A few years ago this would probably have appalled you. Cell phone monitoring software – more commonly known as spy software, would have seemed extremely shady. The truth is that this type of software was marketed in some very unsavory ways.
Not only has this type of software really advanced in terms of its abilities, but the companies involved have become more mainstream in their marketing approach.
I have discussed a few of the issues you need to be aware of when managing company cell phones in this article. For many small companies using cell phone spy software can be a great option and help them to control costs as well as having some added security and tracking benefits.
Still not convinced you might have any problems – here are some interesting reports about company cell phone use and abuse!
Is this legal?
It is legal to install cellphone monitoring software on a company cellphone but there are certain conditions.
- Any adult user of cell phone must first be informed that it is being monitored.
- The cellphone also has to be owned by the company – you cannot monitor your staff’s personal phone.
These are the most basic guidelines you have to meet but it would be wise to seek legal advice before installing the software.
Legal policies may vary in different states and countries. Just telling staff that the phone is being monitored is often enough to curb any unofficial use.
What Can Monitoring Software Do?
Cellphone monitoring software has come a long way in the last couple of years. With the rise of the smart phone – phones with Internet access, the technology has really grown. Most people are shocked at what this software can do. As time goes by people are realizing that it actually can benefit your business and need not be viewed as some shady practice – assuming you abide by the laws of course.
Here are a few of the things you can do with this type of software:
- Record calls – available with a few of the more advanced programs
- Monitor text messages – see the content of actual sms text message
- View all emails sent and received
- Track the cell phone via GPS and view where it has been
- Control the phone remotely – locking it deleting data, blocking apps and more.
- Monitor social media sites and messenger services
This is only a brief outline – they can do much more.
Depending on the software spy program you go for the capabilities can be quite astounding. You can have almost total control and insight as to how the phone is being used or abused.
If you feel that your staff are abusing the company cell phones this can be the very tool for finding out in no uncertain terms if they are. It can also be used as evidence when they claim they haven’t used the phone for personal use.
The tracking abilities are also a great way of monitoring staff when they are working out of the office – sales staff on the road for example.
Learning More About Cell Phone Monitoring
Before you rush out and buy the first program you find online you need to be aware that there are many scam products around. The software is usually sold as a digital download and has been targeted by some very unscrupulous companies. You need to do your research before buying monitoring software.
It is also quite a sophisticated product – it is easy enough to install and use but to the un-initiated it can seem quite complicated at first.
I can recommend a website called Acisni.com – The Spy Software Guide. They have a very informative website with all of the information you need to get started with cell phone monitoring software. They also have some great reviews of the more reliable products on the market as well as installation and usage guides.
I cannot stress enough the importance of finding reliable help before rushing in to any purchase. I have only given a brief description of this software here and you will need a lot more information before you are ready to proceed.
Cell phone monitoring is no longer a taboo subject – it is now viewed as a very useful tool to help companies manage their cell phones and their staff. You don’t need to turn into some dreaded Big Brother firm but you may need to save your business a lot of money. Money which is wasted by staff and their obsession with the online world. Time is money as they say!