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New feature from Lookout snaps picture of possible phone thieves

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New feature from Lookout snaps picture of possible phone thieves
A personalized message can help you get your lost phone back

A personalized message can help you get your lost phone back

Lookout has added a new feature to its Android app called Lock Cam that can help identify phone thieves. Lock Cam will alert you if someone is trying to steal your Android phone or is trying to break in to access personal information. If someone tries three times to enter the wrong password into your lockscreen, the front-facing camera will snap a picture of the thief and send it to you via email. Along with the picture, the email will also send you a location of the phone using the GPS on the device. 
 
The Lock Cam feature is available for those with a front-facing camera on a phone running Android 2.3 or higher with the lock screen enabled. Right now, you must be a premium member to use Lock Cam although Lookout says it will be added to the free version of the app sometime in the next week.

Lookout also has added a new feature for its paying members ($2.99 month/$29.99 year) that lets users write a message of up to 300 characters on their Lookout Lock Screen that tells those who might find the phone, where to return it to. If you've ever had the misfortune to have had your phone stolen or lost, you probably realize how useful the Lookout app can be.

source: Lookout via PCMag

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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:45

1. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That will be very nice.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:39 3

2. scsa852k (Posts: 292; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


If the thief is smart enough to do a master reset on the phone,
this feature is absolutely meaningless.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:19

3. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I updated my galaxy s3 and i have the paid updated version of lookout and i cant seem to get this feature to work. I did my password wrong intentially multiple times so it would take my picture and it didnt send me a pic of myself at all. I made sure my email address was correct with lookout and the new feature was enabled. Reset my phone and still nothing. Sounds great if it worked.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:48

4. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


UPDATE: After further tinkering i have discovered this new feature does work when pin security is enabled on phones lock screen. But did not work on my lock screen when pattern type was enabled. I disabled unlock phone with pattern and it works as it is supposed to.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 21:53 1

5. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Ceberus Anti Theft app. Does that and more!!!

Remote control allows you to perform many operations on your device, like:
- Locate and track it
- Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode
- Wipe the internal memory and the SD card
- Hide Cerberus from the app drawer
- Lock the device with a code
- Record audio from the microphone
- Get a list of last calls sent and received
- Get information about network and operator the device is connected to
- And much more!

And for SIM card phones alerts you when an unathorized SIM card is inserted.

AND NO MONTHLY FEES!!!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 23:21

6. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Thank you! I was trying to remember the app(s?) that already had this feature. The one I'd heard about (on TMO?) was designed to keep your kids from getting on your phone, snapping their picture along the way.

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