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Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone

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Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone
Chances are that if you have a smartphone or a tablet, there's stuff on it that you wouldn't like every single person around you to have access to - text messages, images, video, apps, you name it. Sure, you can hide your private images or lock down certain apps using software made for that purpose, but such a solution isn't always enough to keep prying eyes away. What if you want to see who has been secretly messing with your Android device without telling you? Well, in that case, there's a few apps that can come in handy. These three Android applications will let you know when your smartphone or tablet is being used and will help you catch the culprit red-handed. Check them out below!


Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone

Anti Theft Alarm is a simple security app we'd recommend using as long as you're near your smartphone or tablet - near enough to hear the siren that will go off the very instant your device is picked up. Here's how to use it:



Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone
Clip Ninja ($1.41)

This app does not lock your device in any way. Instead, it monitors the user's activity and logs everything they type (except passwords). Clip Ninja is meant to be an advanced clipboard manager and not a spy application, but it will probably do just fine for figuring out what a smartphone or tablet has been used for without its owner's knowledge. Here's what you need to know about the app:



Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone
GotYa! ($1.99)

This app will take a photo of whoever turns on the screen on your Android smartphone or tablet (assuming it has a front-facing camera, of course). Photos will also be captured each time someone enters a wrong lock screen password or pattern, thus exposing the identity of the one who stole your device, or was just going through your stuff. But that's not all GotYa! can do:

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posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:52

1. omar98 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


Awesome stuff

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:44

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I still prefer Lookout.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:48 2

3. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Cerberus anti theft is the best anti theft app, if a thief stole my phone well they're pretty much in trouble

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 11:30 2

4. robieNL (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


Second that! Cerberus app tracks your phone, takes a picture (even with the back camera if you want to), and much more! And just costs $3 for a lifetime license

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 13:28 2

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I use Android Lost myself.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:56

10. mrmessma (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I second this. I feel I should try others, but can't think of anything androidlost cannot do.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 13:53

6. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


I use SeekDroid and Kaspersky phone/tablet security. The last one takes pictures too. First one is awesome for tracking.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:59

7. coppico (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


guys what phone is the kitty holding?

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 09:25

9. GAZ082 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


That cutey is trying to steal a Motorola one. Cant find the model, but it was designed for seniors. Big numbers, nothing but call, contacts and sms, monochrome.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:32

8. reindeer_nation (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


anyone know what model that phone is? The one the cat's holding. Looks stylish.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 18:45

11. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Motorola F3

(flies aways...)

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