Your Android smartphone or tablet can be carrying your entire life in its electronic brain. It's got your contacts, easy access to your social media and email accounts, and let's not forget personal photos and text messages with your friends, family and coworkers. That's a lot of stuff jam-packed into such a tiny little gadget.
That's what makes it so terrifying to learn how easy it is to lose or for someone to steal. You could drop it anywhere, and thieves are always looking for the latest smartphones. You might glance away for just a fraction of a second and your gadget can be gone. What do you do? If you haven't thought ahead, then there's nothing to do except trying to call it from another phone. Good luck.
Luckily, smartphone theft is on the decline, by about 1 million thefts per year and it's all thanks to strong security apps like Android Device Manager (and its Apple counterpart Find My iPhone). In fact, Android Device Manager might already be installed on your phone. Relatively new "kill switch" laws require smartphones made after July 2015 to come preloaded with these protection and security apps.
Android Device Manager tracks down your gadget with GPS so you can go find it. If your gadget is just lost, you can cause it to ring at full volume or display a message on the lock screen - you do lock your gadget, right? If you don't lock your phone, you can lock it remotely with a new password. Of course, a savvy thief would have used that time to take over already.
In the absolute worst case, you can wipe the personal information from your gadget remotely using this app. That way, no thief can get it, or your personal data, messages, photos and so on.
Need the same security for your iPhone or iPad? Get a great app to find your gadget again.