How to format and clean mobile devices remotely

By Siddharth Parwatay | Published on 09 Dec 2013
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  • A handy guide to let you know how to remotely wipe the data off your mobile device. Hey, you may need to do it someday yourself.

How to format and clean mobile devices remotely

Our mobile phone, laptop, and now tablets have so much of our personal data on them. Surely the thought of losing these devices must’ve crossed your mind. In such an unfortunate situation you’ll most likely think of whether you can find your lost/stolen device. Is there a way to install a software equivalent of a lojack on your device? And if all else fails is there a way to remotely wipe at least your sensitive data? Sometimes as a last resort wiping your data is the only way to protect it from falling into the wrong hands. In the tips below we’ll discuss the various options available.

For the Droids
An application called Android Lost is your ray of hope when this unfortunate calamity occurs. Install it from the Android Market (now Google Play) and you’ll be able to control your phone from www.androidlost.com . The app allows you to remotely perform various tasks such as locate your phone via GPS, forward calls, lock the device, and erase data. All you have to do is configure your phone with the service and it will show up on the website for your bidding. 

Remote wipe your laptop
The most popular free application to help you find, recover, and remotely erase the data on your laptop is Prey. It’s OpenSource, lightweight and cross platform with versions for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu. The software sits in the background and allows you to perform many tasks remotely. These include gathering info on the device's location, hardware and network status, and trigger specific actions on it such as a remote wiping passwords. You can download Prey from http://preyproject.com/download or find a suitable version for your system on the Omega DVD. 

 
iWipe that iPhone
There’s a neat little feature within the iPhone too that lets you delete data remotely. This is enabled through iCloud and obviously requires an apple id. If your device runs on iOS 5, simply visit www.icloud.com and click on find my iPhone. But before this you must ensure that you’ve enabled the Find My iPhone feature in the iCloud settings menu of your device. Once the feature is enabled on your device and say you’ve lost it, you can firstly find the device location and additionally even perform a remote wipe by simply visiting the website. 
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