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03-31-2015 10:34 AM
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  1. vezycash's Avatar
    My windows phone has been stolen again! First time, it was my 925. Now, it's my 520.

    The first time, the thief was an ***** - he didn't pull out the sim card. As a result, I was able to use the 520 to log on the app store to remotely lock the phone. The thief brought it back for a finder's fee.

    This time around, my apartment was burglarized while I was away. The 520 was among the stolen items. I've tried the number it says switched off. I've also tried to remote lock it but it wouldn't work.

    As you've noticed, WP 8.1's FIND MY PHONE only works when the thief is an *****. I did a lot of soul searching online and I've found a few ways to make things much harder for windows phone thief.

    Here are existing, practical ideas. Lemme know what you think.

    Idea's from Mccafee Android app
    • CaptureCam Silently takes a snapshot of the person holding your lost device and emails the photo to you along with the device location. Can be triggered from the Security Web Portal
    • S.O.S Automatically saves your last device location before it runs out of battery


    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wsandroid.suite
    • Automatically lock your phone once a SIM change is detected to prevent unauthorized use and to make the phone worthless to the thief. You can also sound an alarm remotely to warn him.
    • When a new SIM card is inserted, your buddy will get a SMS alert so you can contact the person who has found or stolen your device. You can also track the location of your phone and even plot them out on a map.


    discussions.nokia.com/t5/Symbian-Devices/Remote-phone-locking-Lock-your-phone-via-text-if-you-lose-it/td-p/521260
    telkomsel.wavesecure.com/wavesecure/
    03-21-2015 04:36 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    So you're going to recommend these ideas to MS? They are great tools idd :)
    03-21-2015 05:32 PM
  3. wpn00b's Avatar
    I thought find my phone already saved the location before battery runs out? I have that option.
    Last edited by wpn00b; 03-21-2015 at 10:54 PM.
    jojoe42, ven07, Skulls138 and 2 others like this.
    03-21-2015 05:36 PM
  4. jojoe42's Avatar
    I thought find my phone already and the location before battery runs out? I have that option.
    Thief probably turned off the phone. Can't wait for MS to implement the activation lock features in W10 which will make stealing phones worthless.
    03-21-2015 06:33 PM
  5. ROBBIE HALL's Avatar
    I have also thought about this. I would enjoy MS doing a "find my phone" like apple. Where your phone is "locked" to your email. And even a factory restore can't help. This is ONE feature I'd take from apple any day. Absolutely brilliant. I feel all phones should have this.
    03-21-2015 06:37 PM
  6. WPmaniac4 25's Avatar
    I have also thought about this. I would enjoy MS doing a "find my phone" like apple. Where your phone is "locked" to your email. And even a factory restore can't help. This is ONE feature I'd take from apple any day. Absolutely brilliant. I feel all phones should have this.
    Microsoft already has find my phone
    03-21-2015 06:57 PM
  7. lexrsk's Avatar
    I have also thought about this. I would enjoy MS doing a "find my phone" like apple. Where your phone is "locked" to your email. And even a factory restore can't help. This is ONE feature I'd take from apple any day. Absolutely brilliant. I feel all phones should have this.
    This would require Microsoft to use the UDID of the phones and not the phone number.
    I also like the iPhones ability to be remote bricked if stolen and requiring a pin to factory reset the phone.
    03-21-2015 06:59 PM
  8. Praxius's Avatar
    Who says Windows Phone isn't getting popular? When it's not being passed up by thieves, you know you made it.
    03-21-2015 09:14 PM
  9. ven07's Avatar
    Microsoft already has find my phone
    Yes, but it doesn't work when the phone is turned off
    Laura Knotek and gpobernardo like this.
    03-21-2015 09:18 PM
  10. jojoe42's Avatar
    I have also thought about this. I would enjoy MS doing a "find my phone" like apple. Where your phone is "locked" to your email. And even a factory restore can't help. This is ONE feature I'd take from apple any day. Absolutely brilliant. I feel all phones should have this.
    I read somewhere about it being made mandatory for ALL phone manufacturers/companies to have a similar system in place like Activation Lock, with MS stating that it would be coming to "all current Windows Phone devices" later on this year, presumably with Windows 10

    Edit: here's the article from The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/19/58...-lock-features
    ven07, gpobernardo and aa125690 like this.
    03-22-2015 02:47 AM
  11. ven07's Avatar
    I read somewhere about it being made mandatory for ALL phone manufacturers/companies to have a similar system in place like Activation Lock, with MS stating that it would be coming to "all current Windows Phone devices" later on this year, presumably with Windows 10

    Edit: here's the article from The Verge - Microsoft developing activation lock to render stolen Windows Phones useless | The Verge
    Yea I remember this! MS for the win xd
    gpobernardo likes this.
    03-22-2015 06:54 AM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    that snapshot thing is a cool idea, but the problem with that is the fact this involves the 520 :P
    03-22-2015 10:09 AM
  13. vezycash's Avatar
    Two phones lost and...

