How to Track & Secure Your Lost or Stolen Phone
Losing your Smartphone is probably the closest you’ll ever get to dying! According to research, in the US, the number of Smartphones doubled during 2013. There is hope.
Recently under voluntary commitment cellular companies like Apple and Samsung pledged to include free “Kill Switch” tools on all their Smartphones sold in the US after July 2015. What is the kill switch? The tool will allow users to shut down their phones from whatever location after they’ve lost them or they’ve been stolen.
Smartphone companies must be condemned for this pledge; it is indeed a step in the right direction. But Smartphones have had tracking devices installed in them for a while now. Manufacturers also have a number of different services that will help you track your beloved Smartphone, including services that will wipe out your data or prevent reuse of your phone it is stolen or lost.
Follow teh brief guide to protecting your data:
Tap the Apps icon.
Find and open Google Settings.
Check the box under the header Access location. If you haven’t synced your Google account with your phone, you’ll have to do that now, before being able to continue
Once you’ve done this, you’ll have to visit the Android Device Manager website and accept Google’s terms
You’ll need to select Setup Lock & Erase.
A box will pop up that asks to message a notification to your phone. Click Send.
Tap the notification on your phone.
Once you select Activate, you’ll be able to remotely wipe your phone’s data, change the screen unlock password, and lock the screen.
All Apple devices come with a tracking app called Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod. If you haven’t enabled this feature though, here’s a brief guide.
You’ll need an iCloud account for this. This is where Apple stores your data.
Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod will work on devices running at least i.OS 5. i.OS 7 is by far the “safest” version; it offers more security features.
Go to Settings.
Go to iCloud and enter your Apple ID.
Scroll down until you see Find My iPhone, and swipe the toggle to turn it on. When a confirmation message pops up, tap Allow.
Windows Phones have a built-in app called Find My Phone to help you track them; you’ll need to make sure you have a Microsoft account before you enable it.
On your desktop, go to windowsphone.com. Sign in with the same account you use to sign in with on your phone.
In the upper-right corner of the screen, hover your mouse over the phone to bring up a drop-down menu, and then click Find My Phone.
From there, you’ll be able to see your phone’s location on a map, make it ring, lock it, and erase all its data.
If you’d like to adjust this feature’s settings, you’ll need to access the Find My Phone app on your phone via your App list.
From there, tap the Settings square and then select Find My Phone.
6. You’ll be offered two options: Send apps to my phone using push notifications (not SMS) and Save my phone’s location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find. I’d recommend enabling both of these. The first because, as a default, the Find My Phone services texts commands to your phone. Switching that to push notifications will be cheaper, faster, and less limiting. The second will automatically store your phone’s location every couple of hours in case its battery dies while it’s lost. This can be a life-saver, because batteries die a lot.
BlackBerry phones have a tracking feature called BlackBerry Protect and just like all the other operating systems, you’ll need to have a special BlackBerry log-in to link your phone.
To add a device that’s running BlackBerry OS to your Protect account, swipe down from the top of the home screen.
Tap Settings → Protect.
Turn on BlackBerry Protect.
From there, you’ll be able to see the current location of your precious phone on a map, make the device ring, add a message on your home screen, lock your phone and reset its password, and wipe your device altogether.