The following information about activating security devices on your smartphones has been sent out by the Clovelly Neighbourhood Watch…By following the advice given, when your phone is stolen, there will be some way of tracking it.
How to activate ‘Find My iPhone’. (Works on macbook, iPad and iPhone)
1. Make sure your device is running iOS 5 or later
To update to the latest version of iOS, just connect your device to your Mac or PC and follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes. (Requires iTunes 10.5 or later.)
If you’re setting up a new iOS device, go to the Settings Menu, tap General and tap Software Update to see if there’s an update available.
2. Turn on iCloud.
When you turn on a new iOS device or after you’ve completed the update to iOS 5 or later, follow the instructions in the setup assistant to activate your device and set up iCloud.
If you skipped the setup process, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen, select iCloud, then enter your Apple ID.
3. Customise your settings.
Tap the Settings icon and select iCloud. Tap the On/Off switches to enable individual iCloud services. To enable iCloud Backup, tap Storage & Backup and turn on iCloud Backup. Make sure that you switch ‘Find My iPhone’ to “ON”.
4. Test ‘Find My iPhone’.
In addition, it’s important to ensure that the robber doesn’t turn off functions like “Find My iPhone”.
Here’s how you do it:
(1) Open the settings function
(2) Touch General
(3) Select Restrictions
(4) This will ask you to set a Restrictions passcode. Choose one that is different from your unlock passcode
(5) Scroll down the list of restrictions until you find “Allow Changes”
(6) Open Location
(7) Select the “Don’t Allow Changes” option
(8) Go back to the Restrictions menu and select Accounts
(9) Then chose “Don’t Allow Changes”, this stops iCloud and Find My iPhone being disabled then repeat for “Deleting Apps”
This will mean that anyone who gets hold of your phone will find it very hard to stop it beaming out a location and it stops them from disabling iCloud and Find My iPhone
How to activate Blackberry Protect (Blackberry Devices)
BlackBerry® Protect is a free application designed to keep your information secure if your BlackBerry® smartphone goes missing. If you’re on an applicable consumer data plan, you can download BlackBerry Protect and then log into the website where you can lock, locate or wipe your smartphone from wherever you are. You can also choose to have your crucial data backed up wirelessly and automatically, as often as you choose (daily, weekly, or monthly).
If you have BlackBerry Protect and your phone is stolen, you can go to www.blackberry.com/protect to:
• Locate it on a map
• Set a password and lock it to protect your information
• Wipe all the contents
• Make your BlackBerry ring loudly to help find it
• Display a message on the homescreen instructing whoever finds it on how to return it (ha ha)
You can also remotely backup and restore data.
You can download BlackBerry Protect via your computer or your phone.
(1) ON THE COMPUTER, Go to BlackBerry Application World for free downloads and choose BlackBerry Protect (direct website is http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20844/?lang=en)
You need to press “Sync” when it comes up on your phone.
(2) OR ON YOUR PHONE, on the home screen, go to the Icon for BlackBerry Apps World and scroll down until you see the icon for BlackBerry Protect.
(3) To accept the terms of the license agreement, click I Agree.
(4) Click Continue.
(5) Type your Blackberry® ID login information. If you do not have a login and a password, now is the time to create one. Your login is an e-mail address of your choosing; similarly, choose a password.
(6) Once you have typed in your login info and password, click Next.
(7) Complete the instructions on the screen.
(8) If you are using the computer to download the software onto the phone, you will be given a further prompt on the phone to sync the download.
(9) You will know if BlackBerry Protect has been downloaded correctly when you see a new logo, in the shape of a shield, on your phone’s home screen.
PanicGuard – for smartphones, excluding BlackBerry
This is a very useful application that can be used on non-BlackBerry phones, whereby you pay a nominal subscription. It is better than the normal phone security apps in that it automatically starts filming when something goes wrong (eg you are threatened, your phone is being stolen) and sends the video clip to designated phones or computers plus allows you to track in realtime where you phone is. The application is easily switched on, either by shaking the phone or swiping your finger across the front, as per your preference. For more info see www.panicguard.com. It is seen as a personal safety device as well as for theft, and has been approved by the UK police.