Phone Stolen....ugh!

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PeteyPete

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Thanks for the advise guys. Actually, the "Guns" issue is partly what I'm concerned with.

I have pictures on my droid that I took of my budding military style collection, which would fetch a pretty penny here in NY/NJ. Anyone with less than noble intentions and my phone has my address, work schedule, work address, considerable personal info...and also some pics of black and russian rifles, and also where they are located in the house (although secured).

Thats partly my quandary....lesson learned though, Mobile defense and some phone blocker is going on my replacement ASAP.
 

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I've been bad, and have not had wave secure or mobile defense on my phone.:icon_eek:
Time to install one :)
 

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i just installed wavesecure it is pretty nifty i wanted my phone to do that and now it DOES
 

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It would be nice if you could puncture the battery remotely, imagine the fun.
 

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Wow sorry to hear about your loss man. I just had my ipod touch stolen out of my car a week ago so I feel your pain...but my ipod is long gone at least with our droids you can have some sense of security. Good Luck on your new droid. Did verizon say the'll compensate you for the apps that you paid for?
 

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Does Wave Secure allow you to remotely wipe your device? I'm not seeing it with Mobile Defense :(
edit: Mobile Defense doesn't have a remote wipe. I'm switching to Wave Secure :) ... because they have remote backup and wipe
 

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not to make light of this bcuz we all kno what its like to get something valuable stolen. its frustrating, but we can learn from this. We have a bunch of low lifes who will take anything as petty as a phone. We all have contact and things on out phone and it needs to be protected just in case some low life snatches it. If you have a droid or any smart phone, it would probably be wise to install a secure app like wave secure or mobile defense. It is probably one of the first apps that should be installed. I dont know what would fall in to the sticky criteria, but droid owners should see this so to protect their private info on their phones.
Pete, i hope you get your phone, and most importantly that the lowlife dont try to do anything stupid with your info.
 

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Sorry to hear that man. I really really hate thieves. I mean hate to the point of wanting to dispose of them.... permanently. I don't think he'd be dumb enough to try to steal your guns or break in your home but like someone mentioned already, you should still take some precautions. If you leave someone at home at least let them know to be on guard. If you don't have an alarm, it might be good idea to consider one as well. Good luck.
 

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I'm concerned b/c anyone who would go through the trouble to steal a phone worth a few hundred bucks, probably wouldn't have much problem robbing a house.

Sucks having your phone stolen, but I wouldnt worry about your house. I think its a huge step from grabbing a phone to actually breaking into someones home.

Don't be so sure about that. I had a truck stolen about three years ago. My registration and garage door opener were in the truck. Of course, my registration shows my address. By the time I realized it was stolen, five hours later, I got home to find my house had not only been robbed, but they used their new found truck to remove my TV's, computers, Radial Arm Saw, Drill Press, etc.

Sure made me glad I had that huge bed in the truck to help them travel with all that stuff. :) Talk about nerve. How would they know I wouldn't be taking a taxi home in 30 minutes. Cops told me it happens all the time.
 

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yes wavesecure allows you to remote wipe it. I recommend it highly. I had a bit of trouble with it at first, emailed the devs, got a response within a couple of hours, and since an update have not had any issues with it. makes me feel real safe. Plus its fun to lock it down while other people are looking at it, just to mess with them. Also, you no longer need a computer to lock or wipe it, you can just text a code to your phone.
 

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I hear wave secure and mobile defense. I know better is based upon preference, but can some one break down the features of both. If this is in another thread then nevermind.
 

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Sorry to hear about your phone getting stolen. Hopefully you had insurance. On your replacement though, get WaveSecure, it has remote wipe.
 

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Chances are it was stolen for the following reasons.

1. Thief needed drug money, figured one of those "screen phones" (yes, that's what they call them) would fetch him the money he needed for his fix.
2. He saw your phone, and figured he could unlock it and use it himself.
3. He figured with a phone like that, he could get some valuable information (contacts, names, addresses, bank account, and or credit card information) that would be worth some money to someone.

Don't blow this off, be vigilant, because you don't know what he did with your phone, your photos, or your information. What you don't know, could be harmful. Don't underestimate the guy because he is a thief.

Smartphones are targets for thieves for the same reason as laptops. Information, all kinds, is usually held on these phones, and that is what some of these thieves are after. Information on bank accounts, credit cards, business contacts, and any corporate email information could be valuable to someone other than the thief, and he might know who to sell that too. I worked for a few years in a 9-1-1 center in one of the worst suburbs in the Chicago area, not only was it a hotbed of gang activity, but also identity thieves, credit card scammers , and what not. Not all gang-bangers are morons, some of them are pretty savvy, and know what to look for. I was forever taking phone reports for stolen cell phones, the majority of them being Blackberry, and Palm type phones. Our tac guys busted a group working on stealing identities, specifically making ATM cards with stolen bank account information... in addition to all of the computers and what not recovered in the raid, there was a huge pile of Blackberries, Palms, and Pocket PC's that were recovered as well, stolen from all over the Chicago area.

I don't mean to unduly alarm anyone, but this needs to be considered...

I am thinking WaveSecure might be the way for me to go as well, I rarely leave my phone unattended, but one never knows.
 

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Chances are it was stolen for the following reasons.

1. Thief needed drug money, figured one of those "screen phones" (yes, that's what they call them) would fetch him the money he needed for his fix.
2. He saw your phone, and figured he could unlock it and use it himself.
3. He figured with a phone like that, he could get some valuable information (contacts, names, addresses, bank account, and or credit card information) that would be worth some money to someone.

Don't blow this off, be vigilant, because you don't know what he did with your phone, your photos, or your information. What you don't know, could be harmful. Don't underestimate the guy because he is a thief.

Smartphones are targets for thieves for the same reason as laptops. Information, all kinds, is usually held on these phones, and that is what some of these thieves are after. Information on bank accounts, credit cards, business contacts, and any corporate email information could be valuable to someone other than the thief, and he might know who to sell that too. I worked for a few years in a 9-1-1 center in one of the worst suburbs in the Chicago area, not only was it a hotbed of gang activity, but also identity thieves, credit card scammers , and what not. Not all gang-bangers are morons, some of them are pretty savvy, and know what to look for. I was forever taking phone reports for stolen cell phones, the majority of them being Blackberry, and Palm type phones. Our tac guys busted a group working on stealing identities, specifically making ATM cards with stolen bank account information... in addition to all of the computers and what not recovered in the raid, there was a huge pile of Blackberries, Palms, and Pocket PC's that were recovered as well, stolen from all over the Chicago area.

I don't mean to unduly alarm anyone, but this needs to be considered...

I am thinking WaveSecure might be the way for me to go as well, I rarely leave my phone unattended, but one never knows.


Have a famil member in law enforcement; what you said is dead on. The info we have on our phones, if fall in to a savy crooks hands can be dangerous, that has prompt me to switch to wave secure.


GOOD POST
 
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