Nobody wants to think of their phone getting lost or stolen but the reality is that the possibility exists. Losing your smartphone is a very frightening experience especially since your contact information, personal information, pictures, and possibly even financial data are on there. It’s a treasure trove for thieves and other malcontents.
In order to protect your mobile, find your stolen phone, and protect your data, here is a list of the best anti-theft apps for Android that you can use to lock, recover, or format your Android phone.
- Google Find My Device
Find My Device is Google’s anti-theft app, and one of Android’s best built-in security options. It lets you remotely lock your phone, sign out of your device, and wipe its contents. You can also see your phone’s location on a map and call it via the accompanying app. If you lock your phone remotely, you can write a lock screen message that your device will display permanently until you disable it.
The Find My Device feature is enabled by default, but it’s wise to check that you haven’t accidentally turned it off. To check the status of Find My Device, go to Settings > Google > Security and tap on Find My Device. Slide the toggle at the top of the window into the ‘On’ position if the feature is not active.
- McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee is most well-known for its anti-virus apps, but the company’s Android app also includes anti-theft features, meaning it’s a one-stop-shop for all your security needs. Specific anti-theft features include device lock security, a thief cam, and app uninstallation protection. If someone enters the wrong PIN code three times, the phone will lock itself until you enter the master password, and take a snapshot of the perpetrator.
McAfee Mobile Security also has a find my phone feature. You can see your phone on a map, sound an alarm remotely, and get step-by-step location tracking. The app is available for free.
- Where’s My Droid
Where’s My Droid offers a free version and a paid plan. In the free version, you can locate the device via GPS, ring it, set a passcode, wipe the SD card, perform a factory reset, and get an alert when someone changes the SIM.
The premium plan adds more features such as taking photos remotely, snapping a picture when someone tries and fails to unlock the phone, geofencing, passive location tracking, uninstallation prevention, and multi-device support.
- Prey Anti-Theft
Prey is an app that’s been around for a while that many people trust. Its entire purpose is to help you find your phone if it goes missing. It has basic features like finding your phone, locking your device, and setting off an alarm. You’ll also be able to take pictures to see where your device may be and gather network information to see where your device has been. It’s not all that different from Google’s Find My Phone and may function well as a backup to that. It’s also completely free.
Other Ways to Protect Your Android Device
Anti-theft apps are just one part of keeping your Android device secure. You also need to make sure that the apps you’ve installed respect your privacy, that all firmware and operating system updates are installed, and that all the apps on your device with sensitive material are password protected.
Once you’ve set up your anti-theft software, you need to make sure you don’t trigger it if you ever forget your own passcode.
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