How to catch a cheating spouse
Tiger Woods. Jesse James. David Letterman. The list of celebrities who have cheated on their romantic partners is long. And, no, you’re not crazy if you find that worrisome. After all, if Sandra Bullock, America’s sweetheart, can’t keep her biker spouse on the monogamy motorway, how can anyone be sure his or her partner isn’t running up a little extra mileage on the side? Don’t we live in an era when a detour to Troubletown is no more than a text message–or a Facebook “poke”–away?
Absolutely. If there’s an arms race going on, however, the balance of power is definitely tipping towards the Elins–and away from the Tigers–of the world. Smartphones, social networks and personal computers put records of who you’ve called, texted or e-mailed within easy reach.
Thanks to modern technology, if you cheat there’s a roughly 30% chance you’re going to be caught if you leave evidence on your phone, according to electronics marketplace Retrevo’s latest Gadgetology Report. The report collected data from more than 1,000 people in the United States on their romantic snooping habits.
Most resist the temptation to spy. Women check up on their partners 33% of the time; men check 30% of the time.
Young lovers, however, were most likely to snoop. While just 28% of those surveyed spied on those they date, Retrevo’s study found 38% of people under 25 who are in a relationship have spied on a romantic partner’s digital messages.
And 10% of those who snooped got the goods, and ended a relationship as a result.
Of course, married couples spy, too. According to Retrevo’s study, 36% of people in committed relationships said they quietly check out their partner’s e-mail and call logs. Only 3%, however, actually found anything.
Maybe that’s only because they weren’t trying hard enough, or they didn’t use technologies like keystroke logging gadgets and software, which can catch every one of your target’s keystrokes. The more sophisticated keystroke logging technologies can look for certain keywords and notify you if they’re typed.
The latest generation of motion-activated cameras can also help you monitor your significant other. Logitech has a good selection of affordable, smart cameras that are ideal for security. With a little imagination, however, they can be used for a little spousely spying.
What people say can be even more telling than what they do. Web sites such as spy-tronix.com will sell you voice-activated recorders for your bedroom as well as digital recorders that can capture all your home’s phone calls.
Using satellites to track one’s spouse used to be a bit impractical. Now it’s almost too easy. One endearingly over-the-top option? FreightWatch Security Net’s Geo F2. The tiny, pill-sized tracking device was originally designed to fit into a pill bottle, to help companies track down robbers who steal drugs from pharmacies. But there’s no reason you can’t use it to track your car, your bicycle or even your spouse. Once placed inside a potential cheater’s car, for instance, the $149 device can help you track your target in real time, via FSN’s monintoring service FSNtracks.
If the service shows a stop at the Happy Hooker motel? Well, it might be time for a long–and rather uncomfortable–conversation.