Losing your smartphone to a thief or misplacing it on your own can be painful, and in some cases extremely distressing. With photos, credit or debit card information, passwords and other personal information at stake, it is always advisable to have the Android Device manager set up for your device . That said, you can, in the same breath also consider installing iLock - Anti Theft Lockscreen app for Android, which has the unique capacity to photograph intruders who are trying to access your phone. Let’s take a closer look at how this app can help you protect your smartphone.
Installing iLock - Anti Theft Lockscreen App
After you download the free app from Google Play, open it up. It will ask you to complete all the 5 steps outlined in the screen to complete its setup. First of all, you’ll need to change the Android lock to swipe lock. Click the link and once its completed, tap the Back button to go back to the previous page. In the next step, you must enable GPS. Once again, click the link and complete the process.
The 3rd step involves setting up your anti theft alarm. You long press an alarm option to preview the tune and then tap to select it.
The next step involves enabling the Device administrator for iLock. Tap the link, scroll down to the Device administrator section and tap it. In the next screen, check the iLock option.
Finally, tap the link to setup your PIN and codeword. The PIN number will have to be entered the next time you unlock your screen. Just make sure you never forget your PIN number because there are no password recovery options available here to help you out in case you don't remember the PIN.
The way the app works is that if an incorrect PIN is entered, it will assume that the phone is being accessed by an outsider and will click a picture of the user, who will most likely not be aware that a picture has been taken.
The app includes a set of SMS commands that you can use to locate your lost phone. You can borrow another person’s phone, or if you have an alternate phone, just send an SMS command to the lost phone. If you send the codeword to your phone it will activate the alarm and the phone will play the alarm repeatedly.
If you send STOP codeword, the alarm will be disabled. If you send the GPS codeword you will receive a reply of your phone’s location within 40 seconds. As far as the USB alarm goes, that is intended to keep your phone from being stolen while you charge it.
iLock - Anti-theft Lockscreen does have its unique set of features, but I’m not too sure about how effective those features can be when it comes to anti-theft security. The normal assumption for this to work is that the SIM is still in the phone, but what happens when the intruder removes the SIM?
There’s always the possibility that the phone can be connected to a computer and the personal data accessed. How about instantly transferring the captured photo to a cloud service of some sort, which we can access from a computer? That certainly puts a face to a criminal.
iLock - Anti-theft Lockscreen is available on the Play Store for free. If you are concerned about the security of your device, be sure to give this one a try.