Spyic promises to deliver on tracking a phone’s location and access to sensitive data without requiring you to jailbreak or root your device. Is this the ideal solution for added protection on school trips and excursions without voiding the warranty or jeopardizing the handset’s performance?
Even if we want to disregard it, it is unavoidable: With a modern smartphone, we bring a computer that follows us about 24 hours a day – something that secretive, clandestine organisations would have loved to have in the past. Smartphones have access to multiple microphones, location sensors that are precise to the millimeter, an ultra-fast link to a global network, and cameras on both the front and back, allowing them to collect nearly an infinite amount of data. But what if we used these capabilities for defense and security rather than covert surveillance?
Spyic, a service provider, is working toward this aim and promises to allow smartphone tracking without jailbreaking or rooting your computer. This will result in no loss of warranty and no chance of harm to your mobile when you unlock it. Nonetheless, after registration, it should be possible to precisely locate the smartphone down to the meter, as well as display caller lists and perform other functions. However, before we discuss the possibilities opened up by such a service, we need to take a quick look at the legal implications.
Who may track whom – and how exactly?
Taking into account all of the technological possibilities involved in monitoring people using smartphones, doing so would be subject to strict regulations in Germany. In theory, smartphones with SIM cards inside could be monitored over a long period of time through the cell phone network. While this method of tracking proved to be somewhat unreliable, the only requirement for retrieving the position was to have a functioning SIM card inside the handset as well as to have deactivated the flight mode. Many cell phone operators disable the GSM tracking service because there are now much more reliable methods of tracking a smartphone through WLAN and GPS.
Location recognition via GPS or public and private WLAN networks is much more accurate, and navigation apps such as Google Maps use these methods. Locating your own smartphone is not illegal under German law, but when it comes to strangers, things take a very different turn.
According to the German Telecommunications Act, the transmission of location data to third parties requires clear, independent, and written consent from the individual to be located. Simultaneously, the person whose smartphone is being monitored must be notified via text message each time the location is accessed. This does not extend to children whose parents wish to conduct a monitoring exercise in order to protect the child’s health.
Parents must negotiate the gray area of conflicts of interest between data security, property rights, and the discharge of parental care duty. While children have the right to choose where their information is sent, parental responsibilities sometimes take precedence over such rights in disputes involving minors. When reading personal messages, such as WhatsApp conversations or e-mails, one runs the risk of infringing on the personal rights of the people involved.
When installing an app that tracks one’s position, parents should also educate their children. This makes a lot of sense just for the sake of confidence. In the first instance, the legislation requires written consent for seniors or adults who are workers. It is never a good idea to secretly install a spying app on your partner’s smartphone for ethical, relational, or legal purposes.
When using Spyic, keep these fundamental criteria in mind at all times. Aside from monitoring, the platform provides links to the call list, contacts, texts, browsing history, and a variety of social media applications. In theory, a keylogger, or program that records keystrokes, may also be used. Violations of personal rights and Telecommunications Act legislation are therefore possible at all times.
However, the selection of functions is commendable for robust child safety, with approval from company staff, or for tracking your own smartphone. With the exception of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Gmail, you can use the Spyic functions on Android without rooting your smartphone. When you root your Android device, you are granting yourself the most powerful user rights in the operating system. While doing so will provide you with new opportunities, it will also void your smartphone’s warranty in most cases.
The equivalent of rooting in Apple’s iOS is known as “jailbreak.” You also risk destroying the costly smartphone and voiding its warranty. Spyic can access your contact list, call history, WhatsApp info, location, calendar entries, and messages without requiring a jailbreak. Viewing Instagram posts, for example, necessitates a jailbreak. Another distinction between iOS and Android is that Spyic only allows computer access on one of the two operating systems.
How Spyic works
Since installing Spyic on Android is done via a free app sent to the smartphone in the form of an APK file, you essentially install it from a third-party source after installation permissions have been allowed, similar to how one would do in Windows or macOS environments after downloading a file through the browser – except that this is done through your smartphone.
However, under iOS, Spyic allows access to the user’s Apple iCloud account associated with the smartphone to be monitored. After you’ve created a Spyic account, you’ll need to disable two-factor authentication and enter your iCloud credentials on the Spyic website. This information is accessible through the Spyic online platform on both iOS and Android. It’s also worth noting that the software can be uninstalled completely on both platforms. Under Android, the installed software can also be concealed after installation.
How expensive is Spyic?
Spyic is still coupled with a monthly charge, and there is no month-long free trial period or limited-time deal. You can, however, reduce your monthly fees by selecting a longer subscription duration from the start. Furthermore, the provider provides three separate subscriptions, each with a different price for the iOS and Android platforms.
The functionality differs between the Basic and Premium packages, with the family subscription essentially providing Premium access for up to three devices. The most affordable Basic kit includes only call lists, SMS and MMS, locations, contact lists, browsing history, bookmarks, photographs, and videos. To obtain such advantages, you must pay a one-month fee of $39.99 for Android, which is nearly €34. The premium subscription costs $49.99 (approximately €40), while the family subscription costs $69.99 (approximately €60).
The small basic kit is not available to iOS users. The entry-level bundle in this case will be the premium subscription, which is currently available for $49.99, or just under €42 a month. Alternatively, a family subscription for $99.99 or €85 provides access to up to 5 devices, while a company subscription for $399.99 or €340 provides access to up to 25 devices. Since rates are constantly discounted, you can always search the Spyic homepage for the most up-to-date pricing structure.
When it comes to payment methods, you have the choice of using various credit cards or PayPal. Spyic claims that the developer’s name, not “Spyic,” is always shown on the bank statement. Refunds can be requested by contacting the developer via the contact form within 10 days.
Spyic is a robust mobile surveillance service that is remarkably non-intrusive on both Android and iOS. Rooting or jailbreaking controlled smartphones provides only a few benefits, which Spyic avoids while ensuring that the most critical features are still usable. Android smartphones are the most cost-effective platforms for using the extremely small basic kit with an annual subscription. A one-time fee of nearly €85 ($101) is expected. The premium subscription under an annual payment mode with an asking price of €110 ($130) would be the cheapest way to get started on Apple’s iOS.
With the whole suite of functions accessible to the user, extremely sensitive data on both the iPhone and Android devices can be accessed, potentially saving lives in certain cases. When tracking services are enabled, for example, if a child does not return home from school, the location of his or her smartphone can be accessed in real-time and accurately down to the exact meter. If the tracking services are turned off, GSM tracking can help in theory, at least with a rough estimate. Spyic also gives parents valuable tools for protecting themselves against online criminals by allowing them to view chat histories and typed messages.
Unfortunately, it is also clear that these possibilities open the door to other types of violence, including jealous partners. In this case, the user bears responsibility, and in the event of a breach of personal rights, the user must eventually face any charges in court. Spyic is clearly aware of this danger, as the service defends itself against platform abuse in its disclaimer.