App traces lost cellphones, even if batteries die

Dick Uliano,

WASHINGTON – It can be alarming to misplace a cellphone, especially when it’s chock-full of phone numbers that people spend years collecting.

Is it at work, at school, at home or in the car? It can be a frustrating search, especially as the cellphone battery is dying.

But a lost phone with a dead battery is not a problem if the phone is equipped with a new app by San Francisco-based Lookout Mobile Security.

As the battery fades, the app sends a GPS signal, flagging the cellphone’s last location and vastly improving the owner’s chances of finding it. The cellphone owner retrieves the location data by logging on to a preset account on the Lookout website.

The app also promises to protect a smartphone from dialer-based attacks, scanning all numbers clicked from a mobile browser.

The Lookout Mobile Security is available in free and premium versions for both Android and iPhone.

Download the app here.

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