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Any form of technology used to reduce or prevent an electronic device from being stolen, or to take appropriate actions once it happened.

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Anti theft in public place

I'm looking for a way to know if my phone is out of reach on public transportation. Is there a way to force ring or lock the phone when it is away from me using triggers like TWS or other phones via ...
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Do apps like iMyFone LockWiper actually work?

I recently had my phone stolen and would like to know if I should change all my debit cards and other sensitive info. I want to know if is it possible to actually bypass the default lock screen and ...
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Protect your Android phone from loss or theft

It's an unfortunate fact that the pricey pocket computers we carry around with us at all times are prime targets for thieves—as well as very easy to leave behind in subway cars or on coffee shop ...
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How does Avast Anti-theft Survive a hard reset

So, I came across Avast Anti-theft a few days ago, they flaunt a feature of surviving a factory reset, how is this possible without having root access ? I looked up a few threads and could not find a ...
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Factory reset protection (FRP) verification

I have a Samsung phone with Android 6.0.1. I'd like to know if the FRP is activated. I've been searching on the web for instructions on how to do this. So far I've found instructions requiring the ...
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Sim change alert on galaxy s8?

How do i enable sms alert for sim change on my samsung galaxy s8? I recently jumped from galaxy s3 to s8. S3 had this neat feature called "SIM change alert" where you can enter a few phone numbers ...
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How to create a guest account on Android phones?

I want to create a "phantom account" or "guest account" on my smartphone Android to let other people accessing and using my phone without needing to enter the fingerprint pattern, on the one hand, and ...
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Device update triggers factory reset and completly locks user out

My father made a installed as system update on his huawei gx 10. After the reboot a message stated that the device was factory reseted and that it was necessary to log in with a google account that ...
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Stolen phone - does Android Device Manager's lock override the thief's password?

I'm currently trying it on another phone and it seems that as long as I have a pattern lock set up, the ADM lock screen shows up but the old pattern is requested instead of the remotely set password. ...
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What's the point of anti theft if recovery wipe can clear it?

Seriously how is an anti theft supposed to protect your device? A thief can either just boot in recovery and erase data partition and poof anti theft is gone for good. And with firmware tools like ...
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Is Cerberus capable of surviving phone flashing?

If I install Cerberus on a rooted phone, will it survive flashing the phone?!!
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Why is not flashing process protected by password?

I would like to know why not manufacturers include a protection against flashing recovery or ROM under a password like IMEI, I mean, the devices should be protected via hardware to prevent against ...
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If I rarely turn off my phone, are there any benefits to encryption still?

If it becomes the case that my phone is stolen, I would like to make it as difficult as possible, if not impossible, for my data to be accessed without my permission. I understand that Android has ...
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How to keep GPS turned on (not allowing to switch it off)?

I have bought an Anti-Theft application. The problem is that this application will not work properly if GPS is switched off. So I'm looking for a way to turn on the GPS and never turn it off (i.e. ...
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My Sony Xperia C4 can not Authenticate after a reset

I reset my sony Xperia C4. After that the theft protection appears and asks me to authenticate. When I try to authenticate it says "Sorry Xperia Helper Has Stopped. And I can't authenticate.
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What can be accessed if phone is lost?

If a phone has not had its bootloader unlocked, has not been rooted, has a finger print lock as well as a pin lock if the fingerprint lock doesn't work. How much can a thief access on the phone? Will ...
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Protect from theft at flash level

There are a lot of apps that could block your phone in case of theft, take picture of thief remotely and such, but in case of reset any of this security methods will be useless So I was wondering if ...
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How do anti theft apps deal with the thief simply turning off phones?

https://bestidtheftcompanys.com/2014/top-20-free-apps-to-protect-your-android-device/ There are so many anti theft apps and devices out there, however, all of them can be defeated by a simple trick—...
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How to be sure that you are not tracked with anti-theft software or similar when using tab previously owned by someone?

I have seen the amount of pictures and personal data an anti-theft software can dig on person using a stolen phone. How can one make sure that he is not tracked through similar software when using a ...
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Using Android Device Manager to determine state of stolen device

My phone was stolen over a month ago, during which time I had already sent a lock request to the phone via ADM. The device still appears on my list of 'recently used devices' although it is clear it ...
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Where does the "privacy protection password" come from?

I wanted to insert a second sim card in my Umi phone. From then onwards, it always asks me for this 'privacy protection password'. I can only insert numbers, not letters... so I'm very puzzled about ...
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Will Security apps work even after flashing new rom?

Assume that I have turned on Android Device manager to locate my phone in case of theft, and I also installed some security apps which can send message when someone tries to change the SIM card. ...
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How can I recover contact information from a stolen phone?

My phone got stolen yesterday. The problem is that all phone numbers are in it, and I don't know any numbers now. I tried many different solutions to get my contacts to PC. Google I went into my ...
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Can a screen-locked Android phone be rooted?

By locked I mean a phone that has been locked with a standard PIN code, password or pattern. I'm not meaning to break into somebody's phone, merely wondering to what extent applying any of the ...
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Does encrypting an Android device add any real security benefit over a key-lock?

Would encrypting my Android device make my data any safer in case of theft? It seems to me that since the encryption key necessarily is identical to the PIN code or password used for the key-lock, ...
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Kaspersky Mobile: disable lock

I have Kaspersky Mobile installed. Today I had to reinstall it after installing a new rom. Now whenever I turn on the phone, I have to enter the kaspersky unlock code, which is different from the sim ...
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How to remotely disable MobiUCare from sending "SIM card change" SMSes?

My mother just changed her SIM card. I forgot to disable MobiUCare and I'm about a thousand of kilometers away from the phone. I keep receiving an SMS: SIM card changed. Plz check phone if lost ...
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