Our world becomes more crowded earlier and brings more security problems in our environment. This issue is also happened in mobile device technology. To make sure the safety of their phone or family member, people usually use certain tool for protection. One of the most needed tool is a mobile spy application.
Mobile spy is a useful application for monitoring your children’s activities on mobile phone. This app will protect your children from malicious threats even on the environment or online through internet. Besides, mobile spy is also very useful to watch your employee’s work performance to increase the productivity and prevent the threat of leaking the company’s confidential to external party.
Generally, mobile spy has the ability to see the conversation history on mobile phone for both call and chat application like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc. In order to track the location of target phone, mobile spy nowadays is provided with GPS tracker feature, so that it can get the exact location of phone user.
Other features of mobile spy application, beside the two general features above, are the ability to monitor the internet browsing activity, multimedia file such as video and image, block certain website, even record the conversation and take picture or video surrounding mobile phone. Every mobile monitoring application has different feature and specification. You can choose it based on your preference by considering the quality and vendor’s track record. By doing this, you do not need to worry getting deceived by a bad vendor which wants to trick the consumer through unworking application or bad support service.
Every product always has the advantage and disadvantage at the same time. There are also some disadvantages on mobile monitoring app product in general. One of them is the requirement to do jailbreaking on Apple product such as iPhone and iPad and do rooting for Android phone. Actually, you can still do the monitoring activity on your mobile phone without jailbreaking or rooting, but you can only get a limited access.
Some consumers might feel worry if the jailbreaking or rooting action will damage the warranty of their mobile phone. Fortunately, they do not need to worry. Jailbreaking or rooting on device can be removed by performing a factory reset or updating their mobile phone OS. This will be a good solution for product warranty issue.
Among so many mobile monitoring programs at the market, below I compile several popular and well known programs which have been recognized for both quality and support service. I try to review each product one by one included its features.
mSpy is the most popular mobile spy product among the others. At least, there are 200.000 people who are searching the mSpy product on Google search engine monthly. It shows how popular the mSpy is on mobile monitoring app market.
mSpy has been established since 2010. Based in London, UK, in the fourth year of its establishment, mSpy has grown to 400%. According to Wikipedia, mSpy number of users has reached 1 million people scattered from various countries in the world. mSpy has also received award from Kidsafe seal program and PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) as a program which helps parents to keep their children safe when using mobile phone.
These are the main features that mSpy provides.
- Monitoring call log. You can see with whom the target phone talk, included the time and call duration data. Beside it, this application can also block an unwanted phone number, so that your child can be freed of the threat spread by people who are not responsible.
- Monitoring SMS messages. Using mSpy, you can see the received and sent messages on the target phone.
- Monitoring internet usage. You can see the incoming and outgoing email, browsing history, bookmarking website, even you can block certain website if it will endanger your child. You cannot only block just a website, but you can also block a website with certain words to make sure your child browse the internet safely.
- GPS Tracking. This feature allows you to locate your child position through his mobile phone, so that you can track where he is and whether he is in safety condition.
- Monitoring chatting application on mobile phone. You can read every conversation for 10 instant messengers available like Skype, Whatsapp, iMessage, Social Network, Viber, Snapchat, Line, Telegram, Tinder and Google Hangouts.
The Advantages of mSpy Compared to Other Products
- mSpy is a trusted brand since 2010, so that you do not need to worry that you will be cheated or get an unrealiable support service.
- mSpy is the only mobile monitoring program which provides geo fencing feature. It is true that other applications also have GPS tracking, but the geo fencing feature on mSpy will provide a safety zone restriction for your child. This will be useful when your child crosses the safety zone that you have previous set because mSpy will provide an early warning so that you can get a notification to prevent things that are not desirable.
- Unlimited device change. If you compare mSpy to other similar programs, you can find that mSpy has no limitation on the changes of device that you monitor. If the target changes his mobile phone, then you can do a new installation on the new device without paying additional fee or license. This is very different from other spy programs which require user to pay additional fee.
- Live guide when doing installation. If you are afraid to do the installation, don’t worry, mSpy support will guide you to do the step by step of installation on your target phone. However, if you want to do jailbreaking or rooting, you need to buy the Massitance service provided by mSpy before installing mSpy on the device.
For more detail information about mSpy, I have written it on special page at mSpy review here.
