'Text snooper' iPhone app launched
Published 20/01/2010 | 07:58
Technology has made trust a thing of the past with the launch of a new iPhone app catching prying partners who read their loved one's texts.
The iTrust app works by creating a locked, dummy screen to stop suspicious eyes poring over the owner's text messages, emails or social networking accounts.
But as well as guarding sensitive information, iTrust also records any clandestine activity while the owner was absent - storing a fingerprint record of every button pressed on the phone's touchscreen display.
The app is the work of 26-year-old Norwegian software designer Bob Nerberg from Oslo - but his creation is not the product of a broken heart or even a suspicious mind.
Instead, Mr Nerberg's Liverpudlian girlfriend, whom he met while studying in the UK, even helped him write the iTrust.
He does not believe his app could split up other happy couples.
He said: "No, I'm going to make relationships stronger. It's something everybody thinks about in a relationship - is my partner reading my texts and emails? Now you can be sure.
"It shouldn't be seen as a cynical app, it's not, it's more... fun."
But despite denying his app peddles paranoia, the iTrust website asks: "Who can you trust? Do you think your girlfriend or boyfriend would read your text messages if you left your phone with them while you took a shower?"
The iTrust is available for download from Apple's iTunes App Store for 59p.