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Best Lost Phone App For Android

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    Question Best Lost Phone App For Android

    What's the best lost phone app for android phones? I live under constant fear what will happen to my personal information if ever I lose my Android phone. I need a bullet-proof security app for this purpose. Please let me know if you're using any App(s) to secure your Android based smart phone or tablet device if ever it goes missing. Basically I'm looking for an App which has the following features:

    1. Trace and Track location of my mobile phone using GPS and Internet connectivity. Then, lock it and display an alert message on its screen like "If you've my mobile, please call me at this number:..... "

    2. Sometimes we lose mobile phones at home. Once I kept it in my wardrobe in silent mode and forgot.. eh.. So it will be nice if we can trigger a siren or ringtone remotely even if it's in silent mode.

    3. I've heard that some mobile phones can even take pictures of thieves and email you that photo and location. Does this app comes pre-installed with mobile phones or do we have an app?

    4. An E-mail and SMS to pre-defined contacts should be triggered if there is a change in the SIM card.

    5. Finally, I need an App which can remotely wipe all the data from the internal memory and SD card easily.

    I believe everyone needs a lost phone app for Android. Even if you're using other OS based phones, you should consider searching for this app. The Smartphones should have no less security than your computers. Having such security apps will also allow you to use your smartphones freely and store more of your personal and financial information. Let us know if you're using any security apps to protect your phone and its data. Thanks!
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    There is something which you can purchase from a mobile phone store, its some sort of security thing. I cant think of the exact name right now, but will find out for you.

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    Android Lost is a application/software you can install on your phone, and if for any reason your phone is lost you can control your phone from your pc.
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    I lost a Samsung galaxy S2 some time back and no sign of that phone till date. Did have lots of important stuff in there but not the end of my life though. It sucks when you loose your phone. I personally think that no amount of apps can get your phone back. The guys who deal with stolen goods know their stuff and it hardly takes 10 mins to remove everything you may have ever installed to track your phone.

    The best thing you can do is not loose your phone

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    And keep your data backed up in case you do manage to loose your phone.

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    Yeh that's important its always good to take a backup of your phone contacts, photos, videos etc. But I think the main risk is in when you have applications like Facebook, Google mail and your user id and password is all in there. Then what?

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    I think losing a phone is one of the worst things to happen to someone. I still remember me losing my phone some 3 years ago, I had a lot of photos in there, all my contacts in there, all gone. Even though I had lost my phone I dont have any lost phone app on it, thinking that it wont really work. The only best thing to do is what Admin has mentioned, backing up all your data. Making sure you have your IMEI number is also important you can report your phone, and there are chances you can get the phone back. I didnt have my IMEI number so wasnt able to do much.

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    Nowadays, we even have apps which can be downloaded remotely on your smartphone and it will start doing its stuff. That can be done even if the Sim Card is changed. I just don't remember the name of that App.

    Backing up of data is the most fundamental and important step. However, I wouldn't like anyone to get access to my private data as well.

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    Although there are applications for lost phones, I think its important to make sure that those applications are genuine. Applications can be made by alot of people who know there stuff, so I think its important to note that use genuine and known phone applications.

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    Downloading from Apps stores like Google Play will ensure that those apps are genuine.

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    So you can use any application from Google play without having to think whether its genuine or not, or even download applications which may require yor password?

    iTunes has a lot of applications, but I dont think all are genuine and you have to make sure whether its the actual application for service or something else, other passwords and security are at risk.

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    As far a I know, iTunes has a stricter policy for developers than any other stores. I haven't heard of any Apps which are not genuine, unless we download pirated stuff. Let us know if there are any. I'll be happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.

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    I didnt know that, I thought it was a higher risk of security for the itunes applications. Cause when I first was going to download a Gmail application, there were many others, and it made me think that the developer can easily access my login details.

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    No, the developers cannot access your private data than the ones you agree while accepting their TOS if it's on one of those stores. App stores like iTunes check every app before allowing it to get published. Also, it's recommended to read the comments and ratings of an App before downloading it. You'll get an idea if it's useful for you.

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    If you have your IMEA number and phone number, can not this reported to the police if your phone is lost or stolen. Using these two things should they not be able to trace the phone. Also I thought that the service providers also helps out in this situation by tracking the phone, that's if its being used.

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    I'm using a Samsung S5 and I have been using the built in app for situations like these.
    I would recommend using Dr. Safety as a backup. It can also do all these things (locate device, track mobile location, wipe all data in case of stolen phone, remote access to your phone via computer).

    Hope this helps

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    You can enable Android device manager in your handset and if your device features any SIM card alert or lost Android device service, enable it. Coming to the apps, there are many good apps out there on playstore. I just remember two of them, Avast and 360 security. Both of these apps have a very good user feedback, high class features and both are highly reputed apps. You can choose any one of them as per your choice.

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    I heard of an application called Cerberus anti theft. It is a cool application with a lot of features like remote alarm and lock, remotely format SD card and it also alert you if there is a SIM change. It even works through SMS and hence there is no need of an Internet connection. You can also remotely control the device through cerberusapp site. There is a trial version of one week and then you need to pay for its extension.

    Avast also got some useful features in securing your handset as already recommended by @waqsi.

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    There are lots of them but I have only used avast. You can also track down your phone if you have GPS enabled everytime via whatsapp and facebook. Also if you have costly phone then certainly go for gadget security plans.

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    A lot if antivirus and antimalware apps you can download now, such as mobile365, AVG and lookout security also come with track and trace programs included in them so sometimes there isn't even a need to buy something seperate.

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