Most Common Questions about Personal Detection: Why Not Just Use an App?

KJB Security Blog
We're often asked versions of the same questions about our detectio devices like the DD1206, DD1207, and DD1216. The questions essentially boil down to "does it work?", "how does it work?" and "what makes it better than a different (or cheaper) detection device?" Using the DD1206 as our example we've answred those questions in a three part blog series. This week we tackle. . .

Why not just use an app?

There are several scenarios where you could be at risk for being spied on: Individual's charged with keeping government or corporate secrets are often a target of spy campaigns. High net worth individuals can be watched if there is a kidnapping plot afoot. Those involved in an acrimonious divorce or custody hearing can have their homes bugged to gain an advantage in court. Even going on vacation puts you at risk of being spied on by an unscrupulous landlord or Air BnB host. These might sound like the plot of a summer blockbuster but we've seen news clips of every situation we just spelled out. 

Most bug detector apps make use of the magnetometer in the mobile device to pick up on electronic fields emitted by hidden mics or cameras. However some bugs work has such a low power level that these fields are undetectable to common smart phone apps. The DD1206 tunes in on RF frequencies emitted hidden devices. You can lower the sensitivity of the antenna to exclude common RF transmitters and hone in on a possible spy device. DD 1206 is a device designed specifically to search for radio transmitters with specialized hardware such as antennas and filters. No matter how "smart" the application on a smartphone is, without specially designed hardware you will not be able to conduct a quality search.

Smart phones tune in to electric signals emitted by the spy bug. But if the bug is low power, a smart phone app won't detect it. The DD1206 tunes in on RF frequencies emitted by hidden bugs even if those bugs are operating on low power.