‘Stalkerware’ Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself.

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

It looked like a calculator app. But it was actually spyware recording my every keystroke — the type of data that would give a stalker unfettered access to my private life.

That’s what I concluded after downloading the free app Flash Keylogger onto an Android smartphone this week. The app described itself as a tool to monitor the online activities of family members by logging what they type. Once it was installed from Google’s official app store, its icon could be changed to that of a calculator or calendar app. In my tests, the app documented all of my typing, including web searches, text messages and emails.

To continue reading this New York Times report, go to:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/technology/personaltech/stalkerware-apps-protection.html

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