How to Spot and Remove Stalkerware
As if there aren’t enough tech security threats to worry about, you also need to be on your guard against so-called ‘stalkerware’—those invasive types of programs installed by suspicious spouses, jealous exes or controlling parents without your knowledge. Here are the warning signs (on your computer) to look out for, and what you can do about them.
Stalkerware as a term only recently gained traction thanks to a powerful series of posts on Motherboard, though the practice of installing software to spy on family and friends has been around for much longer than that. Now these tools are more readily available and more sophisticated than ever before. Which means it isn’t just hackers who can use them to chronicle your online life.
The rise of the smartphone has played a part in these kinds of DIY surveillance operations—get access to someone’s mobile, and you can spy on their lives in unprecedented detail, from the text messages they send to the photos they snap. Before you could snoop on someone’s email; now, you can know where they are at all times.