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The Android Device Manager might get the basics taken care of, but Cerberus goes a few steps farther. It's a powerful security suite with features like SIM locking, device alarms, remote lock, remote wipe, remote picture taking, and location tracking. It would usually cost you €2.99 (about $4) for a lifetime license, but it's free for the next day in celebration of the app's third birthday.

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Cerberus has robust functionality on standard devices, but it can also take advantage of root access to move to the system partition so it persists between device resets. The new feature added in v2.5 is Radar Mode, and it's pretty ingenious. If you use GPS to track down your lost phone to, say, someplace inside a building, Radar Mode can get you the rest of the way there. It toggles the hotspot on for the lost device, then uses the signal strength to guide you in the right direction.

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If you like free stuff, all you need to do is log in with a new account during the promotion. The upgrade happens automatically, but you have to take advantage of this deal today before 6AM GMT on April 26th – that's 11PM PDT on the 25th.

[+Cerberus – Thanks, Sruly]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Sruly J

    For anyone wondering, once you register, you'll automatically get the free license, and an email at the same time (like the one attached, but different, because I called dibs on this one :P )

    • pam852

      My Uncle Caleb just got red Ford Focus ST
      by working off of a computer. try this C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

      • Sruly J

        And on other posts, your imaginative uncle got other cars. >_<
        Tell him to take one of the cars and run over all your electronics so that you can't post this garbage.

  • Aleksey_US

    Umm the app which was hacked and exposed usernames and encrypted passwords... I'll pass. Their reputation for security has been ruined, they can keep their free licenses.

    • Sruly J

      I know it's a terrible comparison, but think about everything that got exposed because of heartbleed. You'd stop using any affected services even though they offered protection? And yes, I get the point you're making. I only did this as a last resort.

      • Peter

        They got hacked way before heartbleed...

        • Sruly J

          I know. I'm using that as an example of not focusing too much on being hacked. That nothing is secure.

  • B_I_T

    now say free for 1 week ? Thats a trial :(

    • IcerC

      They send two emails.
      "Please open Cerberus on your device and log in to access the app settings, you should not see the "Buy license" option anymore. This means that the lifetime license for your account is active."

      • WhyDoesEveryUserAlreadyExist

        Nope. 1 email.. Free trial. Also no mention of this offer on the app page or the website.

        It ran just long enough so they could get a free advert on AP.

        • Droiden

          I just downloaded the app and made a new account, and i got a mail saying that I now have the pro version.

    • Rosh

      I agree with B_I_T. I got a second mail which states my free license is for a week.

  • Stev

    Thanks for the hint AP! Couldn't be bothered to buy the license after the trial.

  • trickytree1984

    I deleted this after they got hacked

  • FknTwizted

    So what all does this app offer other than anti theft?

    • Sruly J

      In a nutshell, that's pretty much it.

  • El_Pianista

    Excellent!

  • Karan

    What about existing users? Do they get radar mode too? Because I don't see it in mine.

    • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

      It's for new users only.
      Delete old account > Sign up a new account with your secondary email address > Change email address on new account to your primary email address.

      • someone755

        No. 1 reason why you don't every buy apps that might go free (or F2P) one day. Just like Asphalt 8. >:D

      • s_bomb

        That makes no sense, what are you basing this statement on? The changelog for version 2.5 mentions new Radar mode, how/why would they isolate a new feature to (non-paying) new users?

        • Danny Lewis

          Everyone gets Radar Mode. From what I can tell, it isn't something that you can turn on/off. When you tell Cerberus to Start Tracking and it doesn't have a good GPS fix, it will turn on your Wi-Fi to narrow it down more. I just tried it with my Wi-Fi off and Cerberus turned Wi-Fi on to get a better fix on my phones position because initially it had it a half mile away.

        • umataro42

          I wasn't clear on that either, but I found an answer in their forums. You also have to install the Client Cerberus app, which makes use of the new radar feature. It's for when you're using another device to locate the one you lost.

