We managed to secure two of the steps shown above and in the case of the other two; Users can take the precaution necessary to avoid this situation.
Our app doesn’t only secure the first step a thief takes; it also blocks another very important step: when it removes your SIM Card
Another way of disabling a phone that is turned on is by removing the inserted SIM card.
We developed another feature called SIM Card Extraction Alert, which will trigger a loud alarm whenever someone extracts the authorized SIM Card.
By doing this, any stranger that removes your SIM card will activate an uncontrollable alarm that will make any thief throw away your phone.
This feature works when the Power Lock screen is activated, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll trigger an alarm just by changing the SIM at any given moment.
Is good to remember that whenever you suffer a phone theft or lose important devices, you should always go to your local Police Station and file a report for the missing or stolen item.
Most Police Departments are very competent in searching and recovering stolen phones but you need to report it with the proper information that will allow them the retrieve it.
This normally includes your device information (IMEI
, Serial Number, etc…), place, date and time where the theft occurred or when you noticed that your phone was missing. Send a copy of this report to your email so you have a duplicate in case of lose.
Please note that it is not the same to report a phone theft than the loss of it.
When you file a theft report, you assume someone stole it from you, different from losing it where you state that, for example, you left it on a taxi or a bus. You’re not implying that someone took it away from you.
Remember that stealing is a felony and accusing someone of doing it without having done it might constitute defamation.
SECURITY TIP: Always write down the information about your phone, especially the IMEI (Model, Serial Number, etc.). You can also find your IMEI number by dialing *#06# and press call. Having this information will allow you to identify properly your device in case of filling a stolen phone report in the Police Station. These elements can be found under the “Settings > About Phone” screen. Copy those values and send them to your email with a title that you could easily find in case you need to search for it (e.g: My Phone Information”).
But don’t make the mistake to think that if you have your IMEI, you will find and recover your phone.
The truth is that is very difficult to recover your phone since thieves are using “flashers” to change the IMEI
number and once this is done, is almost impossible to find it.
If you’re looking at how to protect your privacy and personal files from strangers, you should take every precaution to prevent an eventual theft.
Combining preventive measures with post-event apps is what you should aim for.
This way you’ll have features that will interfere with any burglar intention to steal your phone and in the event that it takes it away, use Find My Phone or Kill Switch to track your device location or erase your personal information.
Blocking the power button is important but only one step in the race to prevent smartphones theft.
And you, have you ever lost your phone? Did you suffer any fraudulent charge or identity theft? What scenarios do you think we’re not protecting against theft? Let us know what do think!