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5 Smartphone Apps For The Spy Kid In You



5 Smartphone Apps For The Spy Kid In You

An ethical way to keep track of your people and things!

In today’s world, we have no option but to be vigilant individuals. We cannot afford to trust blindly, for the moment we let down our guard, we might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Luckily, there are quite a few smartphone apps out there to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Here are 5 spying and tracking apps to ethically keep an eye on people and their surroundings:

1. Haven

Available as a Beta app, Haven seems to have more potential than utility as of now. However, it certainly is innovative.

It promises to convert your Android phone into “a motion, sound, vibration and light detector”, thereby enabling the physical safety of its target audience including investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance.

Why people like it: While it needs work, users appreciate its ability to keep logs of images, sounds, and video. The functionality of being able to turn your phone into an on-the-go security device has intrigued users, and over time, we can expect more features to be rolled out.

2. Family Locator

Have you ever wanted to know the whereabouts of your family and friends without constantly texting or calling them? If yes, Family Locator will help you do so.

Using the power of GPS, it allows you to track the location of multiple people  in real-time. What’s more, it even helps you track lost or stolen devices. If you are a Potterhead, it may kind of remind you of the Weasley clock.

You can download the app here.

Why people like it: Users have praised the app for letting them know if their loved ones are safe. Like any other piece of technology, it has its flaws, but being connected this way gives immense peace of mind. As one user points out, it can be particularly useful during emergencies.

3. Message Peeping Tom

Here’s an app we need to reclaim our right to privacy, much of which was snatched by irritants such as ‘Read’ or ‘Last Seen’. That’s right, Message Peeping Tom allows you to read your messages without letting their sender know.

When installed, it discreetly displays messages from apps like WhatsApp, Hike and Facebook Messenger, and even lets you share them with other people.

Why people like it: Reviewers love being able to read messages without the pressure of replying instantly. The app gives you the freedom to reply whenever you feel ready to, not because you want to avoid the dreaded ‘I know you have seen this; why aren’t you replying?’ scenario.

4. Couple Tracker

As its name indicates, Couple Tracker lets you mutually track and monitor your partner. The app claims that doing so is the best way to prevent cheating and affairs.

While we think that is suspect, it lets you know of each other’s text messages, phone calls and Facebook records on a daily basis.

Why people like it: Users have commented how the app has helped them check trust issues, improve their relationship, ensure loyalty and even rebuild credibility.

5. TrackView

A security and surveillance app, TrackView can be installed on your smartphone, laptop and PC to do what it claims: ‘total security at home and on-the-go’.

With features such as Real-Time Tracking, Video Monitoring, Instant Alerts, Two-Way Audio and cloud recording, all while maintaining user privacy, it is easy to see why it is trusted globally.

Plus, it is available in the Apple store as well.

Why people like it: Users love and recommend it for its ease of use, reliability and general effectiveness. Some even claim that it is the best monitoring app that they have ever used.

Which apps do you use to keep tabs on your tribe? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar




Mahevash Shaikh is the twenty-something author of Busting Clichés. She loves to write, draw and laugh (among other things). You can find her using words and pictures to express herself and redefine the word "normal" at

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