Catchr Catches People Using Your iPhone While You’re Not Around


Ever wondered if somebody you thought you could trust is going through your phone when it’s out of sight?

That’s the (all too pertinent) premise behind Catchr, a new app designed to give users peace of mind while they are away from their iPhone. While the app won’t protect against “leaky apps” or other forms of government eavesdropping, it can tell you whether your phone has been moved, and which applications have been started or stopped during your absence — along with plotting on a map where your iPhone has been during the time Catchr is running.

“This app comes in handy if you are the type of person who finds privacy as being an individual right & delight,” developers Nordlogic state. “It can also be a helpful tool in figuring out which of your friends you can trust, or if your significant other is a bit nosy or not.”

Catchr Catches People Using Your iPhone While You’re Not Around

The developers note that the app doesn’t work with two of the iOS built-in applications — the Mail and Phone apps — since recording this data violates the App Store Rules.

It’s also worth noting that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease your device’s battery life.

In all, though, Catchr is a fun application — and likely one of an increasing wave of privacy-oriented apps and other services we’re likely to see in the near future.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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