From:                              Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent:                               Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:09 PM


Subject:                          Cocktail Talk - TeenSafe? Maybe not.



Cocktail Talk

May 2016

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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TeenSafe cell phone monitoring software came onto my radar and seemed like a pretty clean and easy Cocktail Talk. 


Unfortunately, it is not.


TeenSafe is a soft-ware that let's you monitor the text messages, even the deleted ones, call logs, browser history, instagram messages, and location of your teen's phone. 


TeenSafe works on all the popular phones, let's use Apple as an example.


If you have an iPhone or iPad you have an Apple ID.  It is used to download apps, buy music, rent videos and backup you device to iCloud.


You give TeenSafe the Apple ID associated with the iPhone, or iPad, you want to monitor and they set up a link to the iCloud backup. They extract information from the backup and format it nice and neat for you to access from their secure website.


There's no software on the iPhone being monitored, all that's required is that backup be turned on. Already there's a way around it. That's where the problem started. Looking for other ways around it made things worse. 


Right away there's a young girl posting up that her parents are monitoring her every move using TeenSafe and what can she do? I was prepared for instructions on how to turn off backup, a hack, a link to a website, even brutal teenage ranting and sarcasm. What happened scared me.


The first response was from a woman telling the girl how to resolve the issue with her parents. It was very long. Therapist and counselor talk about right's, respect, relationships and trust. 


The next person to respond asked the girl if her parents didn't trust her. She said they were upset about her smoking marijuana and sneaking out of the house to see boys.  


With blood in the water a lot of people had advice, none of it pertaining to TeenSafe Nobody told her to turn off backup, but they did tell her to do a lot of other things. That's what scared me most. 


So I won't be comparing, explaining, or recommending any products like this.




Parents, Teenagers, Predators,TeenSafe, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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