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Old April 30th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you don't already have this download it from the app store. If someone ever steals your phone or you lose it you can remotely access it and pinpoint the exact location of it or just lock the phone entirely.

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Is there a fee for the service?

I've used WaveSecure before, but they used an international server to send the SMS's so you got hit with text charges.
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It is free. I just installed it on my Incredible and it worked fine.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup totally free. Just think of it like lojack for your car. Gives me peace of mind now incase I leave it somewhere or someone swipes it.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I used smrtguard on my Blackberry, it was cool, you could get online and follow the gps to see where its at
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if you don't have root, will it not auto start gps?

In otherwords, as a non root user (and i don't install as a system app) - if i lose or get my phone stolen while gps is off (or the person that steals it turns gps off) - will this app still work?
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if you don't have root, will it not auto start gps?

In otherwords, as a non root user (and i don't install as a system app) - if i lose or get my phone stolen while gps is off (or the person that steals it turns gps off) - will this app still work?
I'm an absolute layperson with this stuff, but I just gave it a try. My GPS was off, and I went to the website and logged in, then told it to pinpoint my phone. I watched the phone, and the app self started the GPS to lock in on me. From the computer, I had the option to disconnect the GPS, so it appears the app gives the account holder (who is logged into their site) to turn the GPS on and off remotely.
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I'm an absolute layperson with this stuff, but I just gave it a try. My GPS was off, and I went to the website and logged in, then told it to pinpoint my phone. I watched the phone, and the app self started the GPS to lock in on me. From the computer, I had the option to disconnect the GPS, so it appears the app gives the account holder (who is logged into their site) to turn the GPS on and off remotely.
I just did this with the GPS off and I couldn't see any option to turn the GPS on.
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This is a pretty good anti theft system for computers and now they have one for android. I use it for all of my computers.


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This is a pretty good anti theft system for computers and now they have one for android. I use it for all of my computers.


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Looks good but it says it runs itself every 20mins?
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 08:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I just did this with the GPS off and I couldn't see any option to turn the GPS on.
You're right, I turned off my GPS, but forgot I had enabled WiFi since I was at my house. Just retried, and it didn't connect to the phone.
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I have it installed seems to work as advertised .
I also am testing lookout.

This is from their faq
Q: Will enabling GPS drain my battery?
A: Mobile Defense only uses your GPS when you initiate a remote connection via our website. If you see the GPS icon (little satellite dish with green animation) on at any other time it is being used by another application you have installed. Contrary to popular belief, enabling the GPS doesn't actually mean the GPS is consuming any power. GPS will not start looking for signals unless a GPS enabled application is running. This is drastically different from other things such as 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Those three constantly try to seek out signals, and thus consume battery power even when they are not used. If you are still concerned with the power consumption of GPS in standby mode, please refer to this interesting post where the GPS on the G1 is tested in various states: How to properly test active GPS power consumption - Android Forums
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You cannot auto-start GPS without a rooted phone so you'll need to have it always on
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Is there a fee for the service?

I've used WaveSecure before, but they used an international server to send the SMS's so you got hit with text charges.
My 2nd dumb question for today: I have texting blocked on my phone. Is this the only way this will work or can it be accomplished by email?
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My 2nd dumb question for today: I have texting blocked on my phone. Is this the only way this will work or can it be accomplished by email?
Email works just fine.
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Email works just fine.
I'm pretty sure mobile defense only works by sending an SMS text. When you track your phone, it first sends a text to activate the program on your phone.
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Is Mobile Defense better than Lookout? I have Lookout and it seems to do everything I need it to do.
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Is Mobile Defense better than Lookout? I have Lookout and it seems to do everything I need it to do.
That has antivirus too right?

Question: How many of you guys run an av on your Android device(s)?
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Looks good but it says it runs itself every 20mins?
I think that is for when you activate the program by sending a text message to the phone. I use prey on my macbook and it stays hidden until i turn it on via the webUI.
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I downloaded and tested it out today. Great app...as long as it stays free
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the only drawback to this app is that unless you have root, it can simply be uninstalled and you are SOL. I would like to see a password protect to uninstall.
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That has antivirus too right?

