Corsoft has released an upgrade to its security software for Windows Mobile and PalmOS devices. In addition to deactivating lost or stolen phones remotely, "Warden" can now employ Bluetooth signals to warn users if they are leaving a phone behind, according to the company.
Warden's new locking feature is intended to lock accidentally abandoned phones, while also enabling them to cry out for help. The feature requires the phone to be paired with another device, such as a Bluetooth headset or watch. As soon as the paired device is carried out of range, the phone locks itself and then begins playing a user-defined recorded message.
CEO Chirag Patel commented, "People have gotten really creative with the messages they choose to have their phones play when they've left their cell phone behind. My own phone shouts out, 'Has anybody seen my Daddy?' in my daughter’s voice. This really captures attention."
Warden was released last month for Windows Mobile last month. Initially, it offered two locking features.
The first is a manual "local lock" that locks out all phone functions, but still enables the phone's use by Good Samaritans in case of emergencies. When manually put into this state by the user, the phone displays emergency contacts, allergies, medications, and other health information, while also permitting calls to 911 or another preconfigured number.
Warden also offers a "remote lock" feature aimed at letting users deactivate lost or stolen phones, via a LockMyMobile.com website maintained by Corsoft (screenshot above). Once a phone has been deactivated, it becomes inaccessible except for displaying selected contact information, such as how much money is offered for the phone's return. The phone also becomes incapable of receiving incoming calls, except for numbers explicitly whitelisted by the owner, Corsoft says.
Warden, available now, costs about $25.