The sad fact is, not everyone you come across in your lifetime will be honest. An even harder reality to face is when that someone is your spouse. Yes, I am talking about cheating. Current estimates state that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women will have an extramarital affair sometime during the course of the marriage. It is a scary statistic, and no one wants it to happen to them, but oftentimes it does.
The reality is, when your spouse is having an affair, there are usually warning signs. Most people have reported that they knew something was going on, or had a feeling, but just weren’t positive. It is pretty easy to recognize different patterns in someone whom you have known and spent time with for years. It is these changes in regular habits and activities that help give the affair away. Mysterious phone calls where the caller hangs up, the spouse spending unusual time outside of the house or staying out till the wee hours of the morning, and making an effort to hide their cell phone or text messages are all potential signs. Speaking of text messages, this is one area where progress has been made to actually recover deleted text messages in order to investigate extramarital affairs.
In the world of hand held technology in which we live, almost everyone has a cell phone and consequently, almost everyone text messages from time to time. When a spouse is cheating, they often use text messages to communicate, as a “safe” way to carry on the affair without being caught. Well, this approach may not be so safe anymore.
There are now products and services on the market that will actually help you to recover deleted text messages, or in effect UNDELETE these deleted messages. A new sector of the world of technology has been created specifically for these types of purposes called Computer Forensics. There are many applications for this type of service when you really think about it. Maybe you accidentally deleted some incredibly important information pertaining to your business, or maybe you deleted a series of text messages that you need to recover concerning threats made and you wish to report them to the police. The scenarios go on and on but more and more, these types of services are being used to allow spouses to undelete deleted text messages for the purposes of investigating suspicion of an extramarital affair.
I suppose the jury is still out on how these services relate to your privacy. Much like listening in on a private phone call, recovering these deleted texts can certainly be seen as an invasion of privacy. The applications could certainly be helpful to law enforcement officials when investigating crimes, however, making a great case for using a text recovery product. The important thing for all of us to remember is, every time you send an email or a text message, there is a record of it. Now, even when you hit delete, that record may not be as deleted as you think…