Keep Your Android Phone Safe with These Mobile Security Apps
Meet some of the best security apps protecting your Android phone and make it easy to find the device when the phone is lost or stolen.
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Your mobile phone is probably your most important digital right which keeps your contacts, emails, text messages, personal photos and other confidential stuff that you do not want anyone to see. Even so, losing one is so easy because you are taking it everywhere.
Google Play store has a large number of security apps that help you protect your Android phone and offer options that increase the chances of finding your lost (or stolen) device. The lookout app was the most popular option for determining the location of a lost phone, but with Google’s own Android Device Manager, the lookout can be left (unless your phone is running an old version of Android).
Android Device Manager shows a list of your Android phones and tablets connected to your Google Account and helps you find them on Google Maps. You can ring your phone from the browser (if it’s hidden under the pillow), lock the device with a custom pin or factory reset that permanently deletes all the data on your phone.
Android Device Manager requires that the device is online – connect to mobile data or Wi-Fi – to remotely ring, lock or erase the phone for you. Although pre and Where are apps like My Droid app that allow you to remotely send commands to your phone via text messages.
For example, the SMS command like “Go PREY” will ring the phone on your lost phone from any other mobile phone, record its geo-location and capture a picture with the front camera. You can lock your phone, erase data, show a system notification, or take a picture on demand through the commands sent through text messages.
Hunting and Where My Droid can be configured to send SMS alerts to another number, someone should try to replace the existing SIM card of your phone. That said, you should also activate the SIM lock on your Android phone (Settings -> Security -> Setup SIM card lock) and the device will need a password whenever it is turned on.
When you are charging your cell phone at a public station, you will either have to look at the device all the time or you can activate the anti-theft alarm app and rest a bit. When a charger disconnects, the app will trigger a Syrian sound and your phone screen will continuously flash until you enter the correct PIN. You can go a step further and configure the app to trigger an alert when someone runs the phone for a few inches from the original position.
Another Android App Lockwatch records the location of the phone and when a phone tries to unlock but enters the wrong PIN or password, then captures a photo with a front camera. This information is sent to your email address and it is quiet so the intruder never knows their activity has been recorded.
If the device is lost or stolen, then it is important that you report this matter to your carrier and the police and they are likely to ask for details like device’s IMEI number, IMSI, SIM number, etc. If you can keep one then it helps record this information anywhere outside your phone. You can find the IMEI number by dialing * # 06 # or get a SIM reader app and it will immediately remove the SIM and the device’s information that you can save in your email account.
One more thing you have secured your Android phone with a numerical PIN or more complex alphanumeric password, but these are clearly inconvenient because you have typed the string every time you turn on the screen. A free app called SkipLock makes you a little easier.
When you are connected to a recognized Wi-Fi network, the app will basically delete the lock and as soon as you restore the lock on 3G or non-recognized Wi-Fi networks. Thus, the phone remains unlocked at home, but as soon as you get out, the lock becomes active. Since SkipLock app is not in Google Play Store, you need to enable unknown sources to install the APK file on your phone.