How to: Wipe your Android phone

Smartphones aren't smart enough to wipe themselves of personal or business data when stolen or lost, but wiping a phone remotely keeps your information out of the wrong hands. Here are options for Android handsets.

Smartphones aren’t smart enough to wipe themselves of personal or business data when stolen or lost, but wiping a phone remotely keeps your information out of the wrong hands. Here are options for Android handsets.

Download a third-party app: Android users have two third-party apps to choose from: Neevo’s Mobile Defense (free) and McAfee’s WaveSecure ($20 per year). Both have wiping capability. At this writing, however, Mobile Defense has been suspended for new users, with release of a new version pending. SeekDroid is just $1 and can track and remote wipe or lock your phone.

Activate a remote wipe: If you’ve lost your phone, and you’re using Mobile Recovery, go into your Mobile Recovery account and select Secure Phone. To wipe the handset, select Erase Contacts and Lock Phone.

With WaveSecure’s service, sending a simple text message can wipe your phone. Check wavesecure.com for the appropriate message formatting.

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