Loosing your moko

Denis shulyaka at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 00:54:08 CEST 2008

We can also set up a fake-reflashing button so that we will be able to
get information from the device even after 'reflashing'.

2008/4/4, beren at kabelweb.at <beren at kabelweb.at>:
> About the "we can do nothing if the phone is turned off by the thief
> immediately" - maybe we can do at least something:
> - implement the regular shutdown via a hidden menu entry, maybe with a
>   password
> - if the phone is instead turned off via the (hardware) power button of the
>   Neo we just fake a power-off by displaying a shutdown animation and turn
> off
>   the LCD and speaker.
> In this case it's even an advantage if the thief tried to turn off the phone
> because then we can be really sure that the phone is in illegitimate hands
> (as it might be that a good soul finds your lost phone and tries to return
> it
> to you/the police).
> After the fake-shutdown, the phone sets the THEFT_IN_PROGRESS flag and does
> all the fancy things you mentioned before:
> - encrypting/uploading/erasing the data
> - calling owner/police with GPS/GSM-cell location
> etc...
> Some more (exotic) things which came to my mind:
> - record and upload ambience to maybe catch the voice of the thief
> - setting volume to max and play a "The holder of this phone is currently
>   stealing it, the rightful owner and the police have been called 15 minutes
>   ago and know about your current location - drop it now and run like hell
> or
>   face the consequences" :o)
> - auto-accept a voice-call and make hanging-up impossible - that way you
> might
>   get the chance to talk him out of stealing your phone
> Of course - if he rips out the battery right after he finds it we really
> can't
> do much about it but if someone is paranoid enough he could probably make it
> very hard to open the case (-> superglue ;o)
> And if the thief does not turn off the phone, we could still trigger the
> THEFT_IN_PROGRESS mode by a coded SMS message.
> I'm pretty sure that the Neo could be made one of the hardest-to-steal
> phones
> ever :o)
> -- beren
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