It could be devastating when you lose an iPhone or not happen to find one. Every detail of our lives is successfully stored in these mini gadgets and the moment we are unable to locate a device, dark thoughts invade us. From involving the risk of information exposure to unable to get help in times of emergencies, anything can go wrong when you are not with your device.
Luckily, the market today is practically brimming with multitudes of tracking software and spying apps to locate lost cell phones. However, how far is this software applicable? Do they really perform as well as their creators claim? Fortunately, with iPhone, you shall never have to know the answers as Find My iPhone feature installed in every Apple device helps locate your phone in emergencies. However, if you are looking for an alternative there are tons of other similar apps that provide additional features to tweak the potential of their purpose.
Before trying to activate the Find My iPhone service through iCloud or the app installed, you need to make sure that your data is secure. It is always recommended to begin by securing your iPhone with a password and a fingerprint lock. Secondly, it is time for damage control. Log out of all accounts in your iPhone by using your Mac or another device.
It is better to inform the authorities, nevertheless, to speed up the process of finding your device. Locating an iPhone from a Mac is fairly simple, as the latter, too, is an Apple device. Besides the Find My iPhone feature you can also install tracking apps on your Mac to locate an iPhone. Although iPhone comes with plenty of backup options in case you lose the priceless gadgets, the Apple Store is not shy of providing you with numerous alternative options.
There are several tracking apps online claiming to be bestsellers. While most of them are compatible with Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows, a majority of them appear to be frauds after installation. How are customers supposed to differentiate between an authentic spying app and a swindle? Experts and tech engineers claim two distinctly outstanding apps that provide you with a more precise location update.
One of the leading ways to identify a fraud application from a genuine one is by assessing their subscription packs. If an app claims to perform a myriad of functions free of cost, it is possibly scamming you. iHound, on the contrary, justifies their expensive price tag by adding a plethora of features to help locate your iPhone.
For $3.99/month iHound, besides providing excellent tracking services, even monitors your morning jog and your kid’s arrival at the school. The app tweaked its functionality radically by including the geo-fencing feature. This feature notifies your Mac about your phone crossing the boundary set on the map of your iPhone. The app constantly updates you on the location of your phone. It will also send you Yelp alerts in case your iPhone has checked in to a Yelp restaurant, building or service.
Its tracking features are one of the best in the market, as it not only includes GPS and Wi-Fi tracking abilities but also cell tower triangulation. It will allow you to track your iPhone on multiple devices and even updates you on any substantial location change. You can set iHound prior to losing your device for emitting different alarm sounds.
One of the most expensive iPhone tracking software for Mac, Undercover charges a whopping $49 for its installation but its array of benefits seem to be worth it. There are two versions of the software and naturally the iPhone version is cheaper. Undercover comes with one flaw: it attempts to locate the device via GPS, Wi-Fi or cell tower triangulation only depending on what is obtainable on the device. If you try the Mac version of Undercover then you can even be able to take sneaky photos via the webcam, take screenshots and even avail the keylogging feature. However, a Mac being stolen is much less likely to happen than an iPhone being lost/stolen.
Undercover does one smart trick for the last cry for help. It stagnates the screen of your Mac by displaying a hardware error, which ultimately forces the thief to take it in for repair. It is then that you can display the information that your Mac is actually a stolen possession. The mobile version of Undercover is even smarter. Since the app does not run on the background, the thief is actually required to run the app. Since it is practically impossible for a thief to weave his own trap, the app disguises itself as a game constantly pushing URLs and creating messages in order to get the thief to use it.
The moment the thief runs the app, Undercover immediately sends the location update to your Mac. Also, every data it sends is encrypted in transit as it forwards data via SSL.
While Undercover and iHound managed to stand out of the crowd, several other apps offer services close to these two. Some of the honourable mentions include:
Prey is the only tracking app available on the Apple Store that comes with an open source code. Hence, you can tweak or modify the app prior installation. There is a paid and an unpaid version of this app. The paid version enables you to take photos from the stolen iPhone, transmit your data via SSL and update location on demand.
If you are baffled by the plethora of functions that many apps come with, try XySpy App. It performs the most basic task of locating your iPhone via cell tower triangulation, GPS or Wi-Fi with utmost precision.
Another mainstream iPhone tracking app, GadgetTrak will find your iPhone only within a matter of hours. In addition, its creators claim of securing the backend database in a physically secured data centre.