Remotely Erase Data From Your Stolen Phone using Lookout

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stolen mobile phonesHave you ever had your phone lost or stolen? Well, what do you do after you are finished panicking? You start to think about everything that you lost — what someone could do with the data you have on your device and wonder where it could be.

Up until now, all of the apps that allowed you to remotely track your device or even remotely erase all the data on it cost money (except for this other one called MobiWee).

Now I found a free application called Lookout that allows you to backup your data, track your phone, make your phone remotely “Scream”Âť or even erase all the data on it. Lookout works with Windows Mobile, Android and Blackberry mobile phones. As an added bonus, they throw in a anti-malware application, anti-virus application and a backup (remote) utility on your mobile device to keep it nice and secure.


To start, you need to download the application to your mobile device. Start here.

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Click on the big yellow button that says ‘Free Download’. That will take you to a page where they will ask you what country you are in in addition to your mobile phone number.

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You can also just visit m.mylookout.com on your device. This is what the text message looks like. As you can see, it is just a link to http://mylookout.com/m.

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When you arrive at the mobile page for myLookout, you will see a list of operating systems. You may have to scroll down the page to find it.

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Then when you’ve located your operating system, click on the link to download the myLookout application. You can see the example below shows the Windows Mobile download link:

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Then when you are asked where to install the application, I recomend using the internal or device storage for optimal performance. If you have a fast MicroSD card then you can install it to the storage card. I opted to install it to my device. It will use a little more than 1MB of storage space.

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Once the application is installed on your mobile device, you will see a warning telling you to make sure that you have an unlimited network data connection. Remember going over your allotted plan can be very expensive so tread with caution.

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Your device will then need to be restarted. When it comes back up, you will be prompted to create a new myLookout username and password or you can use an existing account if you have one.

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After logging in, you can choose which components to enable. Your options are Anti-Virus, Firewall and Data Backup. I chose all three.

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If you choose to include data backup, you will see a sub-menu after you hit OK, asking you which components to backup. They include:

  1. Contacts
  2. Pictures
  3. Documents
  4. Call History
  5. SMS Messages
  6. Audio
  7. Video

When you are done, all your functions will be enabled and you should see a screen like this:

Now we are ready to use the website to track down my device. Let’s see how it works. Log in using the same username and password you set up earlier.

You can view anti-virus activity, data backup files and the most interesting component is the missing device: find my phone link.

After clicking on it you can locate your device on a map, make it emit a LOUD scream or delete all the data on the device. You are allowed to back it up again remotely before wiping it as well.

Let’s see how well the locate command works. Below, you can see I hit the locate button on the upper left hand side of the interface.

In about 2 minutes, it located me almost precisely on a map inside a building 14 stories up.

All in all this is an awesome free application. And it will be awesome as long as it remains free!

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mariagrafs

This article is worth book marking as it is useful for many

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Helnes

I prefer Wavesecure rather than Lookout. It is less battery consuming and you can make it impossible uninstall with the help of an extra little download. The drawback is that you now need to pay an annual subscription fee. It’s US $ 19.90. User’s who got it before they started charging hard $$$ for it can still use it free forever (fortunately I did)

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Nat Jay

Wavesecure seems to work only with selected phone types in my country. MyLookout caters to a broader set of platforms and is the need of the hour… specially given the number of phones that get lost or stolen in the city.

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Jhar

WaveSecure is definitely better… been using on 3 different phones when i switched from nokia to HTC

@nat jay – thats strange, coz they provide for all smartphones (at least mnore than lookout) Did u check here: https://www.wavesecure.com/supported-phones.aspx

(heh sorry am a fan because i beta for them and have a free account, so i am slightly biased, but i swear its worth paying for and i will if i had to. lucky i dont. =p)

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Jhar

WaveSecure is definitely better… been using on 3 different phones when i switched from nokia to HTC

@nat jay – thats strange, coz they provide for all smartphones (at least mnore than lookout) Did u check here: https://www.wavesecure.com/sup

(heh sorry am a fan because i beta for them and have a free account, so i am slightly biased, but i swear its worth paying for and i will if i had to. lucky i dont. =p)

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Vasu

If Lookout is installed on the SD card, does it still work if the card is removed?

I think WaveSecure handles that part of it really well. They don’t allow installation on the SD card for that very reason. Otherwise, the thief just needs to remove the memory card and the phone is unlocked and not traceable.

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Vasu

If Lookout is installed on the SD card, does it still work if the card is removed?

I think WaveSecure handles that part of it really well. They don’t allow installation on the SD card for that very reason. Otherwise, the thief just needs to remove the memory card and the phone is unlocked and not traceable.

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