Mexico City.- Stalkerware, a spyware that is generally used to control the romantic partner, is used mainly against women, reported the cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
Although in Mexico, 50 percent of people are concerned that their partner violates their digital privacy through this type of software, 6 percent consider that under some circumstances it is acceptable to monitor their partners without their consent, the study indicates “Digital Harassment in Relationships”, made by the firm.
Of the latter, 60 percent would use it if they suspect they are being unfaithful.
“Stalkerware is associated with cases of domestic violence and psychological abuse. 87 percent of the Mexicans who answered this survey consider that it is not acceptable to monitor their partner without their consent.
“At least 17 percent acknowledged that their partner has explicitly asked them to install a monitoring application and 33 percent of these people admit to abuse by their partners,” said Judith Tapia, manager of Consumer Products Sales Kaspersky México, within the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
With this malicious software it is possible to spy on all the activity and information of a device, from conversations to bank details and passwords, passing through corporate information of the company or of the clients that the victim has, Tapia warned.
Slow mobile device performance, increased data consumption, or rapid battery drain could all be signs that stalkerware is installed on a computer.
If a person realizes that they have this malware installed on their computers, it is advisable not to uninstall it immediately, as the attacker could be notified immediately.
“It is important to consider whether you need to keep evidence for legal purposes, this practice constitutes a crime.
“We recommend contacting local authorities and organizations that support victims of violence,” said the manager.
Globally, 38 percent of people who are in a relationship would not share their passwords; while 26 percent would prefer to keep their call logs private and not share their payment information respectively.
Only 10 percent would not agree to share photos and 17 percent would not share their social media activity with their partner, according to Kaspersky.