Cell Phone Tracker Showdown: mSpy vs. FlexiSPY
A MATCH BETWEEN TWO SPYWARE HEAVY WEIGHTS
In the spyware arena, both mSpy and FlexiSPY can be considered top contenders. Both been around long enough to prove they are in the game for the long haul, and both have met with great success, in terms of number of customers. Each has done a good job of staying ahead of the curve by upgrading their products, adding new features and capabilities as the market demands.
So which product is best? In this article, we will examine the strengths and weaknesses of each, and try to determine a winner. May the best product prevail!
A Little Background Information
If you don’t know much about spyware, let’s take a moment to define our terms. Spyware, generally speaking, is software designed to collect data or information from a person or entity without being detected. In this case, we are speaking of downloadable apps that can be installed onto a smartphone or tablet to monitor the online activity of the user of the device. These apps are commonly referred to using terms such as spy phone app, cell phone tracker, mobile phone spy, cell phone monitor, etc.
Who Uses Spy Apps?
Spyware (or Spy Apps) products can be used for a number of purposes, but the typical user falls into one of two categories:
One of the most common uses of spyware is to monitor the online activities of children or teens. Most kids today carry smartphones or tablets and use them to chat with friends, play online games and surf the net. There are many potential threats online regarding children and teens - cyber-bullies, bad influences among peers, sexual predators, to name a few. Many parents feel the need to monitor and control their kids’ online behavior, from making sure they don’t spend too much time chatting or gaming and to protect them from bullies and predators. Spyware is also useful to monitor a child’s web surfing activities - to make sure they are not accessing inappropriate material, such as porn sites.
EMPLOYERS AND MANAGERS
Companies which issue smartphones or tablets to their employees often install spyware to make sure their workers are using their time productively and to prevent the sharing of sensitive company data with the wrong people. Productivity and security are major concerns for any employer, and a good spyware system can protect a company’s assets whil making sure employee performance remains at a high level.
It should be noted that spyware is not always used for surreptitious purposes. Examples include using spyware to track, lock or wipe a lost or stolen phone, to monitor an elderly person’s activities and well-being, or to monitor a child’s online activity with the child’s full knowledge.
ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?
Now that we’ve defined our terms, let’s introduce our two contenders and let the competition begin. First, the weigh-in:
MSPY – Claiming more than 1 million users worldwide, mSpy is certainly one of the top heavyweights in the spyware market. Their product is touted as the “World’s #1 Monitoring Solution”. mSpy was launched in 2011 and has gained enormous popularity since its debut.FlexiSPY – Calling itself the “World’s Most Powerful Mobile Phone Spy Software”, FLEXISPY has also earned a formidable share of the spyware market. Also launched in 2011, FlexiSPY has proven itself to be a champion level competitor.
As referee in this fight, we promise a fair and impartial assessment of the two products. So, without further ado, let’s begin the first round of the competition:
Round 1 – Basic Features
Most spy phone software packages offer similar basic features. Let’s see how well mSpy and FlexiSPY cover the basics:
CALL MONITORING : Both mSpy and FlexiSPY offer call monitoring features which allow you to:View phone numbers, call logs, time and date stamp information – View phonebook and contact list
SMS MONITORING : Both products allow you to view SMS messages, including the content of the messages, names and numbers of senders and recipients, time and date stamp info.
EMAIL MONITORING : FlexiSPY and mSpy both give you the capability to intercept and view all emails sent and received, along with contact info and time and date stamps. This includes Gmail messages.
MEDIA MONITORING : Both apps give you the ability to: View all photos stored, sent or received on the targeted device- View all videos stored, sent or received- View time and date stamp info associated with all photos and videos
GPS LOCATION : FlexiSPY and mSpy provide users with the ability to track the targeted device’s location on a map in real time and to monitor the history of its movements.
WEBSITE BOOKMARK : Each of the two spyware packages allow you to:View all websites visited and see when and how often they are being accessed-View all bookmarked URLs
Round 1 Decision: Draw - As you can see, both FlexiSPY and mSpy offer the same basic features, so we’ll have to call Round 1 a draw.Now we move on to our second round in the mSpy vs. FlexiSPY Showdown:
Round 2 – Advanced Geolocation Features
As mentioned above, both mSpy and FlexiSPY offer basic GPS tracking and route history, using the built-in GPS geolocation function found on virtually all smartphones and tablets. But there’s another important feature only one of our contenders has – the ability to designate “GeoFencing” zones.
With FlexiSPY, the user has the ability to mark “safe” or “restricted” areas on a map which is found on the app’s Control Panel. This means you can choose an area that is designated as safe for the targeted device. If the device and its user strays out of the safe zone, an alert will be sent immediately via email, SMS message, or both.
The same applies to areas marked restricted on the map. If the device (and its user) enters an area designated as restricted, an email, SMS message, or both will be sent instantly to the user of the app.
This nifty feature is very handy for parents who need to monitor their child’s movements, for instance. If the child leaves home or school at the wrong time, you’ll be notified right away. This feature is also quite useful for employers who want to know where their employees are spending their time.
