Lost / stolen smartphone. what to do immediately after detecting a loss
A smartphone in our time is a universal assistant in everything from simple calls, work to entertainment. Besides the fact that a smartphone is an expensive thing, it usually contains a lot of valuable data. Sometimes information can be much more expensive than the device itself, since many people store passwords, photos, open accounts on social networks on their smartphone, and so on.
You have lost your phone or stolen it. What should be done immediately after the discovery of the loss? We must act quickly and not panic.
- We call the missing phone 1-2 times to make sure that they have not forgotten it at home or with friends.
- We recall the last time they held the phone in their hands.
- We determine the possible places for losing the phone.
- If there are assistants, then we each go to one of the likely places of loss. When everything is in place. we call the phone to try to find it by sound.
- If you are looking for a smartphone yourself, then you should not call. Gradually carefully inspect each of the alleged places of loss.
- If there are no results and the phone is probably stolen, then with the help of applications and programs we try to block it, delete information remotely and track the location.
- If the smartphone is expensive and the above items did not give a result, then try to find it by imei (if available). To search for a phone by having it in Ukraine, you must contact the law enforcement authorities.
Tips for further searching for missing equipment
The loss or theft of a smartphone can turn into a real tragedy for any user, so it’s better to prepare for it in advance.
After purchasing a smartphone on the android platform, go to android.com/find and log in to your Google account. If you use multiple devices, select the one at the top of the page.
Be safe in advance: “bind” the android to your Google account, then you can track it using the search function via GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks. Or call, even if the SIM card is reinstalled.
- To enable the search function, go to "Settings" → "Security" → "Device Administrators"
- Confirm with a tick that you allow services to lock the screen, change the graphic password and delete data from the phone. Get activated.
Now you can control the device at a distance when you enter Google, provided that it is connected to the Internet and its accounts are saved.
To search for the location of the phone:
- go to the browser search;
- select the menu and click on "my account";
- Scroll down
- select "search phone".
To access, you need to enter the password from your Google account. After that, the service immediately determines the location of the gadget.
To protect your android iphone, connect the Find iPhone feature. In the future, you can block, send SMS and determine the location of the phone, even if it is not connected to the Internet. When it is online, the changes will take effect.
- Go to icloud.com/find from your computer.
- Launch the Find My iPhone program.
- If the application does not appear, be aware that your account only has access to iCloud web features. To access, configure iCloud on your iOS device or Mac.
- Click "All devices", select yours for tracking / blocking.
- Click "Lost Mode" (iOS 6 or later) or "Lock" (iOS 5 or OS X 10.7.5 or later). He will block the device with a password. Follow the instructions on the display.
How to find information about a person by phone number
We begin to try to find for free on the Internet a person’s phone number. on social networks and public messengers. This is more about finding young people. In instagram, vibera, telegram, skype, twitter, tinder, you can find information about the owner of the phone number.
If viber is installed in your smartphone, then adding the phone number to your contact list, information about the owner appears, provided that it is registered in the vibe. By creating a message to this subscriber and clicking on the arrow to send a message, you can see his location, and he will also see yours.
Accounts in different social networks are often interconnected. Thus, recognizing a person by phone number in one social network, you can find a lot of information about him in other social networks, if the accounts are in the public domain.
After another scandal, facebook blocked access to mobile phone numbers of account owners. But if you find a person in other social networks, then Facebook can be useful.
The owner of the phone number could appear in ads on the trading floors of OLX, Prom, NewAuction and others. To alder, you can recognize a person by phone number only if his number in the ad is not hidden.
If it was not possible to find information by phone number through social networks, look for the base of mobile phones that are on the Internet or markets. They are usually outdated and this option will work if the person has not changed the mobile operator for a long time.
You can use the services of search agencies or special services on the Internet and spyware, but you will have to pay for them. These methods are not entirely legal.
Alternatively, contact the office of the mobile operator and write down the reasons for the appeal in the application. If your reasons are deemed convincing, company representatives will provide some information. Although hope for this option is currently not worth it. The legislation of Ukraine prohibits the disclosure of personal data of a person without her consent. In addition, operators may not have data about a person if he has not registered with this mobile anywhere. Finding a person by phone number in Ukraine is more difficult, because when you buy a SIM card, registration with your last name, first name, middle name, company and organization is not needed, unlike other countries.
If there is a situation of a criminal nature, you can find out by phone number of a person by contacting the law enforcement bodies: police, prosecutor’s office, SBU. Claims and claims should be submitted. After the opening of the criminal proceedings, law enforcement agencies will be able to obtain information about the subscriber of the mobile number by operational methods.
Often there is a need to find the location of a person by phone number (children, relatives, employees). This will help services and applications for mobile devices.
1. "A child under supervision" from Vodafone (MTS).
The service is paid, the action extends to almost the entire territory of Ukraine, but preliminary connection is required. You can use it through the Internet service www.poisk.vodafone.ua or send an SMS request from your mobile to number 7005.
The service is paid, the action covers almost the whole of Ukraine, preliminary connection is not required. You can also use it via the Web-interface or SMS, MMS by sending a request.
Other operators have similar search services, but everyone has a condition. the consent of the subscriber they are looking for. The principle of tracking the location of the phone is via GPS, therefore it must be turned on.
This application will help in finding the location of children, relatives, friends in real time. It also provides information on the battery level in their devices. The application works on both iOS and Android, but for iPhones it’s paid. By clicking on the SOS button, you can find the person’s phone number and find out where he is.
- The Android Device Manager service is for android smartphones. With it, you can find a smartphone or tablet and remotely block them, having access to your Google account. To do this, you need a computer with Internet access.
- Find my iPhone app. A free service for iphone owners allows you to locate all your iOS devices, see the location on the map, and even get a route where you can find them. Also, the application will report the charge level of the desired phone. To access the information you will need a password from your iCloud account. As in previous cases, you need to download the application to the smartphone of the person you are looking for. The result is accurate to 1 m.
It is recommended to install such applications on the gadget immediately after purchase. The disadvantage of this service (as well as others) is that location data is sent via a connection via mobile Internet, Wi-Fi or GPS. Where there is no access to the network, location cannot be determined.
There are many similar applications for every taste and gadget. The principles of work are similar for everyone. The main thing is to pre-install the program on a smartphone and laptop.
Tips on what to do when stumbling into a phone scammer
If you can find a person by mobile number, you can be found in exactly the same way. This is actively used by scammers. They have in store many virtuoso ways to “breed” the townsfolk by an impressive amount of money. There are several signs to recognize telephone scams:
- Call from hidden phone numbers
- require a momentary decision;
- call for easy money;
- lure personal data;
- get nervous and confused when the conversation is not according to their scenario and you have questions.
What to do if you are faced with telephone scams?
- Try to keep calm and rational thinking, even if you have been informed of a major win.
- Do not provide strangers on the other side with personal information and confidential data.
- If you are allegedly being called by a law enforcement officer, specify his name, position and contact details of his superiors.
- Feel free to ask for the hotline number, whether it is a win in the lottery or a “call from the SBU”.
- In no case, under any circumstances, do not transfer money to a telephone stranger.
If you still lost your smartphone. also be prepared for a possible collision with scammers. Having received your personal data, scammers can start pumping money from bank cards.
Do not hesitate to contact law enforcement if you are in a situation involving telephone fraud.