These steps are generally the same for all apps of this nature, although they may occur in a slightly different order. Just pay attention to your chosen app’s guidelines.
The first step is to buy or subscribe to the software of your choice.
You will need to register with the provider in order to create your online account, so make sure that your details are all valid, especially the email address.
Once registered, you will receive a download link. It is normal to be asked to download this using the target device.
Once the download is complete, you may be asked to enter an activation code to trigger the installation process.
In most cases, you will need to reboot the device to complete the installation.
That’s it! It really is that simple to install the monitoring software on the device of your choice!
3. Get Ready To Monitor
The only part that can be a little complicated is actually setting up your online account with your preferred settings. You may not want to receive all reports in which case you will need to set up the appropriate parameters. It is usually fairly intuitive and again, the top monitoring apps all provide documentation explaining the process. Once your reports have been created, you can start to receive online reports about activity carried out on the device.
There can be little doubt that we are now living in a highly technological society, even our kids are eager to have the latest must-have cell phone or tablet. In some respects, this is a great tool for our children as today’s smartphones are like a miniature computer in their pocket, giving them access to all sorts of useful resources. Unfortunately, there is also a darker side to this near 24/7 connectivity to the internet. Not only are our children vulnerable to adults who may prey on them via the internet, but they are exposed to bullying from their peers via email, texts and social networking sites. This is known as cyber bullying.
The most recent studies indicate that more than half of all young people believe that cyber-bullying is just a part of everyday life, while around 40% of parents indicate that they would have no idea how to deal with the problem if their child came to them confiding the problem. These figures highlight a growing problem which parents and teachers alike feel unable to handle without further support. Parents are concerned for their child’s safety when it comes to the internet, but they are not equipped with the knowledge required to handle the situation if cyber bullying does occur.
Many parents undertake online monitoring to make their kids safe online by:
It is estimated that around 70% of young people between the ages of 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyber bullying once, with around 20% of those saying that their experience was ‘extreme’. These figures, coupled with the fact that half of all children expect bullying as a part of their life, make for some distressing news. There are calls for the education system to introduce more training to help teachers to not only educate our kids about this worrying trend, but also to help them deal with instances as they occur.
Ways Out of the Problem Pit
While that is great news, it does little to help parents who are concerned about cyber bullying. It is often very difficult for a child to admit to a parent, or any other adult, that they are being bullied. For some reason, this seems worse when it comes to cyber bullying. Some youngsters feel that because it is on the internet rather than being physical threats, then it is not as serious, but that is certainly not the case. It is because of their children’s reluctance to report cyber bullies that many parents are turning to cell phone monitoring in order to intercept abusive messages sent to their children via email, instant messengers, SMS or social media.
When parents are able to intercept such messages, it can alert them to the problem as early as possible, allowing them to step in and take action before it escalates. This can also work if it is your child who is guilty of bullying someone. We all would love to believe our ‘angels’ would never do such a thing! But if they ARE accused, then monitoring their cellphone will allow you to get a straight answer one way or the other allowing you to either clear their name or discipline them as appropriate.
With cell phone spy apps like mSpy, it is easy to keep track of everything that your child gets up to even if you are not particularly tech savvy.
When it comes to the topic of cell phone spy apps, there is one question that always springs to mind – Is cell phone spying actually legal? It is a reasonable question, especially when you look at the powerful features that the top apps actually offer, including GPS location tracking, call recording and SMS interception, to name just a few. With these apps, it is possible for anyone to access mobile and web browsing activity, even if they are not particularly technically minded. It can be done by both governmental agencies (just recollect the most recent hue and cry about the NSA wiretapping practices and Edward Snowden’s revelations) and single persons with the same ease. It’s difficult to imagine that this could be completely legal, but it actually is. However, there are some restrictions involved. Let’s take a closer look at the legal issues pertaining to cell phone monitoring spy apps, such as mSpy.
Legal Uses for Mobile Phone Spy Tools
First and foremost, it is entirely legal for a software developer to create and market a cell phone spying tool. The legal issues arise when it comes to how the buyer intends to use that software. Although privacy laws differ depending on where you live, the general rule of thumb is that you must own or at least be the bill payer of the cell phone or other mobile device that you wish to monitor. However, this does not give you the right to spy on your spouse, since all adult users must be notified of your intent to use spy tools. If you see any company advertising that their spy app can help you to catch a dishonest partner, then it should be an immediate red flag. This type of monitoring is actually illegal and no reputable developer would encourage this type of use. Google have actually banned these adverts from all of their channels.
