Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
Generally in a trusting relationship spying isn’t necessary. I’m sure Sandra Bullock, Kate Gosselin or Tiger Wood’s wife didn’t think they needed to spy on their husbands, until they did. Reckless behavior like that can bring home a very itchy or very deadly disease. One that victimizes the innocent.
The fact is humans have a tendency to lie. Lying is generally done to protect people from the consequences of their actions or to protect others from the emotional hurt because of what they did.
Spying generally occurs when trust is broken or intuition kicks in and someone senses something is askew. Spying is easier today than it’s ever been. According to a recent survey polling 1,000 men and women of various ages, incomes, and locations in the United States, there’s a 38 percent chance you would spy if you’re 25 or younger.
Among respondents, 38 percent of those 25 years old or younger admitted to snooping on their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s messages, and 36 percent of those who are married admitted to checking their spouse’s e-mail or call history.
Spying can be accomplished by simply picking up a person’s phone and looking at the incoming and out going calls and text messages. Mobile phone spyware is readily available and can monitor almost every aspect of a phones use remotely.
Small wireless cameras installed in lighters, pens, clocks, smoke detectors and just about anything else are readily available. Commercially available spyware can easily be installed on a person’s computer. Undetectable hardware called “key catchers” can be installed in the PS2 or USB ports and the person’s keyboard is piggybacked and logs all their keystrokes.
Identity thieves are using the exact same technologies.
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