My friend recently had a meeting with her attorney. I don’t know what they needed to discuss – we never talked about that. We did talk about the Cell Phone Policy her attorney had adopted and required everyone in the office – including clients – to adhere to.

Because of the escalating incidence of cell phone surveillance and cell phone spying, the firm adopted the policy. Every cell phone that came into the office had to be turned off and left locked in a designated cabinet during all visits and consultations. No active cell phone moved past the receptionist’s desk.

Here at International Investigators we understand why the legal firm has taken the stand. We see the increase in mobile device forensics brought on by the ease with which spyware can be installed on any cell phone.

As one of the first investigative firms to undertake the cellular forensics training and acquire the cell phone forensic tools necessary for a mobile phone forensic analysis, our technicians are expert at cell phone spyware detection. And, unlike my friend, we aren’t surprised to hear attorneys are adopting policies like this.

When many in the public think about this kind of spying, they think about cell phone tracking someone’s location or intercepting emails and texts. Yes, that is part of what can be done. But cell phone monitoring leaves the victim open to more.

The cell phone spy is capable of listening in on conversations within the range of the phone if it is on and say, laying on the table. Entire conversations can be captured by the bad guy and then everyone around the table becomes a victim – and a target.

For that reason, attorneys cannot protect themselves from what is installed on other’s phones or require every visitor to undergo mobile phone spyware detection. So, turning off the mobile phone and stashing it in a locked cupboard is their first line of defense.

If you have reason to believe you’re carrying a mobile spy in your pocket, contact International Investigators. We can provide a cell phone analysis to ensure you are safe – or identify the spyware on your phone.

Until that time, maybe we should all adopt the attorney’s practice and turn off our cell phones and put them in a drawer any time we are having a conversation we would rather not be overheard by others. A small precaution – but better safe than sorry!

-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators