iPhones are making it easier to cheat — and catch cheaters


Boe McCrimmon Jr. had been a playboy for years when he got his first iPhone in 2007, but the shiny gadget  and its nonstop access to Facebook and Twitter — made finding women all too easy.

“Instead of having a little black book, the world is your little black book,” says McCrimmon, 29, an entrepreneur and host of the podcast “I Say That To Say This,” on which he muses about his personal life.

For six years after that, the Port Washington, LI, resident was always dating at least two women at the same time — most of whom thought they were the only lady in his life — and typically flirting with several others on Instagram and Twitter.

But in 2014, things started to catch up with him. His girlfriend at the time grew suspicious when he began retweeting pictures of sexy women; she logged into his account and discovered adulterous DMs (direct messages) he’d been exchanging with several women. She eventually broke off the relationship.

The following year, he was in a serious relationship with another woman and got caught with his hand on the touch screen once again. His then girlfriend, whom he was living with, plugged his phone into a charger and it lit up, showing that he was messaging several women on Soul-swipe, a dating app for black singles.

“It’s so easy to cheat [now], but it’s even easier to get caught,” says McCrimmon, a now self-professed reformed man who has been faithfully married for three years. “[Your] iPhone tracks every location you’ve been. If you lie about something, [someone] can go right into your location services and see exactly where [you were] at 3 o’clock.”

It used to be that partners discovered cheating by discovering incriminating evidence on phone bills or credit card statements. Now, the unfaithful are being caught on social media and through apps such as Uber (which meticulously documents car routes), Venmo (person-to-person payments) and Find My Friends (locations).

“This is information spurned lovers have never had before — it’s definitely a game-changer,” says Logan Strain, a security analyst at Truthfinder, a company that provides background checks and public records. In recent years, Strain says he’s seen an uptick in people who found out about their cheating partners through suspicious Venmo transactions, Snapchat check-ins and late-night Uber rides.

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