With the increase in information that we provide for people on our smartphones, it’s no wonder that security on these devices has become an increasing priority. We’ve all got access to anti-theft features and apps that are available for our smartphones that’ll help to deter any possible thieves. Smartphones, also, commonly have four-digit passcodes now, and are more secure than ever. However, this doesn’t stop the theft from happening. Over 742,000 phones have been stolen across England and Wales over the past two years, a study shows.
A new app named Lookout is one of the latest offerings to keep your smartphone safe from thieves. This app will know when the passcode on your smartphone is entered incorrectly three times. When this is done so, the app will use the front-facing camera to take a photo of whoever it is that has incorrectly-answered the passcode. This picture will then be emailed to the owner of the device’s email, along with an approximate location of the device. This app could drastically reduce the amount of phone-theft that occurs, as thieves become more aware of the danger that could be faced by stealing someone’s smartphone.