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    As a new android user. How can u do a remote wipe in the event that you lose your phone?

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    I rely on the app "Lookout" for my security/finding lost phone needs.

    https://www.lookout.com/features
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    I like the Android Lost app. I really wish Google included this functionality within the OS
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    I use this and I LOVE IT https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mNlcmJlcnVzIl0. has some amazing features and can wipe the device if you text it a certain command or via the online control panel thingy. It has some great features for tracking down the phone and getting it back, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by promanex View Post
    I use this and I LOVE IT https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mNlcmJlcnVzIl0. has some amazing features and can wipe the device if you text it a certain command or via the online control panel thingy. It has some great features for tracking down the phone and getting it back, too.
    THIS.

    Unbelievable what that app can do.
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    AndroidLost or Cerberus? Can either of them disable the phone from powering off?
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    I don't think Cerberus can keep the phone from turning off, but you can set it to alert you whenever someone uses the phone so you'll know it's on, and can then send commands to it. Don't know about AndroidLost, and I don't even know if that's a function that's supported by Android (unless you root).
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    I like PhoneLocator Pro.
    It lets you:
    -Wipe
    -Lock
    -Display a message
    -GPS it
    -Force it to ring
    -Get the call log
    (the standard stuff)

    Plus it also lets you:
    -Take a pic of the thief
    -Listen-in on the thief
    -Locks out any unauthorized SIM
    -Survives a Factory Rest (if rooted)

    True story: about 18mos ago I had my Nexus S stolen (or lost), so first GPS'ed it (thankfully it was a block away), I took a pic of the thief, listened to his surroundings (seemed like a call center), got his SIM # (seeing as he clearly ditched my SIM he had no plan to return my device)...so I went to its location waiting in the lobby & when I saw him the fun began - I locked him out, put a message on-screen & forced it to ring an embarrassing ringtone at full volume. As he fumbled through his bag I approached him & relatively politely retrieved my property.
    Best 5$ ever spent!

    He clearly didn't know the power of Android, LoL. He seemed mystefied that I was able to do all that especially when I showed him his picture I had received previous to encountering him along with his number.

    Here's the Play Store link--> https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...=com.rvo.plpro
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    SeekDroid is another option. I got it when it was an Amazon App of the Day.

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    So how secure are these third party apps? I just know on my blackberries it was integrated into the OS so I didn't have to worry about developers having access. Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilkins View Post
    SeekDroid is another option. I got it when it was an Amazon App of the Day.

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    Was gonna say...no love for Seekdroid?

    I got mine as well when it was the FAOTD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanhoj View Post
    I like PhoneLocator Pro.
    It lets you:
    -Wipe
    -Lock
    -Display a message
    -GPS it
    -Force it to ring
    -Get the call log
    (the standard stuff)

    Plus it also lets you:
    -Take a pic of the thief
    -Listen-in on the thief
    -Locks out any unauthorized SIM
    -Survives a Factory Rest (if rooted)

    True story: about 18mos ago I had my Nexus S stolen (or lost), so first GPS'ed it (thankfully it was a block away), I took a pic of the thief, listened to his surroundings (seemed like a call center), got his SIM # (seeing as he clearly ditched my SIM he had no plan to return my device)...so I went to its location waiting in the lobby & when I saw him the fun began - I locked him out, put a message on-screen & forced it to ring an embarrassing ringtone at full volume. As he fumbled through his bag I approached him & relatively politely retrieved my property.
    Best 5$ ever spent!

    He clearly didn't know the power of Android, LoL. He seemed mystefied that I was able to do all that especially when I showed him his picture I had received previous to encountering him along with his number.

    Here's the Play Store link--> https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...=com.rvo.plpro
    I also use PhoneLocator Pro. Although I was considering Cerberus since it seems to have a lot of the same features. Do you know if PLP can tell you when the device is in use? I didn't know that Cerberus could do that. I'm new to PLP and have never had to actually use it on a thief since I just got the app and nexus 4. I am still considering getting Cerberus but really can't tell the difference between PLP and it. As I said the features, as far as I could tell, (except maybe the in use alert that I just learned about from Cerberus that the poster below mentioned) are the exact same.

    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    I don't think Cerberus can keep the phone from turning off, but you can set it to alert you whenever someone uses the phone so you'll know it's on, and can then send commands to it. Don't know about AndroidLost, and I don't even know if that's a function that's supported by Android (unless you root).
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    I just tried Cerberus and its absolutely excellent! Free for a week then $4.xx one time fee (U.S.). Installed it on my phone and my sons tablet. Can easily control his tablet and more.
    Takes pictures if wrong password entered. See GPS location and tracking. Record video and audio and have it emailed back to you. Great Solutions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by promanex View Post
    I use this and I LOVE IT https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mNlcmJlcnVzIl0. has some amazing features and can wipe the device if you text it a certain command or via the online control panel thingy. It has some great features for tracking down the phone and getting it back, too.
    AGREED! I use Cerberus and it is extremely powerful; luckily I have never needed to use it. If you're rooted, there are even deeper features. You can remotely wipe, take photos, toggle gps etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilkins View Post
    SeekDroid is another option. I got it when it was an Amazon App of the Day.

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    I got seekdroid as that Amazon app of the day as well. Seekdroid has a nice web interface and does a lot of the same features mentioned with other apps. It also has an SMS option which allows you to wipe/lock/alarm/wipe by sending an SMS code to your phone.
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    There's a free app called AndroidLost which is great too
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    I've installed Cerberus. Its powerful I'm skeptical as to how well it works. During testing, it failed to take remote pictures and email them to me as its supposed to. I know it can work as some pictures came through, but a lot failed. As such, I can't say its completely 100% reliable, but it seems to have a good reputation....
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    What does everyone think of AVG? Looks like it can do the same thing as the other apps described.

    Anyone have to use it?

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    hi, please help.. i lost my phone, and installed the app on my phone from my pc through google play, but I don't know how to start tracking the phone from my PC.. please help.. thanks a lot
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    Quote Originally Posted by ai7m2003 View Post
    hi, please help.. i lost my phone, and installed the app on my phone from my pc through google play, but I don't know how to start tracking the phone from my PC.. please help.. thanks a lot
    Which App did you install??????
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    I activated AVG anti-theft, because why not as it is free, but never tried anything out. As a side question, How are you liking Solavei. I am getting fed up with Straight Talk, although I am concerned about T-Mobiles phone service coverage on Solavei, as AT&T is consistently reported as having much better coverage.
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    just had my nexus 4 stolen

    But didn't install any of these apps, any way I can remote install and activate? Or any other way to wipe nexus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary gatter View Post
    just had my nexus 4 stolen

    But didn't install any of these apps, any way I can remote install and activate? Or any other way to wipe nexus?
    Maybe. If the phone is turned on and still has the SIM card (or is connected to WiFi) and the thief hasn't already done a hard reset, you can remotely push some apps. Same as pushing apps remotely if you buy on the Play store from a desktop. However, I think the window is pretty small before a thief does a hard reset. On the other hand, what do you have to lose? For example, Cerberus has a free trial period and if it helps get your phone back the 2.99 license is cheap. If it doesn't, there's no way to do the in-app upgrade anyway.

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