Lookout Theftie Clicks Photos and Location of Phone Thieves

May 29, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Been robbed of your smart phone? After the initial hullabaloo, what you tend to do is to get your phone SIM blocked and look for ways to retrieve your device at the earliest.

A new feature that helps people whose phones have been robbed has now come into the picture. More than the usual ways that are deployed to get your rig back, this feature offers awesome aid on that front.

Launched by Lookout, the new feature comes as part of its security app that has already been rolled out for Android and iOS platforms. And, it is called Theftie.


Lookout’s new Theftie feature has been developed in such a way that it shoots an email to the owner of the device when suspicious activity is detected.

Suspicious activity includes entering the wrong password too many times in a row, uninstalling the security app and more. It works in such a way that it clicks a photo of the person who has laid his hands on the device without the owner knowing of it.

The app in fact makes use of the front facing camera to click the Theftie, and mails the photo along with the location to the owner’s email. Awesome, isn’t it?

Apart from trying to access the phone by entering an incorrect password in a row, removing the SIM card, suspicious activities include turning on Airplane mode, turning off the phone and also trying to remove Lookout as device administrator.

In case of such activity, the front facing snapper in the device gets to work and promptly clicks a picture of the person who has laid his / her hands on your phone without your knowledge.

Once the picture is recorded, the app then looks for location of the device and adds it to the picture. It is then emailed without any delay to the owner.

Once you get such info on your email, you can pass it on to the cops who will take care of the rest.

Lookout’s security app offers security and anti-virus protection, options to locate your device on a map and make it sound an alarm even if it is placed in silent mode; and also save a copy of Google contacts and download the information to your computer for free.

However, Theftie, which is part of the app doesn’t come for free. Apart from Theftie, it also charges you a fee for functionalities such as blocking malafide URLs, checking what personal information your installed apps are accessing, remotely locking the device, posting a custom message on its display, and erasing all data; and back up of photos and call history.

So if you want Theftie from Lookout to guard your Android phone, you will have to shell out $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year. But we think it is indeed worth the money. What do you think, folks?

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