Loosing your moko

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 19:39:20 CEST 2008

I think it would be quite likely that a phone thief/finder would
change the SIM, either because they want to use it themselves, or
because they want to sell it. I'd do the following:

Set up a script so that the phone regularly connects to a server you
control, downloads the contents of a folder executes them. Say once
every six hours, just for argument's sake. The contents of this folder
would usually be empty, but as soon as you realised that your phone
was missing you upload the GPS/SMS/mass deletion script that you've
been saving for months. That way, it doesn't matter about whatever the
bad folk has done to your phone (as long as the flash hasn't been
wiped); it will connect up (you'll discover it's IP address - likely
to be useful) and will execute the commands you want.

This is something I'm probably going to look into implementing within
a corporate environment within the near future.


On 03/04/2008, Ian Darwin <ian at darwinsys.com> wrote:
> Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
> >
> > > I thought about the risk of loosing the moko or of getting it stolen...
> > >
> > > I got the following idea:
> > > If you can't find your moko, you only have to send an SMS with a special
> keyword/passphrase to your moko.
> > > It recognises the special text and sends the current coordinates to a
> server. So you can see it's position.
> > >
> >
> > Hehe...sounds fun.
> >
>  For sure. But there are two approaches; this one assumes the bad guy won't
> change (or just remove) the SIM card, which is possible but not likely. The
> other one (which I thought of ages ago but which Michele Renda just
> explained again quite well) still works if the BG changes the SIM, as long
> as there's a SIM card in place (or if you have a FreeRunner if you're in
> WiFi coverage).
>  But of course neither will work if the bad guy is tech-savvy enough to
> reload the flash. And we won't say any more because those guys know how to
> use Google!
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