Tips Mobile Defense App

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  1. Droidboy850

    Droidboy850 Well-Known Member
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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.

    www.mobiledefense.com
     

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  2. NKT

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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.
     
  3. kgeissler

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    It is free. I just installed it on my Incredible and it worked fine.
     
  4. Droidboy850

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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.
     
  5. NKT

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  6. Jakaro

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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
     
  7. trowpa

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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?
     
  8. Sean1208

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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.
     
  9. mmisterio

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    I just did this with the GPS off and I couldn't see any option to turn the GPS on.
     
  10. hupkix

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  12. Sean1208

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    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.
     
  13. waynester

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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
     
  14. FrozenIpaq

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    You cannot auto-start GPS without a rooted phone so you'll need to have it always on
     
  15. cfh09

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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?
     
  16. Droidboy850

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    Email works just fine.
     
  17. linesablur

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    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.
     
  18. bird jam

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    Is Mobile Defense better than Lookout? I have Lookout and it seems to do everything I need it to do.
     
  19. Trooper

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    That has antivirus too right?

    Question: How many of you guys run an av on your Android device(s)?
     
  20. hupkix

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    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.
     
  21. Brausso

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    I downloaded and tested it out today. Great app...as long as it stays free :D
     
  22. JCP SR

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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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  23. bird jam

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    It does have AV.
     
  24. Droidboy850

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    It hides itself however so who would ever know it was on the phone? Unless they REALLY looked.
     
  25. Trooper

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    So bottom line for this app is you need to have GPS turned on correct?
     

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