    Hurray my L520's been found!!!
    The thief is someone I know. He was trying to sell the phone this morning and was caught by a friend of mine. I now have my 520 back.

    Unfortunately, the thief ran away as soon as he got the chance. Also, my SIM card's and phone cover are missing.

    Guess I'm a lucky guy.
    HeyCori, xandros9, ven07 and 3 others like this.
    03-22-2015 01:36 PM
  14. xandros9's Avatar
    Two phones lost and...

    Hurray my L520's been found!!!
    The thief is someone I know. He was trying to sell the phone this morning and was caught by a friend of mine. I now have my 520 back.

    Unfortunately, the thief ran away as soon as he got the chance. Also, my SIM card's and phone cover are missing.

    Guess I'm a lucky guy.
    Sheesh the nerve of some people, going through all the trouble and risk of theft and only taking the cheap stuff!
    03-22-2015 02:15 PM
  15. Praxius's Avatar
    Two phones lost and...

    Hurray my L520's been found!!!
    The thief is someone I know. He was trying to sell the phone this morning and was caught by a friend of mine. I now have my 520 back.

    Unfortunately, the thief ran away as soon as he got the chance. Also, my SIM card's and phone cover are missing.

    Guess I'm a lucky guy.
    Geez time to find some new acquaintances.

    So what if he ran away. You know who he is, you got a friend who can back you up.... Get the police on their butts.
    vezycash and ven07 like this.
    03-22-2015 08:20 PM
  16. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Two phones lost and...

    Hurray my L520's been found!!!
    The thief is someone I know. He was trying to sell the phone this morning and was caught by a friend of mine. I now have my 520 back.

    Unfortunately, the thief ran away as soon as he got the chance. Also, my SIM card's and phone cover are missing.

    Guess I'm a lucky guy.
    Yea, secure your stuff better (keep your phone with you), and for sure get new friends.

    Life is too short for BS like that, I had, what I thought, was a good friend about 10 years ago, he stole something off me, it was worth $200 or so and I found out. I told him to return it (he did) and I banished him. Told him to F off and never call or talk to me again. This was about 10 years ago, 6 months ago I got a email asking for forgiveness from him, I wont even reply to it.

    I could never trust this person again, so I would rather not have him in my life, plain and simple.
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    03-23-2015 07:41 AM
  17. Jazmac's Avatar
    Who says Windows Phone isn't getting popular? When it's not being passed up by thieves, you know you made it.
    Haha. I remember that story back in the Wp7 days. I always thought it was fake though even though funny.
    xandros9, ven07, vezycash and 1 others like this.
    03-23-2015 08:17 AM
  18. ven07's Avatar
    This was about 10 years ago
    Man! you can hold a grudge!!! But I get it :)
    03-24-2015 03:28 PM
  19. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Man! you can hold a grudge!!! But I get it :)
    Life is too short to have to deal with that worry and possible stress. I'm a good person, very trusting and been told a great person to hang out and have a beer with. I have always been strait to the point but, burn me once and it's all over.

    Mistakes are one thing but stealing off me ? I could never trust him and for that, he deserves to be banished and completely out of my life.
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    03-27-2015 02:37 PM
  20. ven07's Avatar
    a great person to hang out and have a beer with
    Perhaps someday!
    DavidinCT likes this.
    03-27-2015 06:10 PM
  21. ML10's Avatar
    Two phones lost and...

    Hurray my L520's been found!!!
    The thief is someone I know. He was trying to sell the phone this morning and was caught by a friend of mine. I now have my 520 back.

    Unfortunately, the thief ran away as soon as he got the chance. Also, my SIM card's and phone cover are missing.

    Guess I'm a lucky guy.
    You know how weird this sounds?
    03-28-2015 08:05 AM
  22. naeem151287's Avatar
    What kind of a low-class thief steals a Lumia 520? :D
    vezycash and DavidinCT like this.
    03-28-2015 09:05 PM
  23. vicky geth's Avatar
    My windows phone has been stolen again! First time, it was my 925. Now, it's my 520.
    You see both 925 and 520 are not available in markets. AND... MSFT promised to release next build of win10 to these devices too. So I think MS payed the thief to get these devices for testing purpose
    vezycash likes this.
    03-28-2015 10:08 PM
  24. vezycash's Avatar
    You know how weird this sounds?
    I don't. Care to share?
    03-29-2015 06:21 PM
  25. vezycash's Avatar
    What kind of a low-class thief steals a Lumia 520? :D
    I'm not living in my home country. A 520's a big deal to the locals.
    03-29-2015 06:24 PM
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