02/26/2010, 11:34 AM
So, I recently had my phone stolen. I got a replacement, and decided to see if there are any phone tracking apps. That led to discovering "Where Is My Pre", which I'm now signed up for and using.
This also got me thinking... Even a thief of average knowledge will quickly learn that there are such apps, and will make a point of disabling them. It seems like there ought to be a number of solutions to that problem, but I don't know how feasible they are. I'd appreciate any thoughts from developers on the following:
1) Make an app uninstallable without a password
2) Make an app invisible (no icon-- only accessible via universal search)
3) Make the icon and name user-determined-- when the app is installed, the user can select (or create, such as from a photo) an icon and a name for the app. That way my "I'm gonna find and beat you, sucka!" app appears to the thief as "Falafel Restaurant Finder".
4) Make a "false" uninstaller-- if the thief tries to uninstall the app via the "obvious" method, the device screams its electronic brains out via SMS, email, IM, etc, giving its location to you in as many ways as possible.
Are any of these possible with current tools? How about with Palm help? Obviously, in some cases, the thief will just pull the battery. If they're at all interested in expanding on their crime, though, such as by ID theft, these might be helpful.