In a nutshell: Stalking software is a category of software that allows one person to spy on another, often by installing software on a target’s mobile device without their knowledge. Such apps, often disguised as parental control or anti-theft solutions, can track Internet activity, track the user’s location, and record audio and video, among other things.
Kaspersky recently commissioned a survey to assess public opinion regarding privacy, especially digital harassment, among those in relationships. The results may surprise you.
Of the more than 21,000 people surveyed in 21 countries who are in a relationship or have been in the past, a staggering 30 percent believe it is okay to track their partner’s digital activity. In this subgroup, more than half said it was only appropriate in certain situations.
What constitutes an acceptable situation? Survey results show that 64 percent of those who think it is okay to follow their partner say they would do it if they thought they were cheating on him, and 63 percent said they would do it if it was related to security. Half of this group would also spy on their comrade if they believed they were involved in criminal activity.
Nearly three in four (74 percent) of those surveyed said they have never been targeted by technology.
How would you react if you found stalker software on your device? The majority (83 percent) of those surveyed said they would confront their partner if they find a monitoring app installed on their device without their consent, although the report notes that countering a partner in this situation can only increase the risk that a victim of a stalker ON. faces.