With Best Security Apps Find Who is Trying to Unlock Your Phone
The latest technological advances allow us to enjoy the most unique and extra-ordinary features of the Smartphones and Tablets that were not to found anywhere 4-5 years ago. The result is our phones are not merely the devices to get in touch with our friends and relatives; they are acting as our watches, cameras, diaries, organizers and even secret vaults, sometimes holding our financial details. It is basically imperative, in fact quite mandatory to have some sort of security app installed on them at all times. Think about security and then imagine an app that can capture the face of the person who tries to break into your vault. Sounds cool! Isn’t it? Here are some unique apps that can lock your phone and click the picture of the intruder, in your absence.
1. GotYa! Face Trap & Security:
GotYa! Face Trap & Security, by MBFG, is an intricate free security app, with the same basic task of capturing the face of the intruder, or anyone (even if it is you) who tries to unlock your phone with a wrong code. After installing this app you first need to sign in with a valid Google account (can be the same id that you are using for your android). After signing in, you can activate this app and set a pattern or password lock, if you haven’t done that already, following this you will need to choose the email account you want the intrusion alert emails to be sent and you are good to go. Now on, the app will do both, maintain a record of the entire phone-unlock activity (successful or unsuccessful attempts) with itself and send you email alerts in case of failed attempts. All the emails and app alerts consist of the intruder’s picture and also, the time and the location of the attempt. The ‘Recent Activity’ section tells you when, where and by whom was your smartphone tried to be breached in. While the ‘History’ section lets you view the entire record of all the unlock attempts with time and whether they were successful or not.
You can share the app with your friends using the various networking apps on your phone with ‘Share’ or ask for any kind of support you need from the developers with ‘Support’. The ‘Settings’ allow you to deactivate the app, change the screen lock settings of your phone, set a lock for the app itself to restrict the authority to modify the app settings to yourself, change the triggers i.e. a failed login attempt or screen turning on or both and also, it lets you set the notification options such as turning the Device Notification and Email Notification on or off.
Developed By: MBFG
2. Anti-Theft Camera – CCTV:
Anti-Theft Camera, by MVM Studio, is a feature loaded, free security app for your phone. It can not only intake the photos and location of the intruders but can also record a video or audio alongside. The app comes with 5 sections named general notifications protection settings and more features. Of course you can avail the additional features not before an upgrade. The ‘General’ section lets you view the lists of the photos, videos & audios captured and also the history of the entire login or unlock attempts. The ‘Protection’ section allows you to activate the app, setting the number of attempts to trigger the app and choose between taking a photograph, recording a video or an audio. Under this section you can also set the quality of photo video & audio and duration of video and audio to be recorded. The ‘Notification’ section allows you to set the display notification settings and email settings, by providing a valid email id to receive the alerts about attempted intrusions.
Lastly the section named under ‘Settings’ enables you to either delete the entire record or history of all the intrusions detected or to change the default save location for the recordings or the clicks. Other additional settings are only available in the upgraded version of this security app, which is available for around Rs 185.
Developed By: MVM Studio
3. CrookCatcher – Anti Theft:
Crook Catcher, by Jacob S. Harteg, is a smartphone security app that can click the image of a person trying to open your phone without your consent. After complete installation, for enabling this app, you will need to run the setup which will need your permission for activating the app, setting up the screen lock for your device, choosing the number of attempts you want to set as intrusion alert limit (from 1-5), turning on GPS for catching the location of the device and setting up the email alerts by entering the receiver email id. The mails that you would receive would consist of not only the photo of the person trying to hack in, but also the location of device at the time. You can also connect with the developers of the app to help them improve by giving ‘Feedback’, asking for ‘Help’ or offering ‘Support’ by donating a dollar.
The ‘Settings’ again offer some options from the setup like ‘Number of unlock attempt limits’, ‘Setup Screen Lock’, Email Notifications, Device Notifications, Location, etc. One interesting feature added is that of customizing the Picture quality that you want the app to click with options on quality, picture rotation or applying black pictures fix (special tool to improve the pictures in case you get a lot of blackish pictures). The home screen of the app maintains a record of all the ‘Crooks’ or intruders ever recorded since the activation along with the date, time and location.
Developed By: Jakob S. Harteg
4. Hidden Eye:
Hidden Eye, by Midas Ensemble Technologies, is a free security app that would click the images with time and date, of anyone trying to open the security lock of your smartphone behind your back. This very light but very efficient mobile security app gets to working right when you activate it by turning “ON” the Security Status, after complete installation. The app also offers the distinguished feature of alert alarm that can ring after 3 wrong unlock attempts. This will simply play your phone ringtone if somebody is trying to hack in and fails for 3 times. And if you check on the option of ‘Alert me on the Notification Bar’, the app will update you through notification alerts just like the alerts you get when you receive an SMS, email, or WhatsApp text, etc. There is yet another feature offered – that of viewing all the photos of the attempted intrusions, just when you unlock the phone (of course, with the right password or pattern lock).
This security app comes with little but very effective features, there are no settings options to customize. But there are options that allow you to view the entire record of intrusions recoded, all at once, by clicking a button saying “View Intrusions”. Also, when you have seen them all and want to start the record all over again just click on “Delete Records” to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.
Developed By: Midas Ensemble Technologies
5. Lockwatch – Find Stolen Phone:
Lockwatch, by Bloke Tech, is a quick to start, easy to use, free security app that will send you an email in case your mobile phone is tried to be hacked into. This app uses the built in front camera or secondary camera of the phone to click images of the intruder. Also, the location of your smartphone, when somebody is trying to break in is stored by this app. All you have to do is install the app on your phone and activate and turn on the feature to send notification mail to you, in case of danger. Whether you set a pattern lock or digital lock, if a person (even if it is you, well hope for good it is you, unless your phone has been stolen) enters 4 wrong digits or tries to make a pattern using 4 wrong dots, the app automatically drafts a mail with a photo captured of the intruder using the front camera along with the existing location of the phone and sends the email on your email id. Please note that the email is sent on the same Gmail id as the one you are using for your android phone, by default. You can even share the app with your friends via the different networking apps on your phone like WhatsApp, Gmail, Hike, etc.
The Premium version of the app, which is available for just Rs. 149, offers additional advance features like: taking multiple photos of the intruder, recording a sound clip, turning on data connection automatically for sending emails or even sending an SMS to a friend.
Developed By: BlokeTech
All the listed five apps are really best in business. And having any of them on your phone makes you feel more confident about the security of information on your phone. But Anti-Theft Camera, by MVM studio, is the one that really amazes me. It has that unique quality of taking the intruder’s photo and even records audio and video of him/her, hence, acting just like a CCTV Camera.