How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices
From last September to May, the number of devices infected with stalkerware jumped 63 percent, according to a study by the security firm NortonLifeLock.
Stalkerware is a thorny issue because it lives in a gray area. There are legitimate uses for surveillance apps, like parental control software that monitors children online to protect them from predators. But this technology becomes stalkerware when it’s stealthily installed on a partner’s phone to spy on him or her without consent.
Fighting stalkerware is tough. You may not suspect it’s there. Even if you did, it can be difficult to detect since antivirus software only recently began flagging these apps as malicious.
Here’s a guide to how stalkerware works, what to look out for and what to do about it: How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices – The New York Times