Being able to remotely wipe your phone's data is a handy feature and, in conjunction with Android's Device Protection, can make your phone all but useless to a would-be thief. I say "all but" useless because there's always the possibility of a workaround or a deep compromise of your account information that could let a thief into your device in an extreme scenario. Granted, almost nothing can claim to completely eliminate the risk of data theft once your accounts are compromised, but there are steps that can be taken to at least mitigate the damage, even if just long enough to get back control of your stuff. Read More
Prey Anti-Theft is far from a newcomer to the mobile security scene, and the service offers a few advantages over competing offerings, as it can track and monitor laptops in addition to mobile devices. But it's definitely late to the game when it comes to its latest feature - the option to finally wipe stolen Android devices remotely.
Prey can now remotely erase both your device's internal storage and its SD card. Of course, it will also wipe itself in the process, preventing users from tracking a device after pulling the trigger. Therefore, it's a weapon of last resort.
This feature is available only for pro users. Read More
There's a new Google Play Services app in town, and it includes all kinds of goodies for developers. But there's a nasty surprise waiting inside Google Play Services 4.0, at least for users on some devices: it may have disabled the Android Device Manager's permission to act as a Device Administrator. This is what allows users to access the new remote lock and device wipe features from the web... which some of them might not realize they can no longer do.
It's a simple fix: just check the version number of your Google Play Services app (it seems to be affecting both 4.0.30 and the slightly newer 4.0.31), then check the Device Administrators section of your Security settings page. Read More
The developers at CyanogenMod never seem to sleep these days. After publishing the first Android 4.3 nightlies a few weeks ago, the long-promised CyanogenMod Accounts feature is being enabled on new builds starting tonight. This adds an option for an official CyanogenMod account in the Accounts section of the Settings page (right next to Google, Facebook, Dropbox, et cetera). Users can create a new CyanogenMod account right from their phones or tablets and access it from the official Account page on the CyangenMod website.
What does a CyanogenMod account do for you? It lets you locate your CM-equipped device remotely with a "find my phone" function enabled on the website. Read More
Less than one week ago, Google announced the Android Device Manager, a native way to locate or ring your Android device directly from within a browser. A day later, a few ADM options started showing up in the Google Play Services app. Today, ADM is completely live and ready to use.
While locating and ringing your devices should be enabled by default, remotely wiping them requires the feature to be activated within Play Services. Past that, it's pretty cut and dry – head here in your browser to give it a shot. Read More
Lookout Mobile Security, a free Android app that secures your device from viruses in addition to backing it up and allowing you to remotely locate it, yesterday launched a premium service that we've been expecting for a while. The Premium version is offered as an optional upgrade to a fully functional free base version for an annual fee of $29.99 or a monthly fee of $3. That's a pretty hefty price to charge, especially since regular, free accounts already have access to so many features, so let's take a look at the extras that you get:
- Privacy Advisor protects your privacy.