My Nexus 7 was stolen, pretty sure I am SOL. Next steps?
So my girlfriend called me bawling this morning because it seems that someone stole my nexus 7 she was borrowing for a few days.
I am fairly confident its long gone, but I want to make sure I am secure, as my e-mail and stuff was logged in.
So how should I protect myself? I am rooting through my Google Account security page to revoke access to my email. I use 2 factor authentication whenever possible so I am reasonably safe. Anything else I should remember to do?
I guess I'll wait for the rumoured new nexus tablet before I get another.
I use Delayed Lock (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.j...) with its SMS lock plugin, which invokes a lock screen when it receives a preconfigured SMS (default I believe being "LOCKED"). It also offers wipe on several failed unlock attempts.
Besides that one, I also have Lookout (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....) installed on my N7 (but not on my phone, dunno why), which offers a locate-my-phone feature.
That being said, there is still a glimpse of hope. Lookout offers another app called Plan B (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....) which you're supposed to install (remotely, via Play Store) after your phone has been lost/stolen.
Edit: As Trevor pointed out, Plan B works on older Android devices (2.0-2.3).
@BlagoJones suggested Where's My Droid (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....) as a better alternative for a phone (currently not available for tablets). Thanks Blago.
Edit2: It just struck me that I also have Prey (preyproject.com) installed, which can have the upper hand as it is available for desktop OSes as well as for mobile OSes.
Lookout works on N7 and probably will on other tablets. Siren can be triggered and it display the coordinates of the device. Other options such as wipe and lock are available in premium version.
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At any rate, I have changed my passwords so I imagine its not long until I can't actually install apps remotely on it
Where's my droid seems like a better alternative for a phone. I'll give it a try on my GNE :) Thanks BlagoJones.
I am gonna take these app suggestions and look them over seriously this time
What I'd advise is logging into any available Web interfaces of apps you use to see if you can change your passwords. Changing passwords should immediately prevent unauthorized access to (and use of) those apps.
I don't suppose you used a pattern or PIN to lock your device, did you? In many cases, that would prevent the average person from accessing your device. He/she would simply have to wipe the device clean to use it again.
Sorry I'm not much help! Short of recovering your tablet for you....
I appreciate the advice. I don't use a pin lock because usually I am neurotic about not losing anything. I never really leave my stuff unattended
Good thing you have 2-factor enabled. I'd double-check your Google Wallet activity just to make sure the thief isn't buying apps or media on the Play Store using your tablet. There might be a way for Google to block your wallet account so I'd contact support just in case.
I use lookout but I'm hearing good things about AirDroid.
Good thing I/O is just around the corner! Hopefully a successor to the n7 will be announced.