Question: How many of you guys run an av on your Android device(s)?
It does have AV.
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the only drawback to this app is that unless you have root, it can simply be uninstalled and you are SOL. I would like to see a password protect to uninstall.
It hides itself however so who would ever know it was on the phone? Unless they REALLY looked.
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So bottom line for this app is you need to have GPS turned on correct?
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So all this allows you to do is pinpoint the location of your phone (plus it includes an antivirus), but does not allow backup or remote wipe of data?
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I just tried it with GPS OFF, and it works perfectly. Not sure if it turns on the GPS, or uses cellular location based on towers instead.
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Thanks for that information. I may give this a shot. Wish it had the ability to wipe tho.
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installed it this morning. have GPS turned on. Successfully connected to phone via web account. At no time today, and I checked often throughout the day, was I able to see anything located on the map - it's just a google map with nothing pointing anywhere.

Also, if you're stating there is antivirus, backup/wipe, and/or the ability to remotely turn any function of the phone on, I'm highly doubting it. I see no page even attempting to do these things. The only way I know it connected was a short audible notification indicating that I received a message. I can't imagine that being even the slightest bit helpful if my phone is lost (and more of a red flag to any thief with my phone).

I want to like this app, so please let me know if I'm not using the tools properly.
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installed it this morning. have GPS turned on. Successfully connected to phone via web account. At no time today, and I checked often throughout the day, was I able to see anything located on the map - it's just a google map with nothing pointing anywhere.

Also, if you're stating there is antivirus, backup/wipe, and/or the ability to remotely turn any function of the phone on, I'm highly doubting it. I see no page even attempting to do these things. The only way I know it connected was a short audible notification indicating that I received a message. I can't imagine that being even the slightest bit helpful if my phone is lost (and more of a red flag to any thief with my phone).

I want to like this app, so please let me know if I'm not using the tools properly.
I agree ..... don't see that much benefit to it especially compared to other apps like Lookout or iTag (I think thats what its called)
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Suddenly this app does not seem as promising.
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installed it this morning. have GPS turned on. Successfully connected to phone via web account. At no time today, and I checked often throughout the day, was I able to see anything located on the map - it's just a google map with nothing pointing anywhere.

Also, if you're stating there is antivirus, backup/wipe, and/or the ability to remotely turn any function of the phone on, I'm highly doubting it. I see no page even attempting to do these things. The only way I know it connected was a short audible notification indicating that I received a message. I can't imagine that being even the slightest bit helpful if my phone is lost (and more of a red flag to any thief with my phone).

I want to like this app, so please let me know if I'm not using the tools properly.
That doesn't sound right.

After the site connected to my phone, it showed that my phone was in my house. Actually, it may have been a few feet off (I think it showed my phone being in my backyard), but close enough.

I had options to lock the phone or send a message/alarm tone to the phone. There are special instructions on the site about setting up the lock feature beforehand (basically...set up lock sequence before hand on phone, then UNLOCK it via website...from then on, unlock and lock phone ONLY via website...this gives you the power to remote lock it at a later time).

Later versions should support remote wiping.
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Personally, I pay very close attention to where my phone is at all times (like my wallet, car keys, etc.). I'd rather rely on that than an app (a) I can't get rid of (b) could theoretically allow the world to know exactly where I am at any given time. Can you say security risk? I've learned that, no matter how fool-proof something claims to be, there's always some fool out there yada yada yada.

For emergencies though, I'd love to see a free "911" app. Here's what it would do (there would be a very prominent 911 widget for it).
1. I would call as many numbers needed to the local police departments and cell carriers with, essentially, an SOS, so not only do they know where you are (with an address no less) but they'd have a street view picture. Wouldn't take a Sherlock Holmes to solve this one.

After making those calls, it would blank the screen entirely so that it couldn't be turned on or off. Only you (great song by the way) would know the secret "wipe finger" code to open it back up (Droid does that...jeeez I sound like a commercial).
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the only drawback to this app is that unless you have root, it can simply be uninstalled and you are SOL. I would like to see a password protect to uninstall.
Very true. Hopefully that will get fixed soon. I will check this app out as well. I can track the fiance, err wait, she'll track me to the Strip Club for my Bachelor party LOL.
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