No matter how careful you are with your favorite gadgets, you still may end up forgetting them while traveling via public transport, in a coffee shop, or in a theater. It is especially tough to safeguard compact devices like tablet PC and Smartphones particularly in crowded areas. What is worse than losing a device is that Â you also lose all your contacts, data, files, images and everything that was stored in it. The latest Smartphone devices and tabs include various types of devices under one roof. For example, the iPad 2 is set with two cameras; one for clicking pictures Â and the other to be used during video chat sessions. Â This gadget is also fitted with a diminutive form of PC (where you carry and edit your office documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.), a browser to surf the Internet, your complete media player and an address book. Can you afford to lose all these data at one go? If stolen, would you be able to locate the offender in a crowd and get your gadget back? A recent arrest that took place at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport revealed that a person hid an iPad of a fellow passenger down his trousers with the intention of stealing it. Although, fortunately, the device was recovered, one may not be lucky enough every time. Hence, one should become a bit more meticulously possessive of oneâ€™s stuff and be equipped with tools to track gadgets and devices in case of eventualities as mentioned above.
Mentioned below are a few handy apps that can act as tools and equip you:
Get â€˜Find My iPhoneâ€™
If you or your spouse is an iPhone or iPad user, consider installing the Find My iPhone app. This is a simple app that will let you create an account at Me.com and register your iPhone or iPad with this account. The website will facilitate you to locate these registered devices in a place you suspect it could be in, globally. The site also lets you lock your devices to save the content of the device from being stolen. Additionally, if you are no longer using that device, you can simply erase it from your account to register a new one. Isnâ€™t it a savior in times of crisis? Moreover, it is available for FREE on iTunes App Store.
For a robust and all-encompassing device tracking solution, install the Prey Project on your computer. This software application is capable of protecting mobile devices as well as laptops regardless of the platform they are running on such as Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Linux. The program runs on the background and waits for your signal to start recording. Once your device is registered, Prey will send you information regarding the present location of the device, currently accessed programs, screenshots of an active session (e-mail etc) and also show you webcam portraits of the thief. Get this application downloaded on your PC for free. However, to use all the features of the software, you have to pay $5 for its Pro version.