Last Updated: Nov 17,2010
Am I missing something? But where is the setting to not allow a different sim to work in the device?
I guess nobody is interested in security. Is anyone using a locking or security type app? I don't see anything anywhere that would even be as simple as the remote lock on the Nokia N97...text a secret word and the phone is locked..done
Look harder. There are plenty:
WaveSecure Mobile Security - Android app on AppBrain
Track & Protect - Android app on AppBrain
ES Security Manager - Android app on AppBrain
Theft Aware Trial - Android app on AppBrain
SmrtGuard Mobile Security - Android app on AppBrain
F-Secure Anti-Theft for Mobile - Android app on AppBrain
Beacon - Android app on AppBrain
EasyRecover (Trial) - Android app on AppBrain
On the surface, the F-Secure app looks good.
EDIT: Chatted with F-Secure. Data existing on the external SD card is not included in a remote wipe. If you domicile your backups on an external card another individual would be able to perform a restore even if internal SD info is wiped.
Well that's silly. I'm not going to remember to remove the MicroSD card before my phone gets lost/stolen.
Maybe I should contact F-Secure too and voice my thoughts on this.
I wonder if the author of Titanium Backup could be convinced to add password-encryption to the backup files.
It's a failure on the part of the Product Manager when he/she authored the requirements document (as well as a failure of others within F-Secure to notice the glaring omission). Yes, it's free, but it's used to upsell the consumer to their Mobile Security app, and if the little brother is lacking...
BTW, yesterday I submitted the ability to wipe the external SD card as a feature request for the product's next iteration.
Did your exploration of the list turn up any better candidates?
WaveSecure looks polished and robust - $20 per year. It will wipe the external SD card, but will not wipe email and calendar files as they are protected by the OS. So, if the phone is lost or stolen, the email password should be changed a.s.a.p.
Caveat: Now owned by McAfee.
And then there's this:
Norton Mobile Security (Beta) - Android app on AppBrain
Yikes..a couple of folks that installed this had their phones lock on them! One reviewer's story is that it locked up when going to flight mode then back. The app must have thought the sim was changed..NG
Thanks for the heads-up. That said, if you'd ask Symantec (or any other software company for that matter), they'd say "that's why it's called a beta."
My wife had a scare with an almost lost phone. I want to put an app on for location, lockdown, etc.
I'm going to explore some of the apps above. In the meantime has anyone implemented one that they have any feedback on?
One thing that may be an issue is that I do not have a subscription to SMS. I use Google Voice.
you can try lookout. it doesnt have a wipe but it has a way to locate your phone and you can also make it "scream." you can also backup all your stuff to their website which is pretty neat
I'm really liking what I see with Theft Aware.
When you install it, it asks for a Name to use for the app, so that it will not be recognizable as a security app, and that is what shows up in the App Drawer. But then when you try to run that, it won't run w/o a security code that you set up.
When it is 'active', it in fact does not even show up in the app drawer. Don't see it in the list of running apps either. Not sure how they accomplish that.
I'm going to experiment with it.
Looks like my email to the author had an effect. Encryption has been added to the latest version.
Why don't you just do a sim lock? It's already built into the Captivate.
Maybe because we're not talking about the SIM card, but instead about the MicroSD card?
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