10 creepy iPhone, iPad apps and software

10 creepy iPhone, iPad apps and software

Summary: There is some seriously creepy software floating around on the Internet for iPad, iPhone, Android and PC.

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  • Aptly named, desktop application Creepy is software that calls itself a 'geolocation information aggregator'.

    After downloading and installing the open-source software, you can stalk a user via Twitter and Flickr accounts. 

    If the user has posted any location data, then the software tracks it -- helping you to pin them down. I was surprised at just how data can be aggregated from seemingly innocuous updates -- although as it compiles and analyzes a lot of data, it can take a few attempts before Twitter accounts are connected successfully. 

    • Map providers : Google Maps, Virtual Maps, Open Street Maps. 
    • Location information retrieval from :
    • Twitter's tweet location
    • Coordinates when tweet was posted from mobile device
    • Place (geographical name) derived from users ip when posting on twitter's web interface.
    • Geolocation information accessible through image hosting services API EXIF tags from the photos posted.

    Image credit: Creepy

  • 'The Old Bill', otherwise known as the police, are often criticized for not being seen on the streets enough. 

    In a well-intentioned method to make a local community feel safer, the Surrey Police have released a free app that 'connects' the local neighborhood to their police force.

    The application allows people to see where their neighborhood officers are and what they are working on -- as well as giving people a heads' up if a crime is being committed in their area.

    Useful, or just another tool in a criminal's box of tricks?

    Image credit: Apple App store

  • WhitePages, a public records directory, have developed an app that compiles stored data and allows a use to search a location for venues, people and businesses.

    Although this can simply be considered a digital alternative to the Yellow Pages, the company turns a profit by charging for deeper records -- including background checks and criminal records.

    Add an aerial view to a person search, and you are granted with a street view of names, addresses, and publicly available phone numbers. 

    If you live in a property, the company are happy for you to 'claim' it and provide additional information for this arguably privacy-ignoring service. Perhaps it's going a little too far.

    Image credit: Apple App store

Topics: Smartphones, Apps, Software, Mobility, iPad, iPhone, Hardware, CXO, Browser, IT Employment

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  • unfortunate headline typo

    "Fist date go well?"

    Assault, or foreplay?
    alegh
  • How Did Apple Aprove these?

    Given Apples "self proclaimed" strict security and ethical guide lines, I'm amazed they got approved. Is Apple asleep? I wouldn't be surprised if they are ridden with malware. Any app that you use to spy on someone else also spy's on you.
    Apelles
  • I'm gonna cry 'foul'...

    "Creepy" (#7) is a Windows app, NOT an iOS app!!!!
    sheepguy42
  • Recommend another dating app

    I would like to recommend one more dating apps, with casual games. Chat, flirt, date and meet girls & guys nearby! Hey Gal - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.havefun.fun
    havefunstudio