Five ways that Mobile Spy Will Get You Caught

 

⚠  FlexiSPY does not run surreptitiously as it offers the user the choice of showing the icon on the device if required.

 

Summary

When spy phone software advertises itself as being hidden you need to be sure that the phone owner will not find it and catch you out.  Furthermore, when spy phone software advertises itself as being hidden or undetectable you need to know exactly what this is and that the software is actually hidden completely and it is not just the icon being hidden.

This article takes a look at the Android invisibility claims that Mobile Spy advertises on its website and checks to see if it really is as hidden Mobile Spy says.  The same areas that are tested with Mobile Spy will also be tested with FlexiSPY showing you which one out of the two makes good on their advertised Android invisibility claims.  From our tests Mobile Spy was not hidden very well at all and we will show you where we found it.

Mobile Spy sells their software as being invisible

Mobile Spy advertise that their software is in fact 100% undetectable but this is not the case.

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Mobile Spy claims that its software is hidden. It isn’t really.

1. Mobile Spy gets flagged as a virus

There is nothing worse than taking time to physically install spy phone software on to an Android phone only for antivirus software to then alert the phone owner that a virus has been installed. This is what happens with Mobile Spy which gets flagged as a virus once it has been installed however this does not happen to FlexiSPY at all.

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What happens if the Android TARGET device has antivirus software installed?

Mobile Spy is picked up as a virus once it has been installed. FlexiSPY on the other hand is completely safe.

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Lookout Antivirus flags Mobile Spy as a virus once it has been installed.

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The actual installation file of Mobile Spy is also flagged as a virus before Mobile Spy has even been installed.

We have already found Mobile Spy in several places on an Android device. We also mentioned how FlexiSPY is not detectable in the same areas as Mobile Spy and you can read about this in detail in this section.

FlexiSPY was not flagged as a virus at all in either of the antivirus software programs used.

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When scanned by antivirus software FlexiSPY was found to be safe.

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Lookout Antivirus also listed FlexiSPY as not being a threat.

2. Mobile Spy was unable to hide the SuperSU icon or itself inside SuperSU

Rooting any Android phone will always install SuperSU afterwards which comes with its own icon.  The phone owner will notice this icon and can then tap it to open SuperSU and see Mobile Spy listed.  This is not hidden and only FlexiSPY hides the SuperSU icon as well as itself from everything to do with SuperSU.

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In order to install Android spy phone software and to get the most features you usually have to root the Android phone first. This is a technical process that is unique to every Android handset. Once you successfully root an Android phone it will install an application called SuperSU. SuperSU is the application that the Android spy phone software communicates with in order to function.

SuperSU is then visible on the TARGET device.

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Rooting any Android phone will install SuperSU which Mobile Spy cannot hide.

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Simply tapping the SuperSU icon will show Mobile Spy listed.

Rooting an Android phone will always install SuperSU. This means that the Android phone owner will immediately see this new icon and see that something has changed. FlexiSPY hides itself from SuperSU and also hides the SuperSU icon.

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FlexiSPY makes hiding SuperSU as simple as possible for complete invisibility.

3. Mobile Spy can be uninstalled from the application manager menu

Because Mobile Spy is not hidden it means that it acts like any other Android program installed on the phone.  This means that it can be easily removed by the phone owner in just a few taps.  FlexiSPY on the other hand does not appear in the application menu at all once it has been installed on to an Android phone.

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Once Mobile Spy has been installed how easily can it be uninstalled if the TARGET device owner starts examining the software installed on their phone?

Mobile Spy can be removed very easily in the same way that you remove any other Android application that is installed.

Simply go to Settings > Manage Applications and Mobile Spy is listed and then it can be removed. FlexiSPY cannot be uninstalled in the same way on a rooted Android TARGET device.

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Because Mobile Spy is not really hidden it appears in the Application Menu meaning it can be easily removed.

FlexiSPY is not listed in the Application Manager menu which means that you cannot remove it the same way that you can remove any other program installed on the Android TARGET device.

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FlexiSPY is not listed inside the Manage Applications menu which means it cannot be removed.

4. Mobile Spy could be found and uninstalled using third party software

Using freely available Task Manager software Mobile Spy could not only be found but also removed  as well.  FlexiSPY was completely hidden when the same software was used to try to find it.

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Even though the icon for Mobile Spy may be hidden it may still be listed as a task running on the phone. If that is the case then it means it can also be removed as well.

Using Task Manager software freely available on the Play Store Mobile Spy was quick to find and easy to remove. FlexiSPY though, using the same software was not listed and this meant that it could not be removed.

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The supposedly hidden Mobile Spy can be found using Task Manager software.

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Task Manager not only finds Mobile Spy but also can remove it.

FlexiSPY was not listed inside the task manager software used which meant it could not be removed.

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Even Task Manager software cannot find FlexiSPY once installed.

5. Mobile Spy was visible in the download list and browser history

Mobile Spy not only appears in the download list and shows where the download file came from but the download page remains in the browser history too.  This means that the phone owner can immediately see that Mobile Spy has been installed on the phone and they can set about quickly removing it using the steps above.  FlexiSPY leaves no trace in the download history or browser history once installed.

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The final area to look at is the phone browser. After all it does not matter how hidden the program is if the download file or download site can easily be found in the phone browser.

Once it is listed in the phone browser the TARGET device owner can then research it more and find out that spy phone software is installed on their device and remove it.

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Mobile Spy is completely visible in the download history after download.

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Mobile Spy is the only spy phone software to appear in the browser history after download as well making it the easiest to find.

In comparison to this FlexiSPY was not found in both the browser history and the downloaded files list.

FlexiSPY remains hidden on an Android device

Mobile Spy is just too visible once installed on an Android device. It was the easiest spy phone software to find during all our tests and the fact that it is visible in the browser history when no other spy phone software tested was shows that Mobile Spy do not seem to value software visibility as much as they should.

For complete stealth when spying on an Android phone, a rooted phone with FlexiSPY is recommended.  FlexiSPY even want to help you root an Android phone so, for those of you who are interested in rooting an Android phone to be used with FlexiSPY, you can get assistance with doing that here.

Full details of Mobile Spy and all other software and hardware used during testing is below.

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The details of the software and hardware used during testing can be seen in full.

 

Author: Marc Harris

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