Is Your Boss Spying on Your iPhone?

Catherine Harris

By Catherine Harris


For many of us, smartphones are now part of our daily working lives. Whether it be for catching up on work emails or organising our week ahead on the calendar, companies are issuing smartphones to more employees than ever before. The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones available today and more and more businesses are choosing it as their preferred device due to its familiarity and ease of use.

However, what you may not know is that if you have a company iPhone then your boss could be monitoring everything that you do on it. Think about it, have you ever used your company iPhone for non-work purposes? Perhaps a few personal calls, checking Facebook during work hours or even texting a friend about that new job…all this could be seen by your employer.

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You may be thinking, how is this legal? But because the phone is technically owned by the business and you are just loaned it, they are legally allowed to install anything they wish onto the device. Over the last few years there has been a huge increase in the use of iPhone spy apps such as FlexiSPY, Mobile Spy, Spyera and Mobistealth. These apps are widely available and one of their most common uses is employers spying on their employees. Installation takes a matter of minutes and can easily be done before your company iPhone is issued to you. Once installed these spy apps are invisible to the user.

If your iPhone has spyware installed then everything you use it for can be monitored. This includes calls, text messages, emails, browsing history, photos & videos, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and even your physical location using GPS. All this information is sent to a web control panel that can be viewed by your boss.

Detecting spyware on an iPhone can be tricky and most online advice is vague and inconclusive. At Certo, we have developed a tool that can scan the device for the presence of spy apps and monitoring software. What’s more, due to the unique way that Certo AntiSpy works, your employer will not be alerted to its use.