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Author Topic: Best android security app (Remote-Wipe, screenshot, etc)  (Read 2352 times)
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« on: July 15, 2012, 07:39:56 AM »

I am looking for a good security application for my android phones. I want the ability to remotely activate GPS, hide the GPS notification icon when tracking, remote capture screenshots and video, view SMS history and remotely wipe the device.

I am currently trying cerebus but am looking for other solutions before I purchase something like this.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 07:51:00 AM »

I don't have a suggestion for you but am interested in what turns up as I recently learned that a factory reset of a device doesn't necessarily remove all data that has gotten on to a phone since its departure from the factory.

As I understand it, there is something called "factory format" (at least on some devices) which seems to do a more thorough job compared to factory reset.  I haven't yet come across a way to perform this apart from a code entered via the dialer (though presumably it is possible programmatically) -- more at:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=932919

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 08:02:38 AM »

ewemoa, I am looking at cerebus right now. You can find info about it here: https://play.google.com/s...s?id=com.lsdroid.cerberus
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 09:11:37 PM »

I haven't managed to find out anything relevant concerning the wipe option but came across the following discussion at xda-developers:

  Lost Phone Apps: Cerberus vs. others

Among other things, there was mention of another app named AndroidLost, with a link to a review:

  [Mobile Security App Shootout] Android Lost (Beta): Sophisticated Security Options For The Budget-Conscious Android User
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 04:18:23 PM »

ewemoa et. al, I am looking at avast! mobile security.

This appears to be a fairly comprehensive security and antivirus/firewall solution. The security piece can be remotely controlled via sms messages and the a/v is non-intrusive and uses very little in terms of running system resources.
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