Find stolen or lost smartphone

Spread the word: no one is immune to lose one day his smartphone, with the data that go with (photos, videos, text files, PDF, sound, bank data, archived web browsing) – whether it is a real loss, or theft.

In this situation, it is possible to get by – but for this, it is still necessary to have anticipated, and activated a service to locate his lost smartphone, and even to act remotely on its data to prevent malicious individual to get their hands on your information.

Most OS now offer services natively, that can geotag your device after a flight, freeze, and even retrieve your data before you delete them remotely.

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iOS: Find My iPhone

If you use an iPhone, iOS 8 and 9 offer a service called “Find My iPhone” (Find My iPhone). It allows you to ring your device, lock it, send a message on the phone screen (to the thief or the person who has just found it), and erase its contents. All this, at a distance.

You will first have to enjoy it, use iCloud service “cloud” of Apple. Then go to “settings”, “iCloud” and in the “Find My iPhone” option. You can then enable the service. The day you lose your device, visit the icloud.com/find site. You can locate your device immediately. The “Lost Mode” will also tell you where your device during the previous hours.

Android: the device manager

For Android smartphones, Google proposes to use the “Device Manager” (device manager), who also manage the terminal in case of theft or loss, via geolocation and an access service to remote data . To use it, go to “Google Settings” and in the “Safety” section. There, press the buttons “locate the device remotely” and “authorize locking and deletion.”

In case of problems, you can go on the website of the device manager via your Google credentials to geotag very precisely your Android smartphone (current location, but also historical locations). You can also make it ring, lock and erase stored data.

Samsung also offers a service of the same style: Find My Mobile. It synchronizes your Samsung device with your account and via the security settings, enable the options “Mobile Tracker” and “remote control”.

Protect Blackerry

Blackberry offers a similar service: BlackBerry Protect. To use, in the case of a Blackberry using the latest operating BB Service 10, you need to create a BlackBerry ID from your mobile account and then go to the “system settings” and https: / /protect.blackberry.com to activate the service. If you use a version of “oldest”, you can download the application on Blackberry World.

With BlackBerry Protect, you can display a custom message that can be read by anyone who finds your device, and lock it. You can also geotag your smartphone on a map thanks to its GPS positioning, ringing, or delete all data stored on the device and on your SD card, if you use one. Cleaning your terminal will also delete your contacts and applications.

Windows Phone 8: Find My Phone

In the case of Windows Phone, the “locate my phone,” which is in “settings”, “confidentialities” allows “to record the location” of the device. To be able, by visiting account.microsoft.com/devices, use your Microsoft account to geotag your phone on a map.

As for Blackberry Protect, Android Device Manager and Find My iPhone, the Windows Phone location service allows 8 to ring your device, lock it and delete its contents remotely.

Use a cookie

There are also several tracking applications that can geotag your device remotely and act on your data. Cerberus goes further than the native Android services: this application “lock” allows you, in addition to locating your smartphone, take pictures, screenshots and record videos to identify a potential thief. It can also record the microphone of the device, or to list the outgoing and incoming calls. A real spy, in fact.

The Lookout security app (iOS or Android), lets turn to sound a remote alarm, locate your smartphone to lock your device remotely, delete its contents, and take a picture of individual who will seize several times a wrong password.

For or against the permanent geolocation?

Use one of these services you will therefore block your smartphone remotely, to recover your data, delete, locate your device, and make it unusable. Certainly it will be useless if the thief is found in the countryside, where network coverage is poor, he turned off the device or or withdraws the phone battery, but it is an indispensable measure of caution these days – especially knowing that flights take place most often in the city.

The only problem with these services is of course the permanent geolocation that threatens your privacy: by selecting “locate my iPhone” or the “device manager” of Android, you entrust permanently Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Blackberry yet, information about your location – and that’s not to mention the risk of flaws that could allow a hacker to access your geolocation. After it is just a matter of trust.