Smart Phone Lost or Stolen? Some Apps and Advice
Not just Techies, Nerds or Geeks but the average Jane or Joe have a great deal of their lives to our mobile devices, whether smartphones or tablets such as an Ipad or Kindle Fire. But what do you do if one of these devices is lost or stolen?
- File a police report as soon as possible if stolen and get a case number. Give police your device’s serial number if you have it, but you can provide that information later by following up with your case number.
- If your device is registered with a tracking service, give the police any location pings and other information as it comes in, using your case number. If your tracking service can take photos with your device’s camera, pass those images along to police; even if they don’t show the face of someone using your device, they might provide additional information to help establish probable cause or location. Then, police can initiate a search.Most thieves don’t steal smartphones, tablets, or notebooks to access the owners’ personal information — more often, they want to make quick money selling the devices. Nonetheless, theft victims should change the passwords for all services and apps they use on the device, including email, banking, social networking, app stores, gaming accounts, and online retailers.
Wheres My Droid – Is one of the Popular free app in Google Play Store to recover and track lost android phones. It has lots of features like remotely lock device, remotely wipe data, notification of changed SIM card or phone number, find phone by making it ring/vibrate, find phone using GPS location and more. You can actually Wipe the data from your phone for further protection.
Find My iPhone – This FREE app allows you to use another iOS device to locate your missing iPhone on a map, protect your private data, display a message, play a sound at full volume (for few minutes) even if your missing iPhone was set to silent, and remotely lock your device.
DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY TO RECOVER THE PHONE YOURSELF WE RECOMMEND CALLING THE POLICE WITH THE LOCATION OF THE DEVICE.
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