Loosing your moko

Michele Renda michele.renda at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 07:35:17 CEST 2008

According me the sms or email solution is not ok for this reason:

When I steal the phone, the first thing that I will do is to turn off 
the phone. Then because I am afraid to be detected by cell I will change 
the internal sim, before to turn on it.

So: we need something that periodically send to a server well known, 
some info, crypted.
The data trasmitted will be very little, only sim number/serial, gps 
The server had to store it for a week, and to show to the owner of the 
phone: it can be useful to show the position to Google maps (I don't 
think it will be a problem with google api).

It can be also implemented the function, that if the server send an 
alarm to the phone, it start an emergency upload of contact list and 
messages, to recover at least the phonebook and the sms.

Sean Anderson wrote:
> I think the original idea was a sensible one, but I doubt many would be
> willing to risk losing all their data for the rare situation where it
> would be a security advantage.
> I think there is something to be said for nifty GPS features. I've lost
> my phone... why not SMS it and ask it to email me its location? :)
> Security-wise, however, it's a patchy strategy despite how cool it
> sounds. It isn't going to stop the physical phone being stolen, but to
> what extent can the Moko be encrypted to protect your data?
> Sean.
> On Thu, 2008-04-03 at 18:11 +0200, Sebastian Billaudelle wrote:
>> Hi there!
>> I thought about the risk of loosing the moko or of getting it
>> stolen...
>> I got the following idea:
>> If you can't find you 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.
>> cheers
>> Sebastian
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