Your mobile devices are an investment. The information on them — from messages and photos to personal information and passwords — is invaluable. Whether you’re concerned about someone reading your messages when you step away from your cell phone or you’re worried that someone will walk away with your mobile device, don’t make it easy for them.
Check out these apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to help keep your phone and personal information secure. Depending on the app, you may also help identify the thief.
Anti-Theft Apps/Functions for iPhone and iPad
Find My Phone, by Apple – Remotely locate and lock your iPhone or iPad, then view a map with directions to locate your lost or stolen device. Lost Mode displays a contact number and locks your device (or, if you prefer, sounds out a very loud tone, even if your volume is turned down). Still don’t feel secure? Remotely erase all of your data. Note that the use of your GPS tracking is a battery-eating monster, and that if your iPhone or iPad doesn’t have the cloud function activated, Find My Phone won’t work unless the WiFi is connected.
SecureIt, by Security Coverage, Inc. – Essentially, it’s very similar to the Find My Phone function, with one big difference: Security Coverage offers US-based support by chat, email, or phone. The find feature uses your iPhone’s GPS to locate your phone in the event that it’s stolen or lost. Remotely wipe all of your personal information to keep it from identity thieves. An optional upgrade provides a child safety function and secure browser function.
Motion Alarm, by Crowded Road – Set the alarm sound you wish to alert you, the sensitivity level of the device, and anyone who picks up your cell phone is in for an embarrassing surprise. Set it and know that if anyone messes with your phone while you’re powdering your nose, they’re going to have some explaining to do.
Anti-Theft Apps for Android
Anti-Theft, by Avast – Keep your personal data safe when your phone is out of sight. If lost or stolen, your cell can be tracked, and your personal info wiped. Control anti-theft properties through the web or SMS. When it’s activated, the app goes into stealth mode so thieves don’t even know it’s there. An optional Premium Pack takes it one step further by helping you identify who’s got your phone: after three failed login attempts, your phone is locked and the device snaps a photo.
Anti-Theft Alarms – Head to the Google Play Store for dozens of apps, all armed with sounds and/or pin-controlled lock screens set to activate if someone moves your phone when you leave the room.
Cerberus Anti-Theft, by LSDroid – Just as the three-headed dog of myth and legend guards the underworld and its secrets, so does this app protect your phone and the personal information stored on it. Remotely shut down any theft by locking your phone, tracking it, reading any messages sent or received on it, and disabling attempts to circumnavigate the program.
While it’s hard to prevent snoopers and thieves from making off with your expensive mobile devices and/or perusing the data on it, it is possible to make it more difficult for them to do so.