In today’s world, the iPhone reigns supreme both as a smartphone and an in-demand fashion accessory. It’s no surprise, then, that petty criminals keep an assiduous eye out for easily snatchable iPhones from unwitting owners. iPhone theft is a common crime in the U.S.; even more so overseas, where stealing these devices from tourists is big business. And the biggest tragedy of losing an iPhone isn’t so much the issue of cost, but the issue of vital personal data and media being lost forever.
This is why it’s crucial for those who plan on flashing their iPhone at the outdoor mall or while on vacation in Cancun to take security considerations into account. To this end, there are a number of great anti-theft apps that every iPhone owner will want to install on his or her mobile device.
Anti-Theft Apps for iPhones:
Find My iPhone – free: When a thief steals an iPhone, one of the first concerns of the owner – besides recovery of the device – is data protection. This anti-theft app allows the user to remote-protect their iPhone data from another iOS device, such as an iPad. Simply install the app in the secondary device. Once installed, the user can track their stolen iPhone via GPS and remotely lock the unit or even wipe all the data.
Snap Secure – free: Not only does this app allow the user to keep track of his or her device should it be stolen, but it also allows for remote, wireless backups. Those who want to ensure their data is safe even in the event of a theft would do well to download this free option.
iLostFinder — free: There’s nothing quite as convenient as a criminal taking his or her own mug shut of their own free will, and this is exactly what iLostFinder provides. With this anti-theft app enabled, once a criminal enters an incorrect passcode the iPhone’s integrated camera snaps an instant photo of the perp and emails it to the true owner.
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Motion Alarm — $1.99: This is an ideal app for those who would like an alert whenever unapproved hands touch their iPhone. Motion Alarm comes with a number of pre-set alarm sounds that can be programmed to go off whenever the iPhone is moved. This is particularly handy for those who want to relax at an outdoor café and not have to worry about someone snatching the device off the table.
Gotcha Pro Alarm System — $3.99: This is a GPS motion-tracking app that offers a number of safeguards for those who find their iPhone in the wrong hands. This anti-theft app can track the device as well as prevent thieves from disarming the security via a password-protected interface. The app also offers customizable alarm sounds as well as email and Twitter alerts the moment the security features are tripped.
These are just a few of the best anti-theft apps options for protecting a person’s iPhone from the more unsavory criminal elements of society. And with features such as alarms, automatic photos and GPS tracking available on almost all of the above options, even having just one of these apps installed should provide total piece of mind.
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Scott Johnson is a tech blogger who writes on behalf of companies such as Protectyourbubble.com smartphone insurer, a popular brand who insures gadgets that people can’t live without.