Android App of the Week #2 Cerberus
Smartphones are the modern day diaries. If a random person were to go through your phone, he or she would have access to all of your emails, Facebook account, text messages, call logs, etc. Essentially, your entire life would be open in front of this random person. And unlike diaries, your smartphone is far more likely to get stolen in this day and age. In fact, smartphone theft has seen a sharp spike in recent years. So then how do you protect your privacy if your smartphone gets stolen? Or even better: is there a way to get your phone back after it’s been stolen? Why, yes, there is. That is, if you have Cerberus installed on your smartphone.
Cerberus is quite possibly the best security app out for Android phones. Upon installing the app on your phone, you will be able to remotely control your smartphone from any web browser by simply signing into the Cerberus website (www.cerberusapp.com).
Here is a list of all the remote commands available:
Get Device Info
Lock with code
Start alarm with a message
Get call log
Get SMS log
Start emergency mode
Stop emergency mode
Hide from app drawer
Show from app drawer
Wipe memory device
Wipe SD card
And these are just the remote commands. You can also set Cerberus to take a picture with the front facing camera and email you the picture if someone gets the password wrong (the number of times is adjustable). In fact, you can set Cerberus to notify you if any major changes in the device occur, such as if someone removed the SIM card from your phone. But that’s not all; if you have a rooted phone, you can install this application into the core Android system files, meaning even if your stolen phone gets completely wiped the app will survive and notify you.
This app is invaluable to anyone with the latest and best smartphone living in a big city. As mentioned earlier, smartphone thefts are on the rise, and chances are that if you ever accidently leave your phone somewhere, you probably will not find it again. A one-time purchase will allow you to have lifetime coverage of up to five devices.