Bad things happen. Devices got stolen. Maybe you leave your phone on the table in the pub after you’ve had a few. Maybe a sneaky trickster like the one on the right there manages to delicately extract it from your purse. Maybe a stray horse eats it. These things happen. But it’s up to you to prepare for them. You can’t trace your stolen phone after the fact, not easily.
Here’s the thing about mobile and portable devices: since they aren’t tethered to anything, it’s almost too easy to lose them or, worse, have them stolen from right under your nose. I mean, if you really think about it, all somebody needs to do is run past you and grab your phone while you’re using it and they have a good chance of getting away with it. However, with Prey, you’ll never have to worry about absentmindedness or theft ever again.
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?