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Anti-Theft Software for Mobile Phones

After writing the article about Locate PC, a utility that sends information like the IP address on a daily basis I was wondering what the state of the art of the anti-theft software for mobile phones would look like. I'm just guessing but it's probably true that mobile phones get stolen more often than notebooks, probably due to sheer numbers but also because they are smaller and easier to steal.

I was surprised that a very effective way of dealing with mobile phone theft was already available. All of the applications that I took a look at support sending a SMS whenever the SIM card of the mobile gets changed. The SMS will contain information about the new phone number and, depending on the software and phone, other relevant information like GPS coordinates.

This makes it very easy to track down your mobile phone with the help of law enforcement agencies who simply contact the phone company asking them to reveal name and address of the person behind the new phone number.

Most anti-theft software is not free unfortunately and I was only able to find two free ones that unfortunately work only on selected mobile phones:

mGuard

mguard anti-theft

mGuard is a anti-theft software for Sony Ericsson phones and provides a way to send an SMS to another mobile phone whenever the SIM card gets changed. It operates silently in the background and it should be very hard to spot. Even if the thief spots the application the SMS has already been send out.

Guardian

guardian

Guardian is a advanced anti-theft software for Symbian S60 devices. It starts automatically when the mobile phone is turned on and checks the SIM card in the process. A SMS will be send containing information about the new phone number, GSM cell ID, country ID and current network). The current user will not be notified about the SMS and it will not appear in the logs or send SMS folders.

Guardian will automatically switch to invisible mode when a SIM card is entered that is not authorized which makes it impossible to access the application. It also comes with a hard reset protection that protects the application when the user performs a hard reset which basically means a return to the default phone settings. (works 90% of the time according to the developers)

Users who donate money to the project, from €3 to €500 get a few extra features. The remote control plugins sound very interesting. Once an unauthorized SIM card has been placed in the phone it is possible to send remote commands to the phone to

  • Recover your sms and your Phonebook's contacts from your stolen mobile
  • Gain informations about the thief, monitoring his activities like sent and received sms, incoming and outgoing calls, phonebooks contacts added
  • Track the movements of your mobile, using the gsm cell-id localization
  • Protect your Privacy deleting contents from your stolen mobile (sms, contacts, images, videos, audios)
  • Lock your Phone or your SIM to avoid anyone using it

This version can also store up to ten different SIM cards that are authorized which is great if you happen to change SIM cards every now and then.

Guardian is a pretty sophisticated tool and I would definitely recommend to donate to get the additional features.

Now of any other free tools for mobile phones that add anti-theft protections to them ? Let me know about them please.





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    Comments

    1. Geoff said on May 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm
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      Here is new one for Series 60 3rd Edition phones.
      http://www.guardian-mobile.com/default.aspx
      Comes in 3 versions
      Guardian is compatible with all the devices Series 60 3rd Edition and above:
      Nokia: 3250, 5500, 5700, 6110, 6120, 6121, 6124, 6290, E50, E51, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, E90, N71, N73, N75, N76, N77, N80, N81, N81 8Gb, N82, N91, N92, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8Gb

    2. Martin said on May 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm
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      That’s actually the same application that I have described ;)

    3. Geoff said on May 18, 2008 at 8:14 am
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      Yes thats why I wrote new one for Series 60 3rd Edition phones.

    4. Ken said on May 27, 2008 at 8:34 am
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      Most of these freebies do not work with US carriers, as they need to be certified by them as well as signed in order to function on the hand sets. There is software such as GadgetTrak PhoneBak that is certified by AT&T for Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Sony Ericsson, it costs $24 for the life of the device and it won’t void your warranty.

    5. Marco said on August 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm
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      It’s not true, these software just send and receive normal text sms, the carrier doesn’t know what software is installed in the device.

      Try it by yourself, Guardian Free Edition doesn’t cost any money! ;)

    6. Pat Austin said on December 24, 2008 at 5:58 pm
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      How do I get one of these programs for my Moto Q9H and omnia? Thanks… :-)

    7. Prasi Abui said on January 11, 2009 at 6:54 am
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      I am using the phonebak bought in dubai and can use anywhere i travel.

    8. RANGA said on February 11, 2009 at 3:19 am
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      tyhththtyhtyt

    9. Smarteel said on March 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm
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      Yeah software can be used anywhere in the world what is this that only works in USA? Trying to pull a fast one ya’? I like Guardian for my n96, really cool and using aother one for my iphone from bak2u. Both as cool

    10. T.Rajesh said on May 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm
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      Hi,
      I Request u people invent / prepare An Anti Theft software for All Mobile Manufacturers.

      Congrats in Advance

    11. Wife said on May 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm
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      Jealous husbands do use this to track their wifes….protecting against theft…yeah right. It is time for anti-anti theft software I guess…

    12. chandrzeznik said on June 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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      so, it doesnt work @ e63. *sigh

    13. venthan said on November 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm
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      cc

    14. NIKHIL KUMAR said on December 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm
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      IS IT POSSIBLE TO INSTALL ANTI-THEFT MOBILE TRACKER IN MOTOROKR E6E.IF YES,THEN PLZ SENT THE SOFTWARE TO MY MAIL.
      YOURS FAITHFULLY
      NIKHIL KUMAR

    15. steve said on May 18, 2010 at 9:46 am
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      How can i install the software on my Nokia N97.

    16. Shiv Kumar Kaswan said on September 4, 2010 at 5:25 am
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      How can i install the software anti theft mobile trecker and auto call recorder on my sony ericsson T700!

    17. Prashant Gaur said on September 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm
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      how can i do install anti theft traker software in my forme N67 mobile

    18. karthik said on October 3, 2010 at 5:58 am
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      please send the mgaurd software for my mailid

    19. Rakesh said on November 4, 2010 at 7:43 am
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      HAI EVERYONE IS IT POSSIBLE TO INSTALL ANTI-THEFT MOBILE TRACKER IN NOKIA2730CLASSIC .IF YES,THEN PLZ SENT THE SOFTWARE TO MY MAIL.

    20. Anish said on November 13, 2010 at 4:58 am
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      Please mail me the anti theft mobile tracker to my email id

    21. shridhar said on November 25, 2010 at 8:43 am
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      IS IT POSSIBLE TO INSTALL ANTI-THEFT MOBILE TRACKER IN NOKIA2730CLASSIC .IF YES,THEN PLZ SENT THE SOFTWARE TO MY MAIL.

    22. Prince yadav said on December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm
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      Sir

      is it possible to download this s/ware for nokia 2700 plz send it on my id & how it protect our cell plz give me info about it on my id

    23. shimles ajema said on May 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm
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      it is good

    24. venugopal said on May 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm
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      is there any software to find about the theft modile if so please send to my mail id

    25. Jimmy said on March 6, 2012 at 10:02 am
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      i think there are much better software than this
      theres cellsniper and movesecure which are like lifetime for like usd10!

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