Spy Phone Software: A Serious Business Problem

The main reason that spy phone software is a growing problem in business is that everyone has a cell phone, from the person in the mailroom to the CEO. Smart phones are everywhere and it is a rare executive or manager who does not have a Blackberry or an iPhone. Any one of these phones can have spyware on them – known or unknown to the person who owns the phone.

This software, installed on a phone, gives the spy access to a lot of information about a company and leaves no trace of who is responsible or even if confidential information has been leaked. The spy could be a dishonest employee or a loyal employee who does not know that the spyware has been installed on the phone.

What Spy Software Can Do

Information is power, and if your competitor knows your every move and can listen in on confidential meetings and decisions, they will have a tremendous advantage. Yes it is illegal. It is also very easy to do and very difficult to get caught. Employees found with spyware on their phones can claim that they did not install it and did not know it was there. This would be very hard to check, if you could detect the spyware to begin with.

Spyware installed covertly on the phone of a CEO or top executive of the company would enable the spy to listen in to confidential conversations near the phone. A competitor with access to this information could cause a lot of damage.

Removing the spyware from your own phone, does not address the problem of the dishonest employee who may be selling information gained through the spyware. Client lists, lawyers, business partners, and all the conversations with these people are no longer confidential.

Protection From Spying

What kinds of steps can be taken to protect the confidential information? Banning all cell phones from the work place would be punishing innocent people who need their phones to do their work and keep in touch with family members.

The company could provide everyone with a smart phone and track all the phones provided. As owners of the phones, the company can legally monitor them – as long as the employees know this is being done. This would also put the company in a position to ask that all phones come in regularly to be wiped clean of any spyware that may have been installed covertly. These kinds of measures would increase everyone’s awareness of spying software and make it more difficult for spying to be carried on in the workplace.

To assume a conversation over a cell phone, or near a cell phone, is confidential is a mistake. Take precautions; don’t discuss confidential information on the phone or near a phone. Remember, you may not have spy software on your phone, but the other person may have it on theirs.