National Cyber Awareness System:
10/23/2019 11:22 AM EDT
Original release date: October 23, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article warning consumers of “stalking apps”—spyware that secretly monitors smartphones. These apps can share information like call history, text messages, photos, GPS locations, and browser history without the user’s knowledge. Although this can be a useful tool, stalking apps can also be used maliciously.
Smartphone users who suspect an illegitimate stalking app on their device should consider the following steps: