According to recent figures, crime in NYC was actually down last year - except in one area. The theft of iDevices represented close to 30% of all crime to the extent that the NYPD now has its own department that only deals with the theft of Apple products. Many have argued that it would be simple for manufacturers to install a simple 'cut-off' switch that would render the device inoperable if it was established that it has been stolen but there has been much navel gazing when it comes to actually doing anything about it. Apple and their cohorts claim that it could leave devices wide open to hacking. While there have been some mumbles about introducing a disable switch sometime next year, i wont be holding my breath for the grand announcement. So, in the meantime, we will have to find other ways to protect our beloved devices. Spy Hunter is a new security tool for iOS that can be set to take 'selfies' of your 'thief' and automatically downloads them to Dropbox so you will know who has been using your phone.
To be honest, I don't think that Spy Hunter was originally developed as a true security device to help recover stolen iPhones. I think the idea was for it to be a fun and entertaining app to 'capture' images of those sneaky people who can't resist picking up your phone and using it when you're not around. However, it can also serve as a security device. Spy Hunter 1.0.1, an app that helps to catch the 'spy' red-handed. To start, just run the app and press the power/lock button to turn your phone into a real trap for spies. When the 'spy'
unlocks and turns on your device he or she will see a fake downloading screen. While this id happening a hidden camera will capture up to 20 photos in 10 seconds, make a sound recording, sound an alarm and automatically upload the photos to Dropbox while sending notifications of 'hunting' to Facebook and Twitter. Spy Hunter offers plenty of capture options. If you just want to track the 'spy' unnoticed or scare them you can set the alarm to surprise them. However, if the person is a true thief, you'll be able to view the photos of them in Dropbox and shared with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. In addition, all settings and your app gallery can be protected with a PIN-code.
As I said earlier, i think that Spy Hunter was originally designed as a harmless piece of fun but its secondary use could well be a very useful attribute. The idea was to catch those nosey folks who can't help but to pick up your phone and check out what you've been up to...or even use it. But it could well become a much more useful security device to try to catch a thief if your phone goes missing. We've all seen those videos of people who have had their computers stolen and then busted the culprit when the computer took a photo of the thief so they can be recognized and apprehended. Spy Hunter is a free 'stop-gap' until the laws change and carriers or manufacturers are forced into making smartphones capable of being completely disabled.