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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tommy_ed, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Just installed Mobile Defense. It's pretty cool, but I'm wondering if there are any better ones out there? I have a couple problems with it:

    -You can remotely lock the phone, but when I do and it prompts me for the lock pattern I set up, I can just tap the screen or do any random pattern and it unlocks? I don't like having to do the pattern for everyday use

    -The tracking map is obviously very innacurate when GPS is turned off, but I don't like keeping it on because I feel like its a battery drainer. Anyone know of a way to remotely turn on GPS without being rooted?

    I would like to see both of these features and possibly something that can display my name and a contact number on the lock screen. Any ideas?

  2. doogald

    doogald Extreme Android User

    For the name and contact number on the lock screen, just create a customized image for the lock screen that includes that information in a text box.
  3. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Mobile Defense seems weak since the lock patter, as you stated, can be unlockedd by just tapping it.
    I use Lookout. It can also track your phone, and also has the option for a virus scanner (which you can disable if you dont like), and it will backup your pictures, call history, etc.
    And I found the GPS to be more accurate than Mobile Defense.

    This is from Mobile Defense. Dont know how accurate it is... but it got me to leave my GPS on...

    For the best location accuracy we recommend enabling both Wireless networks and GPS. 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, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Those three constantly try to seek out signals, and thus consume battery power even when they are not used.
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  4. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    how exactly do I go about doing that? lol
  5. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    can I enable the lockscreen remotely with lookout? just downloaded it but I dont see an option for this
  6. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    It is true that GPS is only used when called up by an app. My battery usage is the same whether I have GPS turned on or not.

    I messed with Mobile Defense yesterday, and it was accurate to within 7 feet. Not sure if you can get more accurate than that with GPS. I'll have to check up on being able to beat the lock pattern. If that is the case, it's time for me to check into others.
  7. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    I think he just meant to do something like in Microsoft paint, for example, you can do a simple text with your info and save it as an image. Then set as lock screen wallpaper.
    Of course, you'll probably want to get more creative so it looks nice.

    No. Lookout doesn't have this option and I don't know of any apps that do. But since Mobile Defense's remote lock screen is pretty useless, that's why I recommended Lookout.
  8. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    lol good point, pretty useless feature
  9. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    Okay...just saw this under support:

    Due to security changes implemented in Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake), you must set an unlock pattern then use the browser to disable and enable the lock. Otherwise, the phone will accept any unlock pattern.

    Gonna try this and report back.

    Edit: I got it to work correctly but you have to follow the instructions in the following link to a T. Not sure that the average user would realize this needs to be done.

  10. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    I'm pretty sure I did this and it still unlocked by just tapping it.
    But let us know if it works for you.
  11. jeffyo

    jeffyo Android Enthusiast

    I use wavesecure. Works well. better on root too.
  12. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    It worked for me when I followed the directions in the post above. You have to follow them exactly as written though.

    I'll have to check this one out.
  13. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    just followed the directions to a "t" and works perfectly! I've been keeping my GPS on to see if there was a battery difference, seems to be using no more power than usual. The map is accurate as can be, I did satellite view and it showed a blinking dot on top of my house! hahaha man I almost wish someone would steal my phone just so I could catch them! :D this app is f***ing awesome
  14. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    It's also a great app if you want to keep up with a child or just want to piss off your girlfriend/wife. I was bored one night and decided to activate the alert on my girlfriend's phone. I took an ass beating for that one, and I laughed so hard that I couldn't turn it off. Was worth it! :D
  15. hrbib21

    hrbib21 Android Expert

    My vote goes to Wavesecure. I've used the others but prefer Wavesecure.
  16. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    LOL that sounds fun but unfortunately my girl has a "dumbphone" so there's not much shennanigans to be had
  17. pavirotten

    pavirotten Android Enthusiast

    I've used a number of different apps, but WaveSecure is what I have chosen to be on my Eris.
  18. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Ok, so it'll work even if i dont use the lock pattern on a daily basis? (sorry, i just quickly read the link)
  19. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    Yes, I made sure of that, because I don't want to put in a pattern every time I unlock the phone.
  20. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert


    I think Wave secure is definately what you have been looking for... even though you guys figured out mobile defense.

    It uses it's own lockscreen... and you can put any message on it you like. Which is what you were looking for. By default, it says this on the screen when you lock it: This phone is being tracked. The owner of this phone will get in touch.
    But you can change it and put your personal information for them to contact you.

    And in the event that you know the phone is not coming back to you, then it has a wipe feature.
    It will wipe all your pictures, contacts, etc. Hopefully I'll never need it:eek:

    So far, I'm liking Wave Secure
  21. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    thanks cableguy, i'll give it a shot today!
  22. Familyguy1

    Familyguy1 Android Enthusiast

    Lookout for me, its pretty fast at scanning apps that I just downloaded. Backup works well too.
  23. magicelf

    magicelf Member

    WaveSecure is the best. Switched from Lookout and am glad I did. Way more options.
  24. Houstatlanavegas

    Houstatlanavegas Well-Known Member

    Ok, so i had antivirus and it uh hum f*** up my phone uninstalled and had lookout wasn't bad but after allot of other people the wavesecure might be the best pick we'll see now wont we.
  25. Bing Bong!

    Bing Bong! Lurker

    General question on this topic: Is it necessary to put your defense app (in my case Mobile Defense) on the Ignore List of your Task Killer app (in my case Taskiller Free)?


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