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Security Software Takes Selfies in Phone Thefts Cases

Lookout Mobile has created a security system the company says uses your phone’s own camera to take a “selfie” of the perpetrator.

The company says the software will also automatically send that photo and the present location of your phone to you via email if it detects suspicious activities indicating your phone may have been snatched, according to a report in Small Business Trends.

Customers buying Lookout’s premium package get the new security features. Those who have already downloaded the security system’s free version will also get this new feature grandfathered in, said Small Business Trends.

The security system is triggered by actions perpetrators often perform after stealing a phone, David Richardson, Lookout lead product manager for Apple operating systems told C/Net.

"These actions might include entering an incorrect passcode multiple times, removing the phone’s SIM card, trying to uninstall security, putting the phone in “airplane mode” or switching it off. Actions that trigger the security precautions depend on limitations imposed by the phone’s operating system," said Small Business Trends.

"The software also allows you to immediately notify police and your carrier of the theft and also lock and wipe your phone’s data remotely. Of course, the system isn’t perfect, C/Net reports. For example, the phones wireless could be cut before it has a chance to send the alert," said Small Business Trends.

A personal premium service is available for $3 a month and a business account allows you to secure multiple devices connected to your company’s network, whether owned by you or your employees.

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