Mobile security company Lookout has created a product that will send victims a photo of the person who snatched their mobile phone. The photograph of the thief, known as a “theftie,” will be also sent with a map of the phone's location.
Theft Alerts provides the Lookout users with alerts when suspicious behaviors occur on their phone. For example, when someone does something suspicious with their lost smartphone, such as entering a wrong password, turning the device off or removing the SIM card, the “theftie” will be triggered. The front-facing camera of the phone will secretly take a photo of the person holding the phone and send it to its registered owner in an email. This picture will be also accompanied by a map of the handset's exact location.
In addition, the alerts will help the users remotely back up personal data, wipe data as well as lock the phone. Theft Alerts costs $30 a year.
San Francisco-based mobile security company Lookout launched a new feature to try to combat smartphone theft on Wednesday (May 28, 2014): the "theftie," a covert snapshot of someone trying to steal your phone. (Photo credit: Lookout)
One in 10 smartphone owners in the US, UK, France and Germany were a victim of phone theft. So, Theft Alerts was one of the ways that Lookout helped to curb the growing phone theft problem as well as protect your mobile privacy. (Photo credit: Lookout)
Actions that trigger a Theft Alert included entering an incorrect passcode, removing SIM card, enabling Airplane Mode, turning off the smartphone, and removing Lookout as the device administrator. (Photo credit: Lookout)
When suspicious behaviors occurred on your lost phone, you would get an email containing your device's location and a photo of the person holding your phone. (Photo credit: Lookout)
Theft Alerts had limitations. For example, if a thief held the phone at an awkward angle, the device might have not got a clear picture. Plus, the wireless connection could cut out before Lookout got the chance to send the alert.