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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starting today you can access this functionality through stock android and Google apps at https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager. Once you set it up, you will be able to remotely delete all your data from the device, and locate it on Google maps. Remote locking and changing the lock-screen are also listed as functionalities available (soon). Note that ...


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You should check out Lookout's Plan B app. It lets you find your phone after it is lost. I would recommend using Seekdroid or Where's my Droid in the future.


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There are such solutions, if your device is rooted. In that case, some anti-theft apps such as Cerberus are able to integrate into the system part (ROM) of the device, so a factory-reset wouldn't help the thief. However: As we are talking about the "clever thief", he will first grab the device, switch it off, take it into some Faraday cage before switching ...


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Android Lost is another app that you can install after your phone has been stolen. Quote from the link: No pre installation required You didn't install AndroidLost on your phone? No problem! You can push the AndroidLost app to your phone from google market and initiate the connection to googles servers by sending an SMS with the message ...


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Have you tried Plan B? You can install it from the market after you've lost your phone and use it to find it's current location. For your next phone, I would recommend Cerberus - I reviewed a bunch of security apps, and it's definitely the clear winner.


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If the data was not encrypted: everything. The data on the removable SD-card can be easily accessed, just like a lost USB-Memory-Stick. The internal flash storage can also be read out via some, admittedly sophisticated but practical possible, approaches. AFAIK no Data that you sync with the Google cloud is encrypted. It's always wise to install some remote ...


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AndroidLost is my personal favorite. I don't know if it can turn the device on, but I know it works for everything else. My favorite feature is the pop-up message you can send that takes a picture with the front facing camera when they click OK. If you don't have access to your phone, install it via the market link and login on their site!


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Plan B is from the Lookout people. Plan B is the 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you lose your phone. Plan B is your last resort to find your missing phone. This is the first and only 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you've already lost your phone. Having Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and ...


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There are multiple things which can be done: Device encryption (to assure all your data is stored encrypted) Install anti-theft software (to track and, if necessary, remote-wipe a lost device) Activate Google's Device Manager on your device (and make sure it works, as it not always does) To photograph the "perpetrator", you might want to take a look at ☆ ...


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It is very possible for someone to unlock it, especially with the right skills. Here is what I don't like about pattern unlocks: I once sat next to someone at school who wiped his 'friends' phone screen off, and then waited for him to unlock it. He then stole it and looked at the smudge on the screen to get the unlock pattern. In my personal experience, ...


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There are plenty of apps on Play supporting that already. The first coming to my mind is PAW Server, which allows that and many more things (basically, you can remote-administrate your device via WiFi with this app). Other, similar apps might offer the remote-ring as well. Several anti-theft apps for example.


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This is pretty much what happens if you connect your phone to a corporate MS Exchange server. I think it's possible with other Exchange Active Sync compatible servers that support the Exchange mobile device security policies. If any of the FOSS Exchange/messaging clones currently implement the security policies, then this would all be possible on any ...



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