Losing your cell phone or having it stolen from you is a traumatic experience, but being prepared before that happens can make the situation a bit easier to manage. This tutorial will introduce you to several solutions that you can explore to help you find your lost or stolen cell phone.
N.B. These programs must be downloaded onto the device before it is lost or stolen.
If you've lost a Symbian device, Phone Locator could be very helpful.
BlackBerry Protect is a tool that allows you to locate your BlackBerry phone if you ever lose it as well as perform remote actions to secure your data (e.g. lock the phone, wipe all data, etc.). The BlackBerry Protect feature is by default integrated into the operating system of BlackBerry 10 smartphones; for earlier models, you can simply download the application for free.
This free service is accessible in the My Phone section of windowsphone.com. You can access this program from a computer connected to the internet and, from there, perform several remote actions on your phone, including locating your phone on a map, locking the device, and clearing data stored on the phone.
Some antivirus programs do more than just protect you from viruses. With the right program, you will be able to locate your phone, remotely wipe the information stored on the device, and lock the phone to prevent the use of a new SIM card.
One example of such a program, is Anti-Theft by F Secure. This free software allows you to lock your phone remotely, delete data, and retrieve the phone number of any new SIM card inserted in the phone. It runs on Android, Symbian, Windows.
Another antivirus software with these features is Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security. With a subscription to Trend Micro, you are able to remotely wipe data from your smartphone if it is stolen.
Finally, Kaspersky Anti-Virus will block your phone remotely and send a predetermined SMS messages to your phone. You also have the option to erase your data remotely.