Cerberus Phone Security (Antitheft)

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    Cerberus Phone Security (Antitheft)

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    Published: 2011-08-26, by Manu Galvez.

    Cerberus lets you monitoring and controlling remotely your phone when it gets lost or robbed

    • Web dashboard to control remotely your device
    • Monitor and manage your lost phone via SMS
    • Amount of features: call log, take a picture, wipe...
    • Just 6 days trial, then you have to buy license ($2.99)

    "The ultimate weapon anti-thieves"

    Cerberus is divided in two parts: the mobile app and the web version ( They work together to offer a comprehensive security service. For this reason you need to register by providing an e-mail and password to log in the web version. The e-mail will be used just in case you forget your password or to receive alerts when you lost your phone.

    There are two ways to control remotely your phone: through the website and via SMS (keywords). After registering, you will receive an Welcome e-mail and a attached list with the SMS codes you have to sent to enable/disable specific features. However, it's way more handy to access through the web (in case you can). What you can perform basically is:

    Start/stop tracking: it locates your phone on the map (you need to have enabled GPS, and better if you also have network enabled)

    Get device info: it shows the IP, WiFi network you are connected to (if you're so), operator, suscriptor ID, SIM Card and IMEI.

    Lock/unlock with code: set a password to lock screen

    Start alarm with a message: It starts ringing the alarm with a messages to the thief (e.g. give me back my phone!)

    Display a message: it shows a personal message in your phone screen

    Get call log/Get SMS log: it displays on the website your call and SMS logs

    Record audio: It records an audio track. You can set the time from the website (maximum 300s)

    Take a picture: It takes a picture using your front camera (it your device has one). Otherwise it takes the picture using the back camera. The picture is sent to your e-mail.

    Hide/show from app drawer: It hide the app "Cerberus" from the app drawer. Actually it doesn't hide it, but when you try to launch the app it says "This app isn't installed in your device".

    Wipe device memory/SDcard: In order to protect your data, you can wipe both internal and external card. You will have to allow it first from the app.

    What's more, from the app you can set automatic commands when the one who has taken your phone does specific stuff. For example, you can enable taking a picture automatically when the thief introduce a wrong unlock pattern, when he/she stops the alarma or when he/she closes the message sent via web or SMS.

    Finally, from SIM Checker configurator you can set up to three mobile phones that will receive an SMS when a non-authorized SIM card is introduced in your device (you can also select sending alert when the device is booted without SIM card). This SMS could include the following info: device location, non-authorized SIM card info. If you want to, an alert will be send also to your e-mail.

    Cerberus has been developed by LSDdroid, an emerging developer focused on security apps, who has done a great job with this app. So far, the best anti-thieft app for Android (it's a pity that there's only 6-days trial). However, if there's one app that deserves paying (just $2.99) for it, this is Cerberus. Must-have.

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    by Emmanuel , Appszoom

    Aug 26, 2011


    Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device. It's not just a "find my phone" app or a phone tracker, Cerberus has many unique features that make it the perfect app to locate your phone or tablet, identify the thief and get back your device.

    Install Cerberus and try it for free for one week, then you can buy a license for your account from within the app or from the web dashboard.

    It has three ways to protect your device. These are the "3 heads" of Cerberus:
    - Remote control through the website
    - Remote control via SMS (text messages) from another phone
    - Automatic alerts

    This app uses the Device Administrator permission.


    Remote control allows you to perform many operations on your lost or stolen device, like:
    - Locate and track it
    - Lock the device with a code
    - Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode
    - Display a message that stays on the screen, and also make your device speak the message
    - Take pictures, screenshots and even record videos, to identify the thief
    - Get the location history, to see where the device has been in the past
    - Wipe the internal memory and the SD card, to protect your personal data
    - Record audio from the microphone
    - Get a list of last calls sent and received
    - Get information about cell phone network and WiFi network the device is connected to, and nearby WiFi networks
    - Start a remote shell (SSH-like), to execute commands as if the device were connected to your computer with a USB cable
    - And much more!


    Cerberus can automatically perform actions when some conditions are met. For instance, it will send email/SMS alerts if the SIM card is changed (see the "SIM checker" section of the settings) and it will email you a photo of the thief when a wrong unlock code is entered (section "Automatic photo capture").
    You can also set your own rules, see the "AutoTask" section! From there you can set geofencing (alerts when the phone exits or enters an area) and a lot of more automatic actions and alerts.


    From within the app configuration, you can enable some options to make difficult for the thief to disable or uninstall Cerberus. Make sure to enable the "Device Administration" functionality and the "Protect device admin" option. Also you can block the Power Menu to prevent the thief from shutting down the device, and block access to the status bar in the lock screen, so nobody would be able to change the quick settings in Lollipop (Android 5.0) and later versions.

    If you have rooted your device you can install Cerberus as a system application and get many additional features, including complete uninstall protection (Cerberus will survive a factory reset) and GPS auto-enabling when you start tracking the device. See the Help page on our website for more information on that.
    The app works even if the device does not have an internet connection thanks to remote control by sms messages. Also, the SIM Checker feature allows you to know the new number to send texts to, if the SIM card is changed.

    If you have an Android Wear smartwatch, make sure to check the "Wearable device" section of the app settings: you will find many useful and cool features.

    Please read the Help page on our website (, it has the answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions not covered there, feature requests or experience any issues, contact us at and we will be happy to help!

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