Are We Having Phone Yet?

By Ron Benvenisti. You might recall that in a Scoop article not so long ago a stolen phone was retrieved by the LPD. If you’ve been following the news this week you’ve probably heard that cops have been using an iPhone app to find stolen phones. This makes life easier for the police because they don’t have to go through the cell provider in order (as in court order) to get the location of the phone. All they need is the victim’s permission. Well the buzz in the news was that now iPhone owners can download the app called “Find My iPhone” from the Apple iTunes/App store. To be honest, this isn’t really news as the app has been around for over a year and a half. To be sure it has improved a lot since it was first introduced and the news is all over it because the NYPD has been using it with great success lately. But as the proverbial saying goes, don’t try this at home! Let the police do their job and stay out of danger. On that note read on because android users can have some fun until the cops get there.

Android users have no worries because there is an app for smart-phones and tablets available from Kor.Im (the dot “im” stands for the Isle of Man, a quaint island off the coast of Ireland). Once your set up all you have to do is text “Where” to your phone and back comes its location. You can silently track your phone from the www.kor.im website and not only locate it to within 50 feet but you can even see how fast its moving and in what direction! You can make the phone ring without calling it which is sure to drive the crook nuts. Handy if you’ve misplaced your phone. You can do this from another phone or from the web and the crook doesn’t see the text messages that get the location nor has any idea why the phone is ringing. Word is that there’s a hack that downloads a ringtone that says “Hmmm, YOU’RE BUSTED!

Kor.Im is unlike the Android anti-virus app Lookout which works only from the web. Lookout has its own neat features like making your phone squeal like a banshee and with the paid version the ability to lock up the phone and erase its data remotely so before the cops can get there you can delete your private info. Locking it up can be less helpful if the crook knows how to boot into “recovery mode”. But that’s another article. In any case even if you “brick” the phone remotely by locking it up, when some savvy crook gets it back on line it will still be right where you want it back on track-ability. So check out the free and premium versions of the “Find My iPhone” or Kor.Im and Lookout for your ‘droid. Hope you never need it but they do offer some peace of mind and if your gadgets ever grow legs at least you have something the cops can go on. You can always use it to locate relatives who need to be located or you can just make the phone ring to look busy. Lookout’s phone screamer is pretty loud and is sure to give the crook a rise!

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