Since most of our sensible data (and virtual presence) has been condensed in these multipurpose devices called smart phones, having yours lost in a cab will probably ruin your day.
In order to prevent that from ruining your day, you will need to take some measures. First you need to make sure that your phone remains locked. Then you need to find out where it is. Also, you should make sure that whoever finds it can get in tough with you. Where's My Droid takes care of all of these concerns and more.
By setting up an account, you can locate the device (provided it is connected to the net) through a web interface which displays a photographic map and an proximate location area. The page recommends to wait a couple of minutes but the data arrives much later. So you need to have some patience.
Most of the functions can also be enabled via text messages. Under "Attention Words" you can set up precise SMS message formulations to be interpreted as commands for locking, ringing, taking a photo, wiping the memory and more.
Of course, should anybody be able to manipulate it via SMS would defeat its purpose. As security, you will be able to set up a white or black list of phone numbers that will or will not be regarded as legitimate command senders.
A neat feature is found in the Ring and GPS set-up sections. After the battery level falls beneath a set threshold, Where's My Droid can send out a loud noise or send its GPS coordinates to your e-mail account. Easy-peasy!
- SMS commands
- Phone white/black list
- GPS coordinates via email or online
- Password protection
- Well designed interface
- High degree of customization
- Response latency is a bit high
Where's My Droid is lightweight, doesn't suck... system resources and offers a wide array of security options. I would recommend that you try all of the measures before entrusting your phone to it. There might be a chance that it doesn't work or the response comes too late.