Ever wondered if there was a way of tracking your lost or stolen cellphone or remotely disabling your phone so it can’t be used? If you have a Symbian device then Phone Guardian by SymbianGuru is the perfect solution.
Phone Guardian has recently been upgraded to V2.0 and is now compatible with the large number of Symbian S60 V3 handsets on the market.
Once installed on your handset it runs unobtrusively in the background ready to spring into action should your handset be misplaced or stolen. Phone Guardian monitors incoming SMS messages which means you are able to send commands to your phone to remotely lock or unlock the device.
• Lock Mode – lock phone on SIM change or by sending a remote lock SMS.
• Auto Lock – phone enters lock mode after a pre determined time.
• Alarm – the phone emits a siren noise which can be initiated by a remotely sent SMS or automatically once the phone enters lock mode.
• Get Info – sends the phone’s current location to you via SMS.
Installing Phone Guardian is a very straight forward process and the configuration is also very straight forward. Once you have chosen a password you are presented with several other options which allow you to set the phone to automatically enter lock mode if the SIM card is changed and/or on receipt of a SMS lock command. You will also want to configure a mobile phone number to send SMS alerts to if your phone is lost or stolen.
Sending SMS commands to Phone Guardian is straight forward; you simply compose a SMS message with a command and your password and send it to your phone, for example:
Will cause the phone alarm siren to activate. Very handy if you have misplaced your phone and want to find it!
This will lock the phone and it will be unusable until the unlock code is entered or unlock command sent via SMS to the handset.
This sends an info SMS to the pre-programmed number containing the date, time, IMSI (SIM) number, phone IMEI number and the network and CellID which is the number of the mobile phone tower that your phone is currently connected to.
This information SMS can also sent automatically if the SIM card in your phone is changed. Depending on your mobile phone operator you will be able to obtain the phone number for this new SIM card by giving your operator the IMSI number that is sent to you in the information SMS.
To enhance the security the application can only be installed in your phone memory and can only be uninstalled with your password. Once your phone is locked information cannot be accessed, even if the SIM card is changed. This makes it very valuable if you have private or confidential information on your phone that you wish to protect.
Phone Guardian is a handy piece of software to have if you are worried about your expensive handset being stolen or you’re somebody who often misplaces your phone as the alarm function will even operate if the phone is in silent mode and wouldn’t normally ring.