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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by personalt, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. personalt

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    My wife Droid was stolen by one of her 2nd grade students. I am getting updates from Google latitude but she can't match the location with known addrese. I am assuming not much else I can do since no applications were installed in advance other the latitude?
     

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  2. Dimitri

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    Latitude is pretty spot on with the tracking, just pray that the little thief left the gps on and you should be good to go.
     
  3. jeffdlb

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    A 2nd grader! What is world coming to?!? I can't imagine my own second-grade son stealing the teacher's phone.
     
  4. personalt

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    It has been in same spot for two hours I am on way down there to check it out
     
  5. Montpelerin

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    This should be fun!:D

    *grabs popcorn*
     
  6. ddarvish

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    oh this is exciting.. please keep us updated!!!
     
  7. DroidPhan

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    so..... how did it go?
     
  8. Fadelight

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    This is why we need to put pressure on the creators of Home Defense to finish the CDMA version. :mad:
     
  9. The HITMAN

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    I'd tazer the kid...
     
  10. dakoop

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    Lil gangsta gonna pop a cap
     
  11. personalt

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    phone was found.... I was able to us the latitude to get me within a few hundred yards of the building where the kid lived. If we had no idea who took the phone tranglation wouldnt have gotten us close enough as there were three big buildings there. However once we were in the area my wife knew exactly who lived near there. Student who sits in the front row.

    Google maps pointed here which is across the street from Palisades Medical center for those from hudson country area. The building where the phone was in was a few hundred yards away, the one in the background. It wasnt a perfect solution but worked well in this case.

    7636 river road edgewater - Google Maps


    When my wife called the principal to tell her what we figured out she had just gotten a call from the kids parents. The mother had found the phone in the kids backpack and called the school.

    I would have gotten it back anyway but it was a fun hunt..

    That being said... lets turn this into a learning experience for others. It is my understanding their are applications that you can use SMS to turn the GPS on. The kicker is I had downloaded one last night about midnight but didnt get a chance to play with it or install on my wifes phone.

    Can anyone recommend an application that can
    1. Turn on the GPS and report back a more exact position
    2. remote wipe the phone. this was my wifes phone but I am sure if you search my email on my phone hard enough you can find bank account numbers, credit card number etc.. I am sure I am not the only one.

    Can anyone make some recommendations for some apps here?
     
  12. s-one

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    Wow! Good that you got it back.. but certainly a lesson into needing some time of security wipe. I'm subscribing this thread to learn...
     
  13. gthrift

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    I tried GPS tracker last night but GPS has to be on and the app won't turn it on. Mobile Defense is supposed to have some kind of advanced install but I haven't looked into it too much.
     
  14. kabbie_mcfeely

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    Mobile Defence (spelling ???) If not in market try internet.
     
  15. The HITMAN

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    Haha, if I were that kid, I would never be able to look your wife/my teacher in the eye ever again. I'd transfer out of that school immediately! Of course, I'm not some little punk theif, so I don't have any worries!
     
  16. Carl C

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    Try Wavesecure! It's awesome :D

    Only problem is , you must leave GPS on as It can not activate it itself :)
     
  17. personalt

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    This looks great but not yet available on CMDA/Verizon
     
  18. personalt

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    wavesecure seems to support the locking and remote wipe

    I would think a core requirement would be that you can leave the gps off and turn it on remotely. Otherwise normal day to day use will drain that battery fast. but otherwise this looks like a nice program
     
  19. mjschmidt

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    In this thread: http://androidforums.com/android-applications/3244-new-app-timeriffic-well-2.html they are discussing as app called Timeriffic that can turn settings on and off on a schedule. At the moment it doesn't seem to support GPS, but I've asked the Dev if that is a possibility.

    If it could be used that way, you could combine Timeriffic with a tracking app to schedule your phone to "check in" via GPS on a scheduled basis maybe?
     
  20. Fadelight

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    Mobile defense is currently unavailable for CDMA (hence my previous post), but they are working on it. That was the first program I planned on downloading, until I discovered I couldn't.

    And for anyone interested in checking out the program while we wait... or for anyone not on CDMA...

    Mobile Defense: Recover and protect your mobile phone
     
  21. Absolut Zero

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    Good stuff, I would flat out panic if my phone got stolen. Already part of my life to an unhealthy degree.
     
  22. tsaunders

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    I just installed WaveSecure and it's pretty nice.
     

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