Flexispy is another most popular mobile spy application after mSpy. It has been established since 2004 and has already earned its place in the eyes of parents and businessmen. Flexispy is well known because of its continuous development, so that the product comes with a distinct advantage.
Flexispy offers two different versions to meet the customer needs. They are Flexispy Premium and Flexispy Extreme. Flexispy premium is intended for a customer who only needs basic features such as monitoring the call log, conversation text on internet messengger like Facebook, Line, Viber, Wechat, Skype, iMessage, SMS and BBM. On the other hand, Flexispy Extreme has advanced features like call recording on mobile phone and VoIP application like Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, etc.
- Call Recording. This feature is only available on Flexispy Extreme. Beside recording the phone call conversation, you can also record the conversation on the chat application such as Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook, Line, Wechat and Facetime. It does not only record the conversation, but it also allows you to hear and listen to the live conversation directly on the device that has installed this app. On Premium version, you can only see the call logs, but cannot record it.
- Spy On Text Messages. This feature is available on all Flexispy versions. You can see the SMS and MMS text, even you can also send a fake SMS or delete SMS which contains certain keywords. This feature will also allow you to read messages on IM chat. There are 18 IM chat applications that you can monitor, included Facebook, Whatssapp, Viber, Line, BBM, and so on.
- Spy on Internet Activity. You can monitor the activity on device browser like any bookmarked website, any installed application or when they are used. Even on Extreme version, you can monitor the password application, so that you can access your child’s device freely.
- Tracking GPS location. This feature is a usual feature on every mobile spy app. It makes different from mSpy because Flexispy does not provide geo fencing feature like mSpy does, which can send a warning when the target phone pass the safety zone restriction.
There are many other features of Flexispy that I do not explain here in detail. I only review several main features of the product. For more detail information, you can read a full Flexispy review of mine here.
Spyera is also one of the newest and most popular mobile spy applications lately. Although it is still new in the market, but Spyera has many nice features too compared to its competitors. Most of its features are almost the same with Flexispy, but still, there are also a little differences between them. Spyera has two different versions; mobile phone version and tablet version. Both of them are distinguished by the price and feature.
- Live call Listening & recording. Spyera has a feature that can help you listening to the live conversation or recording it and listening to it later. Beside it, you can also record the conversation on VoIP call like on Viber, Whatsapp and Skype. However, the VoIP recording feature is only available for iPhone, while on Android and tablet version, you can only receive the call log history.
- Spy on text messages & IM chat. This feature is used to monitor every incoming messages on SMS box and IM chat such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber, Snapchat, Wechat, BBM, Line and Google Hangouts. This feature is available on all Spyera versions.
- GPS Location Tracking. You can tell that this feature is similar to many other mobile spy apps, but without geo fencing feature.
- Spy on michrophone & Camera Phone. With this feature, you can record the conversation and image around mobile phone or table secretly. You can turn on the microphone and camera from a distance and do a recording.
- Monitoring Internet Activity. Like other similar applications, you can monitor the browsing activity, bookmarking website, and incoming or outgoing email, even the login password information on chat application such as Facebook, Sykpe, Yahoo, Line, etc, included the email password like Gmail, Hotmail, iCloud, AOL, and so on.
- Support Android, iPhone, Blackberry & Symbian. Unlike other mobile spy applications such as Flexispy and mSpy, Spyera is compatible with Blackberry and Symbian. If you need a monitoring application for these two types of phone, then Spyera is the perfect one.
There are still many features on Spyera. To explore more about it, you can read my Spyera review page to get more detail information.
As parents who want to make sure that your children are safe from online or offline threat, then you should monitor them appropriately whom they are interacted with and what kind of website they browse on internet. Preventing your children from cyber bullying, onlne porn, and online predator that are targeting your child is a must to make sure that they are safe.
For you who want to prevent your business key from leaking and thief through your employee, or just want to increase the employee performance so that they cannot chat during work hours and become more productive, then a mobile spy application can help you reaching these goals.
What kind of monitoring application that you will choose is depending on your condition and need. You might only need a call recording feature. Or, it is enough to read the text messages only and monitoring your employee performance without call recording feature. It all depends on you. Above all, do not forget to make sure the credibility and feature of each application before buying it, so that you can choose the perfect one.