Snoopware is a type of computer and mobile operating system software designed to actively spy on the user of the device. Unlike spyware, which is designed to monitor browsing/usage habits to allow advertisers to better target and sell to the user, snoopware is designed to allow a third party access to the computer or mobile device.
Examples of snoopware include keystroke loggers installed on computers, text message monitoring tools installed on mobile phones, and location tracking apps installed on phones and tablets. A common component of snoopware is automated reporting: a tool designed to spy on the text messages sent to and from a particular mobile phone might also include a daily email digest sent to the third party doing the snooping.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 04/3/13