If you are an owner of an Android smartphone, you can understand the pain of loosing one. Even the idea of loosing my Android, give me shivers. To ensure the safety of our device, it’s recommended to install an anti-theft application on them. These applications help you to track and recover your lost phone.
Here, I have listed the top 5 applications that will help you track and locate your Android smartphone if by chance you loose. Please note that these applications are just there to provide a helping hand and do not ensure 100% safety of your Android device.
F-Secure Anti Theft
F-Secure is one of the most simple and easy to use Anti Theft applications for Android. If you suspect your phone to be missing, using this application, you can remotely lock it or wipe the data so that your private text messages or pictures don’t end up in the wrong hands. You can also locate your phone or the person holding it remotely. If some one changes the SIM, an SMS will be sent to one of your preset trusted numbers, thus ensuring security of your device.
Update: LostInTechnology reader, Costa, brought up that he was unable to easily uninstall this application. Here is his fix ton uninstall the application.
1. goto Settings>Security>Use secure credentials
2. Untick box allowing this permission for Anti-theft.
3. Uninstall as normal
Anti Droid Theft
Anti Droid Theft is a free app that will help you track your Android phone if it has been lost or stolen. It uses your phone’s built in tracking ability to allow you to locate your phone using the Internet and a web browser. Like any other application, you will be notified for any SIM change on your trusted number.
Anti Droid Theft features
- Email alerts when someone changes SIM cards
- Online location tracking of your Android device using GPS or Cell Towers
- Spy Camera: View images taken from your phone’s camera.
Watch Droid lite is yet another simple anti-theft application for your Android device. All it does is send SMS messages to the desired number along with the GPS coordinates of the phone. If you want added protection such as remote lock and wipe, you can go for the pro version at a very nominal price.
Where’s My Droid
To be very frank, this application is not really an anti-theft module, but it will be a great help to you if you have misplaced your mobile. Now, when you lose your phone, you can text your phone with the custom set attention word, and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer volume up, and start ringing. You can also text a different attention word and get the GPS location of your phone.
McAfee WaveSecure is a complete mobile security service that lets users protect data, ensure privacy in the event of theft and enhances the possibility of recovering the phone. It’s power packed with lots of interesting features, but the only shortcoming is its heavy price tag of USD19.90 for a year subscription.
Features of WaveSecure
- Uninstall protection for Android
- Backup SMS
- Backup Contacts
- Backup Call Logs
- Backup Media (selectively)
- All of the above Restore functionality
- Track Location
- Remote Lock/unlock/wipe
(By)Ashish Mundhra a tech blogger from TechPanache and is an enthusiast in the field of technology. A software engineering student, he enjoys learning about technological advancements and exploring the gamut of new developments in the field. Once versed with the knowledge, he loves sharing his experiences and experiments with the world.