Retina-X Studios has released Mobile Spy for the Apple iPad, and is pitching it as a way for businesses to keep an eye on employee use of the device. Parents can also use the software to monitor their child's activity, the company said.
A company has developed commercial spyware for the Apple iPad that
allows employers to silently view e-mail, Web activity and other
information of employees even after their histories are deleted.
Retina-X Studios announced availability of the technology, known as Mobile Spy for the Apple iPad, last week. The software runs on any jailbroken device, and is also available for Google Android, BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS devices.
The company is pitching the system as a way to help businesses
enforce their acceptable use policy on company-owned devices, as well
as a means for consumers to back up their own personal activity or
monitor their children's use of the device.
According to the company, the software runs in stealth mode and no
mentions of the program are shown inside the iPad. After the software
is set up, it silently records the contents of all e-mails sent or
received, as well as Web addresses visited in Safari and any contact
added to the iPad's contact list.
When activities are logged, they are silently uploaded to the user's
private online account, according to the company. If no Internet
connection is present, the logs will resume upload at the next Internet
connection, and accounts can be checked online from any
browser without further access to the iPad.
"Any device that can browse the Internet or send e-mail can lead to
unauthorized activities," Retina-X Studios CEO James Johns said in a
He added that the company will continue to expand the technology
with new features such as the ability to record GPS positions, photos