With all of the technology now available, personal privacy is somewhat a thing of the past. There is a concern now at domestic abuse centers that perpetrators are installing tracking devices on the victim’s cell phone. Technology Expert Thor Schrock is the owner of Schrock Innovations in Omaha and says there isn’t an app out there called “track a victim” but there are more than a dozen available to track cell phone use. He says they are intended for parents to track their child’s phone or for employers to make sure workers are not using company property for improper activity. However, these apps can also be used to stalk or track unsuspecting individuals.
Schrock says these apps or programs have to be downloaded onto a device. Someone who has access to passwords or PINS are doing the downloading. There are dozens of these apps available for free or minimal cost. The good news is the cell phone or device owner can check to see if it has been tampered with.
Schrock says, “If you go look at the list of installed apps you will see this app. The number one thing you can do to prevent yourself from being a victim in this scenario is to make sure you are aware of the apps installed on your phone. You basically want to go to your phone and look for anything you don’t know what it is. If you see something and you don’t know what it is, look it up. Google it. Once you’ve done that one time, now you have a base understanding of what is supposed to be there. If something odd shows up at some point, you can understand it. These are not stealth apps. These are not super scary things running in the background.”
Check your installed apps often. Experts also recommend that if you feel someone has access to your phone or device change your password or PIN.