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lsdroid.cerberus.client

    • Andrew

      Did you update to the newest version in the Play Store?

    • Danny Lewis

      From what I can tell, it isn't something that you can turn on/off. When you tell Cerberus to Start Tracking and it doesn't have a good GPS fix, it will turn on your Wi-Fi to narrow it down more. I just tried it with my Wi-Fi off and Cerberus turned Wi-Fi on to get a better fix on my phones position because initially it had it a half mile away.

  • mauric

    After playing mass effect, I just cannot trust that name anymore.....

  • Iván Lozano

    I remember when AppGratis came out like 2 years ago they offer this app and since then I have the license and never have a problem not even the hacked situation

    • Sruly J

      In fact, if you go to the Play Store listing, the 2nd pic shows the Cerebus offer lol

    • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

      I also got my free license 2 years ago :) via AppGratis

    • DirkBelig

      I got it from AG last June, so no hassles having to create another account.

    • thelionk

      What the hell is AppGratis and how can they afford this?

      • Sruly J

        Look it up in the Play Store

  • Bienve Pesca Cuandoledejalapar

    I can't get it free. I must pay :-(

  • Alex M

    Is anyone else having an issue signing in to the app? I've created my account & got the email re the free licence, but the app doesn't seem to recognise my data connection.

    • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

      that's probably because you are inserting username or password incorrect.
      I also noticed same error but then I also noticed that I was using my email address for username.

      • Alex M

        Yep, that's exactly what I was doing - thanks!

  • http://www.radioshak.co.uk Shakil Shaikh

    Where do you register new accounts? I only see a log in page.

    • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

      From app itself. You will have to install app from play store.

      • http://www.radioshak.co.uk Shakil Shaikh

        Yes, I just see a log in page. Does this mean I've already registered previously?

        • jj14x

          Try the "forgot password" link

  • Niall Murray

    Iv had cerberus for over two years now. I've never actually had to use it, but then again I've never had to use my fire extincteur either. Its a solid app.

    • Anonymous

      You've never had to use a dictionary as well

      • s_bomb

        Hey, while you've got your dictionary out, can you look up the definition of "ignorant"? Asking for a friend...

      • Niall Murray

        That's called a typo mate. Look it up in the dictionary.

      • John Smith

        you've made my Friday morning better (+5 Internets)

    • dude

      I had to use it once, I lost my phone for a moment when it feel under my car seat. But it's still going to be useful if something happen.

  • Any a

    Yeah, it's really strange because I also received two e-mails: the one saying "Hi and welcome to Cerberus!
    Your username is: _______
    Your free trial will expire on: 02 May 2014", and following another one "The license for your "_______" Cerberus account has been activated for free!
    Please open Cerberus on your device and log in to access the app settings, you should not see the "Buy license" option anymore. This means that the lifetime license for your account is active."

    Whcih one is true, all in all?

    • Me

      i assume they both are... the first one is the normal one then the second one is only sent this weekend

      • Any a

        Hope so! Thanks :-)
        At least, I don't have BUY LICENSE option in settings...

  • aa

    Only lasts until early May.

    • Steve Freeman

      No, that's the trial email. The second email tells you the license was activated.

  • Anil Kumar

    unable to create account. getting an error to read the licence. i've read it completely but still the same error. any help?

  • John Smith

    i think these guys are based in Russia. no thanks. i'll stick with Lookout.

    • hazza

      Italian.

  • Lamm

    Wow, their servers are slowing down. I'm having a hard time registering.

  • Mrtito32

    Been a user for over 2 years, can't see an option to register a new account anywhere. Even tried uninstalling.

  • miharkula

    Who can trust an app with as many permission requirements as this one?

    • Danny Lewis

      It needs those permissions to work. Just look at the feature list. How else do you expect it to do anything?

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Their app design is quite minimal and beautiful. I specially liked the "Read till end of T&C before agreeing" toast. But why is their website soooo, ahem, barebone?

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