"It can check text, GPS locations, track all of your contacts, it's kind of crazy!" said Shawn "Doc Rock" Boyd, as he talked about the latest spyware for smartphones. Social media is Boyd's world. He's a team member on social media site Non-Stop Honolulu, he's a radio personality; and he even has his own website. "I am a person who lives online, because I have nothing to hide," said Boyd. The problem is, a lot of other people do, and the companies making billions off location trackers, secret apps, hidden software and more are betting they'll keep hiding no matter what the price.
"They're playing on a lot of fear," said Boyd. By 2011, Google and Apple had sold over 15 billion apps, earning more than 5 billion in sales, and those secret or spy apps are now everywhere. "They will will allow you to remote check everything on the phone," said Boyd. He showed KITV4's Lara Yamada a handful of the more popular apps, such as FlexiSpy and iPhone Mobile Spy, as well as Tiger Text, which destroys messages right after it's sent. There are also hundreds of apps similar to one called "My Secret Folder," which includes decoy codes, camouflage folders, and hidden pics and videos. It costs $.99. "It creates obsessions," said relationship counselor Renee Rokero. She sees the aftermath and the emotional damage from living a lie. In a recent national survey 70 percent of married women and 54 percent of married men did not know their spouses were cheating. In addition, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found one in five divorces now involve Facebook. And, a staggering 80 percent of divorce lawyers pull evidence of cheating from social media. "It's has gotten out of hand. All the technology is a lot of distraction when we're unhappy in a relationship," Rokero said. "I've warned the people, there's a trust factor involved, but you may technically be committing a crime," said Internet Crimes Investigator and former HPD Detective Chris Duque. He said he's seen that mistrust lead to break-ups and illegal behavior. "People have an assumption that they have a right to do all these things because they are in a relationship," Duque said. Taking information from a smartphone without permission, for example, is a Class C Felony and possible jail time, he said. "We get consumed," said Rokero. "You can't blame it entirely on the device. It's the human being that's operating it." She said couples need to remember to try new things together, and find that balance between real life and life online. "If the two people could sit down and talk about their emotions and feelings, and come up with some rules and agreements," she said. "That's dirty!" said Boyd, as he looked at a new spy app that remotely activates a phone's speaker. "I tell people as long as your leading a pretty honest life, you're OK, you've got nothing to worry about."