More people are taking the recovery of stolen phones and tablets into their own hands with the help of an increasing number of anti-theft applications that do everything from tracking a phone’s location to recording audio and photos of the thief who nabbed the device.
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There are dozens of anti-theft applications offered in the Google Play store for Android devices and the App Store for Apple products. Most are free, but some cost up to $14.99.
Common features of many applications include the ability to:
- Locate your device through geolocation
- Lock the device
- Trigger a loud alarm remotely
- Display a custom alert message on the screen
- Gather information on the network the device is connected to
- Wipe the internal memory and SD card
- Detect when a new SIM card is inserted and prevent the use of unauthorized SIM cards
- Record audio from the microphone
- Take photos from the front or rear camera