Losing your mobile can feel like the end of the world sometimes. It's not just the mobile itself, it's everything that's saved on it, or the SIM, that's the problem. Photos, contacts, and everything else, all gone. Nowadays we go a bit crazy when we lose our phones: we panic about the costs, the trouble of getting all those contact numbers again, all those photos... it's like a small part of us dies.
On your smartphone you've got personal details and all your accounts logged in, direct links to your social networks and emails. You might also use your mobile for work, so there could be confidential information saved on it too, information from other contacts or even the worse case scenario: access to your bank details.
To make the loss of their phone easier to deal with, and better still, to maybe even help you get it back - extremely useful if you happen to have spent all your savings on your smartphone - some clever little security companies have developed a selection of apps that will be your phone's guardian angels.
Here are 5 essential security apps that you really should install right now!
Here's the first you need in order to protect yourself from theft. Download Prey Anti Robos, then sign up as a user. Once logged in, you can find your phone on a map in case it wanders off, or it gets stolen. You can also block it remotely, take photos of the thief, and even send threatening messages. Maybe, just maybe, with this you could get your phone back. It also tracks the movements of the user via GPS... very handy!
Apart from being an interesting app which keeps viruses and malware threats at bay, AirCover Security has a feature that helps us protect your private information in case it gets lost.
It's an extremely easy-to-use app, but you have to open an account first before being able to make use of it. This app lets you locate your smartphone, block it remotely, and even set off an alarm. If you give up the search, and accept its loss, you can protect your data by clearing all private information remotely from the website! Amazing stuff!
Here's a classic for you: Cerberus Anti-Theft, an app which aims to protect you from loss and theft. Cerberus gives users the ability to control a missing mobile in two ways. The first is through cerberusapp.com; the second, is by sending SMS commands from another phone (Cerberus has a list of commands of user-friendly commands).
The app is very easy to use, but setting up all the functions takes a bit of time. You can make backup copies and save them to a cloud, clear all the data (both internal memory and the SD card), keep track of its location or even take a video while in the hands of the thief.
Another great security app: B-Secure Tracker can help you track the GPS location of your mobile. The GPS function has to first be activated if the app is to be of any use. You can set up a geofence, and receive alerts if the phone leaves the designated security zone. You can also activate a remote alarm to find your mobile if it is just misplaced, and down the back of the sofa.
The app has also got lots of other useful functions too, such as taking photos or recording voice clips for up to 10 seconds.
We're sure that no-one will dare touch your phone if you have Anti-Theft Alarm installed. It's a simple but effective alarm that sounds when someone moves your the phone and or disconnects it from the charger.
You can easily choose what sets off the alarm, and the ways to turn it off. If you buy the pro version (free from ads) you can keep the alarm activated even after the phone has been restarted, if the battery is removed and even hide the unlock screen.