Anti-theft software for cell-phones
By Petlee Peter
Own an expensive hi-end mobile phone? Petrified of losing it?
Police recently tracked down a mobile theft - a rare occurrence – but the moral of the case was it was better to be safe than sorry.
J. Vikram works as a Security Engineer with a top software firm in Chennai. A few months ago, Vikram lost his brand-new Nokia N 70 mobile phone. He registered a police complaint and in just two days the handset was back in his pocket. It was not just the swift action of the Cyber Crime Cell of the city police but it was Vikram’s prudence that gained him back his handset.
The ‘saviour’ was Guardian 2.1, a free mobile antitheft software installed in the phone. “The software when installed on the phone will ask for your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) along with area code and a nominated mobile number to pass on automatic SMS alert when your handset is lost and used by someone else,” Vikram says.
Apparently, Vikram had nominated his sister’s mobile number. When his mobile got stolen and every time a new SIM card was inserted, the Guardian software in the phone started working. And as a result, Vikram’s sister got the warning message on her phone from the illegally inserted SIM.“Immediately I alerted the cops and they nabbed the culprit and got back my phone,” Vikram adds. The interesting element about the anti theft software apart from being free to download is that its presence inside the mobile phone can’t be detected.
Vikram is one of the few who managed to retrieve his mobile phone. According to M. Sudhakar, Assistant Commissioner, City Cyber Crime Cell, nearly 700 cases of missing mobile phones were registered with the city police last year. “But the recovery rate is 50 percent. People buy expensive mobile phones but don’t know how to safeguard them. A simple installation of an anti-theft software can prove effective when the handset goes missing,” stresses Sudhakar.
There are a number of mobile anti-theft softwares apart from Guardian, which can be downloaded to guard your expensive high end mobile phone. Sudhakar recommends softwares that primarily feature the following three options: a) Two mobile numbers can be nominated to receive alert SMS in case of loss of the phone b) Locks the stored data when a new SIM is inserted c) Exports all stored data to the nominated mobile numbers.
“High-end mobile phone users must make use of these softwares. In case of theft or loss of the handset, the software inside makes the police investigation less time consuming. The culprits can be nabbed quickly and in turn increases the percentage of recovery,” Sudhakar adds.
So if you own a high-end expensive handset, it is high time you protect it with some advanced technology that is easily accessible on the internet.
Mobile phone anti theft software Guardian 2.1 can be downloaded for free from http://www.download.com/guardian/3000-11138_410612972.html or http://www.symbian-toys.com/ or http://www.symbian-toys.com/
Anti-theft softwares works well on Nokia models like the 6600, 7610, 6630, 6670, N 70, N 72, N 80, N 93, N 95 and also on a few models of other mobile makers.
Virtual Mobile Security (VMS) suite from Mumbai-based Innova Technologies is also an anti-theft software that would lock up the phones in case of unauthorised SIM card change or if the owner sends a text message alert to the culprit. The password-protected software would literally render the handset useless to anyone but the owner.
It would also forward the new SIM card number, the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of the handset and the cell phone number of the new user via an SMS to a mobile phone nominated by the user.