A new feature in an app will alert the owner of a smartphone as to who stole, or is trying to snoop, in their device. According to Digital Trends
, Lookout Security & Antivirus has made a recent update to its app.
Called the Lock Cam, it works in conjunction with Android devices and uses a device's front-facing camera to snap a picture of anyone trying to break into a smartphone or tablet.
If the thief, or nosy person, tries to crack the device's password, three strikes and they are out. After three unsuccessful tries to unlock the gadget, a photo is snapped and the image immediately emailed to the gadget's owner. Other information sent in the message includes the GPS location of where the smartphone is currently located.
To use this app, the user must have an Android 2.3 or higher, the Android lock screen engaged and possess front-facing camera hardware. The updated app, which became available this past week, also provides the user with additional information, such as an ability to log into the Lookout website and view the device's location history, noted Digital Trends.
"You can then use this information to take steps to further protect your device, like changing or strengthening your password," the company said in a blog post
, noting that people lose a phone "on average once per year and many don't get it back".
For those who opt into the Premium version of the app, they will see additional features including an ability to lock the phone remotely; additionally, ability to add a customized message to notify anyone finding a lost phone how to return it to its rightful owner is also available.
The company has put out a YouTube video
which briefly demonstrates how the app feature works: