Originally Posted by Escobarretje
I guess not, but I remember having WaveSecure installed on my G1 in the system. If the thief would then wipe your phone, the program is still installed on it. A thief would have to completely install a new rom to wipe off the program. That's the best solution you can get right now I guess, but for that you'll have to be rooted. ( https://www.wavesecure.com/blog/post...-remotely.aspx
I don't know if this is possible with other programs, but am actually interested. Anyone knows about a free program that can track / wipe / lock stuff up and installed in the android system?
Perhaps a solution is to have a Unique ID Key.
Without which the phone cannot be tampered with, rooted, hard reset
or anything be done to it without this Master Key feature.
The Unique ID key should be one off and issued by the manufacturer
for each phone. And this key is required even by the service station
to open the phone. If the phone is sold by the owner then he
can provide the ID key to the buyer with a small test feature
embedded within for the buyer to verify if key is the right one.
This may help in some ways as the thief would then be forced to
return the phone to the owner for some monetary consideration
rather than be stuck with a brick.
Today's smart phones contain a lot of information and data potential
and these could be much more valuable ( to the owner ) than
the phone itself. And many more new capabilities are being
introduced such as e wallet and e credit cards etc.
And it is not convenient always to update/backup the data on to a PC etc.
The data on the SD card is not an issue as it can always
be saved after encryption.
Read recently that in UK a phone is stolen every 12 seconds.
I am sure the figures for stolen phones are high in other countries too.