The only legal ways to use mobile phone spy tools are:
You need not inform your children that they are being monitored, as due parental control is your prime duty as a parent. But your employees do need to be informed. This is usually handled by a contractual clause signed by the employee when they are hired notifying them that they may be monitored when using company devices. If you do not inform the adult in question of your spying activities, then not only are you breaking the law, but your evidence will not be permissible if you take legal action. It means you cannot use the evidence to fire an employee or divorce your spouse.
Do Check the Disclaimer
Companies who provide cell phone spy software do not have any control over what you use their apps for once you have purchased it. Therefore, they will usually have a disclaimer on their website which absolves them of any legal responsibility should you decide to break the law. This may not be made obvious but you will usually be asked to check a box confirming that you have read it, so do make a point of reading it so that you know exactly what you are agreeing to.
If you are looking for a cell phone spy app, then seek out a reputable company like mSpy and use your app responsibly and within the law. The abovementioned vendor abides by the law in its every move, providing one of the best spyware products at the market at the same time.
As a parent, it is difficult to keep up to date with the latest trends in the teenagers’ life, especially when it comes to technology! With our kids wired into the internet around the clock, it is increasingly difficult to keep tab on what they are doing and who they are talking to online. In any case, we have to exert strict parental control in spite of any technical or financial difficulties. One of the latest ways that kids are choosing to communicate is through Viber – a service which allows calls and messaging using cellphones and tablets. Let’s look at what Viber actually is and why you need to keep an eye on it.
What is Viber?
With a growing number of chat apps and instant messengers available to our kids, many parents are not even aware of most of them! Viber is among the most popular apps right now so all parents need to familiarize themselves with it if they are to protect their kids. Viber is an app for phones and other mobile devices which allows both text messaging and voice calls to be made using either WiFi or the data plan attached to the device. This allows kids to make free calls and to send free texts as long as they are within their data limit. The app is totally free to download, so the kids won’t make you aware of its usage by asking for additional pocket money!
Why Monitor Viber?
Most parents do check their kids’ emails and texts now and then to make sure that they are not getting into anything dangerous or inappropriate. But when apps like Viber are used, these will not show up on the phone itself. Even if you have a monitoring app installed, it may not cover Viber. This means that your child could be engaging in inappropriate chat or be the subject of bullying without your knowledge.
The good news is that some of the premium mobile tracking apps, like mSpy, are now compatible with Viber and will intercept calls and messages in much the same way as they would for the phone itself. If your child uses apps like Viber, then you need to take that into account when choosing which monitoring app to use. Similar message apps that you may also wish to monitor include:
If you are concerned about what your child is doing when they spend hours staring at their phone or iPad, then monitoring their device is a great way to put your mind at ease while keeping a close eye on them. You should educate yourself on the latest chat trends including apps like Viber, so that you know what you should be looking for. It also pays to read up on chat acronyms and teenage slang so that once you have intercepted the messages you will actually be able to decipher them. In any case, the more you know about your kids’ life, both online and offline ones, the better way of their protection from possible threats you can offer.
This year, the 7-10 January convention witnessed one more annual tech event that can stun the imagination of the pickiest connoisseurs. CES often sets the tone for the rest of the year for what hot new gadgets and software will win the hearts, minds and wallets of consumers.
Main attraction spots were, as usually, cars and TVs, tablets and smartphones, as well as most different wearable tech blah-blah-blah; among unusual ones – smart kitchens, toothbrushes, beds, light bulbs and other funny home gadgets, even smart jewelry, but there are some things which are more interesting for us, that is, mobile applications.
The most promising applications introduced at the show
One more app for you. It’s very useful, seriously, it is!
All in all, the realm of useful mobile applications enlarges with every passing day. Speaking about monitoring and security, and not only for your dear pets or costly hi-tech houses, do pay attention to mSpy – the mobile solution that can help you secure the online/offline actions of your children, employees and business partners.