January 28, 2013
Phone thieves and nosy friends beware: a new app has been released to catch you in action.
Lookout Mobile Security has released an update of its Lookout app to include a Lock Cam that snaps a picture of anyone trying to access a protected Smartphone.
“Lock Cam is a free feature that notifies you if anyone tries to access your device, whether it has been stolen, or if someone else may be trying to take a peek when you’re not around,” reads the company’s blog.
“Lock Cam takes a picture of anyone who enters an incorrect password three times into your Android lock screen with the front-facing camera on your device. You’ll then receive an email with the picture and the location of your device, giving you valuable information about who tried to access your device and where it happened. You can then use this information to take steps to further protect your device, like changing or strengthening your password.”
So far, Lock Cam is only available in English. It is rolling out to users this week. Premium users will have immediate access to Lock Cam. Then it is simply a matter of going to ‘settings’ in the app to ensure advanced protection and Lock Cam are enabled.
The new feature will only work on devices with front-facing cameras running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or above.
Premium users can also add a customized message of up to 300 characters to the Lookout Lock screen of their phones. If the phone is the lost, the new feature gives the person who finds it the information he or she needs to return it.
Simply log into Lookout.com from another Smartphone or computer, click the ‘missing device tab’ and select ‘lock.’
The new version of Lookout can be downloaded from Google Play.
To see the app in action, check out the video below from Lookout Mobile Security.