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locating a number can be expensive

21 mayo, 2021

The mantra that says “there is an app for everything“It is usually true for a good number of situations, but there is not always an app for what you want to do. A very clear example is that of tracking people using the phone number: although the idea that it can be done is widespread , the reality is not so clear.

It is true that a person can be located with an Android application, but a premise must always be given: the number to locate must give permission. Or, at the very least, you need to have some kind of software installed on your mobile that enable location sharing (something prohibited and that may incur a crime). Even so, many developers take advantage of this ignorance to try to sneak their applications. In the Google Play store we find a good sample.

Apps that hint at tracking mobiles

Although locating a number is feasible (operators could do so under a court order, for example), this service is not accessible to everyone; hence, no matter how many applications suggest, there is not much to do to find someone else. Yes, functions such as sharing the real-time location of WhatsApp could be used, as well as the same option that Google Maps includes; apart from other examples, such as the mythical Cerberus. Of course, this requires the consent of the other person.

How to share your location on Google Maps

As we said, Google Play tends to reflect some dubious behaviors. It is the case of Hulahoop, an application that has risen like foam in recent weeks (AppBrain registers an evolution from 10,000 downloads to more than a million in 22 days) and that, despite the fact that the application store file does not faithfully reflect the idea to track phones, yes it does when it comes to promoting itself. To do this, just read the comments: much of a star and with complaints that Hulahoop does not do what he promised; in addition to maintaining a deceptive behavior when force to subscribe to have access to the app.

The application promises to locate another person using their phone number, but the advertising does not correspond to reality

It is not the only app since this deceptive behavior proliferates in many other applications in the Google Play store. Just use the search “track mobile” to discover more examples. FindNow, Locate mobile by number or Track cell by number, the list is very long. And they all usually coincide: they suggest that they are capable of spying on the location of anyone by entering their number, they usually take advantage of subscriptions as soon as the application starts (the user has no choice but to subscribe to use it and after the first free days you will receive the receipts) and bad opinions abound in the comments. Of course, they do not end up disappearing from the store.

Beware of these apps

Google Play subscription

All are free and tend to advertise on YouTube and Google search with misrepresented promises to locate phones. However, they tend to abuse advertising (some apps even introduce adware) and, as we have said, hide the functions in such a way that they invite (or directly force) to subscribe to services to use the software. And the subscriptions are not cheap: in the case of Hulahoop, and after seven days free (the hook for the user to trust), the monthly bill will be almost 16 euros. All for options that the user does not look for and that can be found in applications such as WhatsApp or Google Maps.

How to view and cancel app subscriptions on iOS and Android

These applications should not be trusted and educate those who are less used to using the smartphone. This will always be the most vulnerable person.