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SmrtGuard your smartphone

Published:Saturday | April 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Gordon Swaby, Gleaner Writer

With cellphone theft still prevalent, particularly pilferage of high-end smartphones such as the BlackBerry, it would be prudent for owners of these devices to ensure that their investment is properly secure.

Thankfully, technology makes this is easier now more than ever.

What if it were possible for you to wipe, call, listen in on the smartphone surroundings, audio ping (in case your phone is on silent) and uninstall key applications like the Phone App, Password Keeper, Facebook, instant messaging (MSN, BBM, Yahoo, AIM, etc.) and the email/SMS apps remotely from the convenience of a computer?

Well, if you own a BlackBerry, you're in luck because you can do all that and more for free.

SmrtGuard (pronounced 'Smart Guard') is a smartphone security software that provides "wireless backup and restoration, device tracking, and remote data-wiping services".

back up critical information

Its patent-pending technologies allow mobile users to back up contacts, SMS, email and other critical information on their mobile devices. In addition, it allows users to locate and track mobile devices from its web dashboard.

But it doesn't stop there. Imagine being in a situation of having no idea where your loved one is, SmrtGuard has the ability to listen into the surroundings of the mobile device remotely.

With SmrtGuard, it's easy for a loved one to log into a web dashboard provided by SmrtGuard to check your location provided your cellphone is on.

SmrtGuard offers data protection - data backup - free for 30 days, after which you may extend for US$3.99 (J$360) per month.

It's a no-brainer really; Smrtguard is one application all BlackBerry users should have running on their devices.

Visit for more information.

Ensure you have an active data plan from a mobile provider to make use of this service.

Accuracy is dependent on cell-tower density and available data, SmrtGuard's distributors say.

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