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You can install Plan B remotely to your phone via the Market's web interface. Plan B was made exactly for this, to get the location of your phone AFTER it has been stolen.


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Four come to mind: Phoning Pigeon Where's My Droid Lookout Mobile Prey Each goes about it in different ways. Phoning Pigeon probably has the lightest touch. You pre-define one or more phone numbers with the app. Then, if the phone receives two consecutive calls from one of those numbers, it will turn the ringer on at maximum volume. Where's My Droid is ...


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EDIT: I now personally use AndroidLost. In addition to everything listed below, there is also an AndroidLost Jupstart app that will launch the service remotely if your phone is already lost without any locating software on it. It's pretty sweet: Read SMS'es Read the latest SMS'es from your phone and send them to your email. Remote control alarm Have you ...


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As long as your phone still has battery power left and is still switched on and connected to the phone networks, you can use one of the phone wiping apps that specifically advertise that they can be remotely installed and used after the phone is stolen. From a quick search of the Android Market, there are PlanB that is designed for this purpose: Plan B ...


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Try Prey for Android. Some features: To trigger it, you send an SMS with specific text (default: GO PREY) Once triggered, starts recording its location to display on your Prey dashboard If "missing" you can put text messages on the screen or cause a loud alarm to be played Here's a recent review: ...


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Yes, its possible, from your desktop PC, go to Play Store, and install AndroidLost remotely to your handset. At this point, a caveat emptor is needed: Provided you have 3G Data switched on, it will remotely install on to the handset and also There is sufficient battery power Read the starting page by visiting the main AndroidLost. Send the text ...


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Instead of entering a password every time you sync or access your mails - which will also be more insecure, because you enter the password often and in public - think about a good screen lock (PIN or Password) and a remote wipe solution. Changing your Google account password is always a good idea in case of a stolen Android device. According to Oleg ...


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In addition to what Flow says, and I think this is a superior solution: Use application-specific passwords The idea here is that you can create an application-specific password for any non web-based application that needs your Google credentials (think Android phones, mail clients, IM clients, etc.) You create a credential for each purpose and use this ...


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For non-rooted phones. Up until 2.1 it is not possible. Regular apps do not have the permission to perform full wipes or factory restores. I believe there are apps that erase your call/sms records and your contacts. Starting with 2.2, it seems Google is granting limited root powers to apps that use Device Administration. It is supposedly a way for ...


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Prey is possibly another option. I don't see a "remote wipe" feature, but there are these two features listed: No unauthorized access Fully lock down your PC, making it unusable unless a specific password is entered. The guy won't be able to do a thing! Keep your data safe Hide your Outlook or Thunderbird data and optionally remove your stored passwords, ...


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Use the Phone function of your wife's phone, to, erm , phone it.


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It's certainly possible to remote-brick a phone. In fact, you might be able to use Tasker in conjunction with Mobile Odin or similar to remotely softbrick a Samsung device by flashing bad firmware after a text message, or something. Of course these devices are also easy to unbrick; to brick them more permanently you'd need to flash a bad bootloader. ...


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Another option: I like Lookout. In addition to tracking/finding your phone, also does virus scanning and backs up data. It doesn't display a message though.


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Changing your google password will prevent the phone from syncing with your google account, but will not remove data already on the device.


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If you simply want to find each other, I would use Google Latitude, included in Google Maps, which allows almost live updates (about every five minutes-ish, usually), and gives all the options of Google Maps, including just a few clicks to see a map or use the built in turn by turn Navigation to find each other. See this similar question for some other ...


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Remote wipe programs like Plan B only work if your phone still has battery and still has a data connection through the internet to download the app, if you'd pre-loaded a program like LookOut then it would work without a data connection but would still need a phone network connection to receive an SMS text message or something like that. If you've blocked ...


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Lookout Premium is another option. It offers the ability to Lock and/or Wipe your device remotely. (Lookout Premium is $2.99/month.)


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Note that having the GPS enabled doesn't (unlike with Bluetooth) drain the battery. The GPS only uses battery when it's active, which only happens when something is trying to use it. I don't know of any app that can enable GPS if it's disabled. For the message however your best solution currently is probably WaveSecure.


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You should also be able to add a lock-pattern that makes it slightly-more-difficult to open the phone


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The problem is that wiping data requires to overwrite it. On todays devices with lots of in-device flash memory and large SD-cards this can take a while - up to several hours. This leaves a lot for the attacker to interrupt this process and try again. Therefore wiping triggered by false login attempts is only reasonable if your data is encrypted. Then you ...


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Bahh! Just found a way to do this! I'm so excited! First, install AndroidLost from the online Google Play Store. this is the app you can use to control/wipe/access info about your lost device, yadayada Give it a little time to install to your device, then install AndroidLost Jumpstart from the online Google Play Store as well This app will wake up ...


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Although difficult to generalize, in a pretty good number of cases, using a lock screen PIN/password is not going to be sufficient to prevent someone from wiping your phone and/or flashing it with a new ROM. It may be an effective enough deterrent to prevent them from accessing your personal data, but there are a few considerations that go along with that, ...


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One open-source remote security app is Prey, although I don't think it does remote wipe.


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Check out a piece of software such as Mobile Defense which gives you remote tracking and wiping of your phone.


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Don't store data on the micro SD card. It's easy to take out and insert into another device.


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With Droid Locator you have the following options : Your Phone sends it's location information in terms of tower info and/or GPS co ordinates as SMS, the moment it detects a change of sim card. ( In essence if someone tries to use your phone after stealing it ) to all the numbers registered in the app as broadcast numbers. Other than this, you can also ...


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Google now provides the "Android Device Manager". It supports: Remote Ring Remote Wipe Remote lock (password change)


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Cerberus can be activated by both it's web service and via text message. If you're rooted, it can be integrated into the system apps and so survive a complete wipe. FYI, NO app will let you track your phone while it's turned off :) It can also turn on the GPS remotely, has real time tracking using Google maps (looks like Google navigation in a web ...


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No, there is no way to track it without having it configured in some way to connect to a wireless source of data. Without a SIM card you can't do that via a service provider and without having the Google account configured (and thus an authentication token that identifies your phone) you can't do it via WiFi (if you have it turned on).


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If that's your scenario ... just call her on her android phone? Maybe she can put you a siren as your personal ringtone.



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