WaveSecure Shows Love to Rooted Users

WaveSecure, one of the top security Android apps, showed some love to the rooted community last week in an email newsletter.  They featured an entire section and blog post on how you can use WaveSecure even more effectively by rooting your device.  It’s not very often that we see a mainstream Android app talk about the risks and rewards of rooting your device.  Pretty sweet though, right?

The point of the article was to show users how to root and then place WaveSecure in their system apps folder to allow for extra security…

-WaveSecure can be made hard reset proof! This means you can make WaveSecure a part of your “system” and a simple factory reset of the phone will not remove it. It will, however, erase all WaveSecure settings from the phone. For our rooted users we have modified WaveSecure to fetch these settings from the server automatically. This way, if you have set your phone to be locked, it will even survive a factory reset.

-WaveSecure has the ability to start GPS automatically even if it has been switched off. Network location can be inaccurate with error of up to 2 km. GPS lets WaveSecure pin point the location of your phone more accurately. Of course, the phone will need to get a GPS fix for it to work.

They also provided instructions on how to install it into /system/apps…

This is the simplest way of getting this done. You’ll need a recovery image like Amon RA or ClockworkMod installed on your phone which can install update.zip files.

1.  You can download the latest WaveSecure in the form of update.zip
2.  Put the update.zip file on the memory card of your phone
3.  Restart the phone into the recovery console
4.  Install update.zip

Got to love seeing a company like this that has really taken off show support to the rooted community. Maybe this will help other big time app developers join in on the party?

(Not rooted yet?  Check out our full “Guide to rooting 2.1.“)

Also, if you aren’t familiar with WaveSecure, check out the comparison we did between it, Lookout, and Mobile Defense back in our early days.

Source: WaveSecure Blog

Cheers Tyler!

man robbed at gunpoint over motorola droid

in random motorola droid news of the week, a college student in new jersey was robbed at gunpoint while crossing the street near his campus.  apparently, there were a number of items stolen from him including his droid which the author deemed important enough to specifically mention…

The victim said that’s when Carlisle arrived and the pair repeatedly threatened to shoot the dorm resident while taking his three cell phones, including a Motorola Droid, and his wallet, reports said.

while i’m not laughing at the actual robbery, i do find a few of things mentioned pretty comical.  the first being the fact that this college student had 3 cell phones on him.  who needs 3 cell phones and what college kid can afford that many?  the second thing being that the author didn’t mention any of the other phones by name.  (must be a droid owner.)  oh, and the fact that his wallet, which most would consider as the most important item, barely made the list.

hopefully he read our comparison post on lookout, wavesecure and mobile defense!

wavesecure vs. mobile defense vs. lookout

there have been many questions surrounding the abundance of security applications out there for your android device and we decided it was time to finally compare the big three:  wavesecure, mobile defense and lookout.  (all are currently free.)

to start off this review, check out this chart we threw together comparing the different options involved in each application…

after looking at that chart, your initial reaction would probably be to want to go out and grab wavesecure immediately.  and sure, it’s a great app, but the one thing you’ll notice missing, is the scheduling aspect.  i find that scheduling is my best friend when it comes to backup applications.  on your home pc, would you ever run a backup or anti-virus scan if you had to do it manually or do you just set those bad boys up to run in the background?

lookout on the other hand, which is the application i currently have installed on my droid runs scheduling but is definitely missing some key features including backups of call logs, videos, and texts messages.  i love that it runs my backup at night while i’m asleep, but i’m not sure how much longer i can go without being able to backup the dozens of videos, thousands of texts, and call logs from my phone.

and mobile defense, as you may have guessed, is miles behind the other two.  the app installs on your phone and immediately goes into hiding and is only accessible from their website.  you can connect to your device from their site which is nice, but the options just aren’t there yet.  they have notices on their website confirming updates in the future which will allow backups and wipes, but right now, doesn’t have either as a feature.

my verdict?  all of the applications do a fantastic job at the security aspect of their functionality which is locating your device if it is ever lost or stolen.  so it really comes down to those few key additional features then.  do you like scheduling or do you want to be able to backup your videos, texts and call logs?  i’m sticking with lookout for now, but if they refuse to add an option for video, text and call log backup, our relationship may end much sooner than they know.

additional info:

wavesecure:  https://www.wavesecure.com/
mobile defense:  https://www.mobiledefense.com
lookout:  https://www.mylookout.com

your questions?

q:  do wavesecure and mobile defense use international sms? 
a:  both have confirmed changes made to their systems so that international sms texts are no longer charged to u.s. customers.  (not sure what that means for the rest of the world just yet.)

q:  do anti-virus programs for android really work?
a: a great question.  since android is a linux-based os, most believe that it is not susceptible to viruses and that anti-virus software can in the long run, cause problems to your phone.  i use lookout, but i have disabled my anti-virus protection.