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Mobile Apps Make Phone Snooping Easy, But Is It Right?

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The next time his phone rings, he says it was “just some telemarketer calling” and you find yourself a bit suspicious, know that there is an app for that. The makers of mobile security app PrivacyStar don’t just aim to help you avoid phone spammers, but they hope to help you catch a man in a lie too.

The app, which is available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones, offers a Reverse Lookup feature that digs much deeper than your average Google search.

With just two clicks, you’ll have access to the name and location associated with the number. The software performs daily “smart searches” to map data so most frequently used “telemarketers” or “bill collectors” will pop right up when searched. The app will also help you block the numbers, report them as “spam” or file an FTC complaint. Apps like PrivacyStar are hotter than ever and you see many of them dominating download charts. Other popular picks with similar features include Mr. Number, Number Guru and TrueCaller.

Now that you can get to the bottom of your suspicions even faster, one question still remains: Is it appropriate behavior? Like it or not, a person’s phone is there personal property, which means that, ideally, you should ask permission before you read anything on it. While many women would argue that all of that privacy business goes out of the window when you’re in a committed relationship with someone you suspect may be cheating, others say, if you don’t want a man snooping through your private things, you shouldn’t look through his.

Are you in favor of phone snooping or are you on team mind your business?

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