Round 2 Decision: Advantage – FlexiSPY
Round 3 – Instant Messenger Monitoring
Instant messaging apps are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. There are many available these days, each has its own features and unique capabilities. One of the reasons these apps are so widely used is that they eliminate the need to pay for SMS messages, and they are a lot more flexible. With an instant messenger (IM), you can chat in real time, exchange multimedia files and engage in group chats.
Instant messengers are also an ideal way to communicate in secret. If your child is engaged in questionable activities, there’s a good chance he or she is using an instant messenger to keep things private. The same goes for employees who are wasting company time chatting with their friends.
A spy phone app is the best way to find out what is being discussed and shared on instant messaging apps, so let’s see how our two competitors measure up when it comes to monitoring them.
mSpy – With mSpy, you’ll have the ability to monitor instant messages sent and received on Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage, Social Network Messenger and Viber. These are some of the most widely used instant messenger platforms, so this may be all you need to effectively monitor your target’s IM communications. But how does mSpy compare to FlexiSPY in this regard?
FlexiSPY – With FlexiSPY, you can monitor Facebook, iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Gtalk, BBM chats and BlackBerry PIN messages. Since Viber and Whatsapp are two of the most popular instant messaging apps (especially among young people), either product may be all you need. But if you’re not sure which IM your targeted user favors, or if you know that they use Facebook, for example, FlexiSPY may be the better choice.
All things considered, FlexiSPY has the slight advantage regarding instant messenger monitoring.Round 3 Decision: Slight Advantage - FlexiSPY
So far, FlexiSPY is in the lead, but the competition isn’t over. Round 4 is coming up, and there’s no clear winner yet, so keep your seats, ladies and gentlemen!
Round 4 – Keylogging
With a keylogging feature, it’s possible to record all the keystrokes made on the targeted device. A keylogger enables you to view everything that is typed into the device, regardless of whether you have access to the apps being used. You’ll be able to view logins, passwords, search terms and any other data entered into the phone or tablet.
Of our two contenders, only mSpy offers this feature, so Round 4 is a clear decision - mSpy wins the round.
Round 4 Decision:Advantage - mSpy.he competition between our two contenders is getting interesting and things are definitely heating up. Let’s find out who wins the next round!
Round 5 – Customer Support
With any product on the market, customer support is key. So which of our two competitors offers the best support after the sale?
FlexiSPY - If you purchase FlexiSPY, you’ll have access to their 24/7 Live Chat system where you can ask for help with installation or any problems you may encounter while using the product. This can prove to be very useful, especially if you’re not very tech-savvy.
mSpy - Aside from also offering 24/7 Live Chat, mSpy goes the extra distance by providing customers with a 24/7 toll-free number so that you can actually hear a voice at the other end of the phone line. Not only that, mSpy offers Skype support, making mSpy the obvious winner of Round 5.
Of our two contenders, only mSpy offers this feature, so Round 4 is a clear decision - mSpy wins the round.
Round 5 Decision: Advantage - mSpy.The competition is fierce, but the fight’s not over. We still have a couple of crucial rounds to go before our judges can make a final decision. Get ready for Round 6!
Round 6 – Compatibility
Compatibility, of course, is a very important factor when purchasing any app. Each of our two competitors have gone to great lengths in an effort to keep up with the rapidly changing world of smartphones and their operating systems.Both mSpy and FlexiSPY are compatible with Android, BlackBerry and iPhone, but only mSpy works with Symbian phones. This is not such a major issue, since Symbian appears to be on the decline. Of course, it’s a major issue if the targeted device happens to be a Symbian product.
So, it appears that mSpy is the winner of Round 6, by a slight advantage.
Round 6 Decision: Slight Advantage - mSpy.
Now we move on to the seventh and final round of our Spyware Showdown. One of the things that everyone will be concerned about when purchasing a phone spy app is the cost.
Round 7 – Price
Both of our contenders offer a powerful product at an affordable price. However, only mSpy allows you to purchase a one month plan which, for some customers, may be all that is required. If, for example, all you want is to find out if your husband is engaging in “non-work related” activities, one month may be all the time you need to uncover the dirty truth…For a year-long contract, mSpy is slightly more expensive, but overall the difference in price is somewhat negligible.
So, the winner of Round 7 is once again mSpy, by slight advantage.
Round 7 Decision: Slight advantage - mSpy
FINAL DECISION – DRAW
Although mSpy won more rounds in our Spyware Showdown, I have decided to call the competition a draw. The bottom line is that each of our competitor’s products have advantages and features that make them both winners. In all fairness, it’s impossible to say that one product is actually better than the other – it all depends on your individual requirements.For instance, if you need the ability to monitor Facebook, then FlexiSPY is the product for you. If you want a keylogger, or own a Symbian device, mSpy would be the better choice. Both are quality products and both have earned a place at the top of the list when it comes to spyware.
We hope that our Spyware Showdown will help you to make the appropriate choice according to your individual needs. Take the time to look at the websites of each product to find out more about the specifics, prices and compatibility considerations – and also to see what new features are being added.