Posts Tagged ‘Wipe’

Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

It’s not like the owner can lock it down, after all

Apple Watch Sport

Multiple reports show that the Cupertinian arm candy lacks any sort of remote wipe or locking ability. What’s more, they can easily be wiped and paired with a new phone without knowing the passcode.

As a result, it would be simple for criminals to steal Apple watches from vulnerable fanbois and re-sell the units on the black market, without fear of the devices being locked and rendered useless by their rightful owners.

That’s not true of the latest iPhones. Since 2013, iOS devices have included a feature called Activation Lock that allows their owners to pinpoint their locations, lock them remotely, and optionally wipe their contents. Why Apple chose not to include a similar feature in the Apple Watch is anybody’s guess – especially when its lack of theft-deterrent features has landed it in hot water before.

Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

Google can find your Android smartphone anywhere in the world

Google can find your Android smartphone anywhere in the world

Google has made it easier for Android smartphone owners to seek out the location of their device.

Whether its tucked down the back of the sofa, buried in the garden by the dog or in the pocket of a nasty thief, Google will find it.

All panicked phone owners have to do is sign into Google, type “find my phone” into a Google search and a map will be displayed showing the whereabouts of the misplaced mobile.

Once it has been found, the handset can be called, however it cannot be blocked or wiped to prevent prying eyes from accessing personal data. To do this, users will need to have Android Device Manager installed, and go through the procedure using the app.

However, for those times when a phone has just been “put somewhere safe” (the safest places are always the hardest to find), Google’s method will save minutes, if not hours of frantic searching and fearing the worst.

Apple has a similar ‘Find My iPhone’ service that lets users sign in to iCloud.com to see their missing Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a map.

Read More by Phil Tottman

Lost phone? Google’s got an app for that, coming this month

Free location and remote wipe service for Android devices

Google has announced that it will begin offering a free device location and security service for Android phones and tablets for the first time later this month, addressing a longstanding omission in Mountain View’s mobile OS.

According to a blog post by Android product manager Benjamin Poiesz on Friday, the forthcoming Android Device Manager (ADM) will be a combination of a mobile app and online services that will help Android customers both locate lost phones and protect their data when their devices can’t be found.

Read More By Neil McAllister,

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