Being a mother of two and housewife I find I have very little time at all for myself and I, like most mothers, are always worried about the safety of my children. Unfortunately, trying to get information from children is virtually impossible and the more you try, the more they want to hide things from you.
Recently I have come across a number of BlackBerry spy apps ads and wanted to see if these apps really work and do what they say they can do.
In short, the answer is YES they do work and they work surprisingly well.
To my delight these apps allow me to keep a close eye on my family without them needing to know I am watching and I can do it from anywhere I have internet access.
How BlackBerry Spy Apps Work?
Simple. First you need to install the application on their phones. Since I purchased the phones for my children I just installed the application easily through the BlackBerry web browser before giving it to them. It takes only about 5 minutes to install.
Once installed, the application will start sending data to the companies website and I can immediately start monitoring a large amount of information that is collected from the phones 24-7.
They track everything I could possibly need to know.
- GPS Location tracking
- All Call Logs
- Text Messeges (PIN, SMS, MMS, BlackBerry Messenger Messages) spy apps
- All Emails
- New media files (pictures, videos, audio)
- Contacts, Calendar, Notes
As well as tracking all of this data you can also send commands to the phone for various special tasks.
- Send me a SMS whenever they are on a call (provide watch number or blank for all numbers)
- Record audio clip from the phones microphone and email it to me
- Have the phone call me so I can listen in on the phones surroundings
- Allow me to auto join in on current call in progress
You might be thinking wow how can one application do all of this. Well apparently it does. These people at MobileZenith have managed to cram all these features into their TrackWary Pro application with more coming apparently according to their support guys.
How Do You View The Data?
Most of the data collected is viewable online from the TrackWary Center (call logs, contacts, sms, etc). You can even view the collected GPS data graphically from a map with pins showing last location captured along with date/time.
Other data is emailed to you. This includes the emails received or sent from the phone, and all new media files (pictures, videos and audio) and the chat logs for BlackBerry Messenger.
It is pretty clear that these BlackBerry spy applications could be used for other purposes such as tracking a cheating spouse, or monitoring employees. Whether it would be legal or not I can not say as I am not a lawyer. At least in the employees case, companies should be allowed to install software on their equipment to monitor the usage and the whereabouts of it.
For monitoring your children, they are extremely useful applications to protect against the many dangers faced by children in the world we live in today.
Protect Yourself From BlackBerry Spy Apps SCAMS!
There are a large number of ads right now and many are flat out SCAMS. I fell for one that claimed you can install the application through Bluetooth and so you do not need the phone in your hand to install the application.
This I found out the hard way is simple not possible. You cannot install BlackBerry applications remotely on a phone without access to the phone. Any ad suggesting that their application can do this is a SCAM. Run from it as fast as you can.