If you knew that someone could read your credit cards, passport, and even driver’s license without actually having to swipe them, would you take steps to guard against it?
Anti-theft apps like Lookout, Cerberus, Prey, and Android Lost offer a wide range of options for finding or protecting your device: GPS location, sounding an alarm, locking the phone, wiping the data completely, and more. If you just happened to lose your phone in the infinite folds of your couch, sounding an alarm will help you find it, even if it was on silent. If it’s been stolen, your GPS can be turned on to locate it, allowing you to find the thief. Every Android user should have at least one of these apps installed. But which one?
If you regularly pay by credit or debit/cheque card (and who doesn’t these days?) you should be aware that your card can be cloned. But how is this done, and what types of business are particularly vulnerable to criminals hanging around pinching your card details? Speaking personally, I had a credit card cloned back in 2007 at a popular pizza restaurant chain in the UK – by a member of the serving staff. When I next checked my balance I saw that I had been shopping in Liverpool later that day – a good 100 miles away from where I ate the pizza.
The announcement of the Android Device Manager is sure to be good news for those of us who habitually lose or misplace our phones. Another little feature that allows you to securely wipe all the data in case it has been stolen is God-sent for the security conscious. The Android Device Manager Service will be available later this month on mobiles and tablets running Android 2.2 or above from Google Play.