What must you do immediately?
Once you find the phone is missing, do not panic. If you find your mobile missing for just a short span of time, there are greater chances that you get back your mobile. After relaxing yourself for few seconds, call your mobile phone from your friend’s cell phone and check out if you are able to find it. There are chances that you could have placed it somewhere and forgotten it. There are several applications that can be installed to track the stolen phone. We shall discuss the features of those applications and measures that can be taken to keep your device safe.
As your mobile is for your personal use, there are chances that you have your bank account or social networking sites to be accessible. The immediate step that has to be taken is to change the passwords for everything that you believe can be reached from your mobile. If you have applications installed in your phone, then activate them by going online. You will have provisions to lock your data or back up your information or at times if you feel they are very confidential, you can also delete them.
Block your card
The second important step that has to be taken is to call your service provider from the cell phone of your friend and block your card as there would be a lot of phone numbers available in it. Once you block your card, file FIR in the police for your lost card. If you do not have your invoice with you, go to the retailer where you purchased the mobile and get the duplicate copy and photocopy it and submit it to the police station. Note the IMEI number from the invoice and update it any database of lost mobiles. On buying second hand mobiles, people are likely to check these databases, if the phone is a stolen one.
Applications that help you track your phone
‘Lookout’ is a well-known app for tracking your lost phone. It has a feature to turn on your front camera and take a snap of the person using it. You can trigger that option from your laptop. The photo will be sent to your mail immediately when the internet is turned on. This app generally sends mail from front camera, every time the lock code is used wrong for five continuous times. For iPhones, there is an application ‘Find My iPhone’ exclusively for this model of mobiles. When you log into your iCloud account, you will have permission to delete all your mobile data and also trigger a sound alarm from the phone. You can trace the location of your mobile and also use this app to send message to the person holding it. There are other applications like bull guard and F-secure which have features that help you track the phone. Bull Guard provides space in its server that helps you to back up the data.
Safety measures to be taken when you use phone
It is always advisable to have these kinds of applications installed in your mobile, though you keep your mobile always safe. After you purchase the cell phone, keep the invoice and warranty card very safe. Insure the mobile when you buy it, as there is a theft insurance which allows you to get back money for your lost mobile. It is always advisable to have a same position for your cell phone and always take care that you place your mobile only there.