NEW YORK–Sept. 30, 2008—Yougetitback.com, the innovative online service that helps people protect, recover and replace highly valued mobile devices, has enriched its “Mobile SuperHero” application with a geo-location capability to aid in tracking and recovering misplaced, lost or stolen valuables.
Yougetitback.com protects and helps recover mobile devices— such as smart phones, laptops, PDAs, iPods, cameras and more—while preserving the sensitive information they contain. Its premium service will even replace the device, if it is not recovered. The company launched its flagship “Mobile SuperHero” software as a service in North America in July for smartphones, including popular BlackBerry® devices from RIM; protection for iPhones® from Apple® is under development.
Now, Yougetitback.com has enhanced “Mobile SuperHero” with the ability to determine the actual physical location of a lost or stolen mobile device equipped with GPS or running the BlackBerry operating system 4.2 and above, or the Symbian operating system S60 2nd and 3rd editions. Many devices without GPS can be tracked via their proximity to individual wireless-network cell sites.
“Our ‘Mobile SuperHero’ supports more than 70 percent of smartphone devices globally and we believe that allowing people to track the precise location of their mobiles, should they be misplaced, lost or stolen, is added peace of mind for them,” said Yougetitback.com CEO Frank Hannigan.
The geo location feature allows people to learn whether their devices are stationary or moving, and to track the routes of lost or stolen devices if they are being moved. But because users’ privacy is paramount with Yougetitback.com, only account holders can track their devices’ locations.
“Mobile SuperHero” allows users to lock their lost or stolen devices remotely once they notice their devices are missing. Once devices are locked, finders or thieves cannot access owners’ personal information or messages, and cannot make calls. With the new geo location feature, users can lock their devices remotely if “Mobile SuperHero” tracks the devices to areas beyond those the users have designated for them.
“For example,” Hannigan said, “a user in New York may be surprised to learn that his or her missing device has been transported to Texas or California somehow. Was it lost or stolen? The user can lock the phone remotely because ‘Mobile SuperHero’ has tracked it.”
Hannigan said the new “Mobile SuperHero” geo location feature can be very useful in reporting the theft of a valuable device to authorities and has the added benefit of providing more information to law enforcement in tracking someone who stole the device or used it as part of another crime.
He added that, because Yougetitback.com truly is Internet-based software as a service, a user’s geo location protection continues even if the device’s SIM card and telephone number are changed. Yougetitback can identify the new phone number, which also can aid in tracking the finder or thief.
Yougetitback primarily provides programs for organizations and businesses that want protection for the assets of their employees, members and customers. The company also offers its services directly to consumers through its Web site.
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Yougetitback.com offers the first comprehensive approach to mobile device security, recovery and replacement. The service protects private and sensitive information on mobile phones, PDAs, laptops and other devices that have been misplaced, lost or stolen. Unique identification numbers are assigned to devices for three years. The owner can use the ID to have a missing device locked down to keep personal data away from prying eyes. A device finder can use the information on the tag to report the find and to arrange to have the device returned. Yougetitback offers a premium service that replaces the device if it is not recovered.