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Corrine
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Registered: ‎11-03-2011
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Tablet Security Tips

It was reported that tablet shipments were estimated to be nearly 73 million units in 2011.  If you have one of those 73 million tablets or are preparing to purchase a tablet, remember, security starts at "home" with you, the tablet owner. 

 

To protect your investment, keep these basic Tablet Security Tips in mind.

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Re: Tablet Security Tips

That is words of wisdom there. I think most people have taken a laid back approach to security on their smartphone and tablets.
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ExJamJus
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Re: Tablet Security Tips

@Corrine,

Any good software to recommend for tablets which enables GPS tracking if the device is stolen? Would prefer freeware without subscribing to any services but if need to pay for it then I don't mind too.

Thanks =D
*Non Lenovo employee*

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Re: Tablet Security Tips

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ExJamJus wrote:
@Corrine,

Any good software to recommend for tablets which enables GPS tracking if the device is stolen? Would prefer freeware without subscribing to any services but if need to pay for it then I don't mind too.

Thanks =D

Good question. I've come to find "Where's my Droid" to work pretty good. You setup safe numbers, (friend or family cell number) text the secret command and it will turn on GPS if off and send back a text with a location. And if received on another droid, you can pull up a GPS for directions to its location. Or if you've just simply lost the device it can turn on sound and beep for you, and even flash the screen. Oh did I mention it's FREE. :smileyhappy:

 

Edit: I forgot about remote lock or wipe, It can do those too. And even tell you if the number or SIM of the phone has been changed. Nice little app.

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Corrine
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Attempting to get more information "Where's my Droid", WheresMyDroid.com was blocked by ESET Smart Security:


Access to the web page was blocked by ESET Smart Security. The web page is on the list of websites with potentially dangerous content.

 


Aryeh Goretsky is traveling so I cannot ask him for any additional information about the ESET warning.

 

I suggest looking at Prey Anti-Theft, which I understand is free and also has Pro plans. (FAQ's)

 

Lifehacker:  How To Track, Recover Your Stolen Laptop Or Android With Prey

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Re: Tablet Security Tips

Dunno, but the site looks terrible compared to Prey.

http://lifehacker.com/5551969/wheres-my-droid-helps-locate-your-android-phone-near-and-far

Thanks for the new info. I'm giving them a shot now.
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Corrine
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Re: Tablet Security Tips

You're welcome.  It would be helpful to others if you'd report back on the usability of Prey.

 

I found the Prey Recovery stories archive interesting.  They do not appear to be fake or "plants". 

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Re: Tablet Security Tips

COOL~!! Thanks Peter and Corrine... I was searching for this sort of app since I got my first Android phone ... All I got was those fake apps or those that need to pay a yearly subscription.... Will try it out tonight =D ....
*Non Lenovo employee*

I have a Y2P (i5) ... Feel free to ping me if you want me to test some applications with your Y2P if you have the same model. I don't mind keep doing recovery on it if needed .... =)
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Corrine
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You're welcome, Ex.JamJus.  Again, please share your experience with the app as it can benefit others.

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Re: Tablet Security Tips

I'm satisfied to report Prey works fast and well. Sent a test text to my phone, online control panel instantly showed me it was reporting missing. Started making a report every 20 mins. Shows a map of the location. Works with wifi or GPS.

Thanks again Corrine.
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