When the Samsung Galaxy S4 was first announced by Samsung the company said that it will soon be able to take advantage of the LoJack technology. This security software is able to track, locate, secure, and return your device in case it got lost. The recent firmware update released in the United States has now made it possible for the S4 and the S4 Active to use LoJack for $30/year.
Samsung says that the LoJack app is deeply embedded into the firmware of the device that it is persistent even if numerous factory resets were made.
Absolute Software, the company behind LoJack, says that “LoJack For Mobile Devices partnered with Samsung to provide you a hardware and a software solution that survives a hard reset, wipe or factory reset. That means the software will continue to work even if the phone has been wiped or restored to its original settings. We call it “Persistent”.”
According to statistics 100 mobile phones are stolen every minute in the United States. It is therefore vital to secure smartphones, especially the high-ones such as the S4. The problem is not losing the smartphone, which can easily be replaced, but in losing the data that is stored in it. Most people today store personal information on their devices and this could end up in the wrong hands.
LoJack’s Absolute theft Recovery Team will be the one responsible in tracking and finding a lost smartphone. The team will be working with law enforcement personnel to recover a missing device. If the device is totally lost then the data stored in it can be remotely deleted so that nobody can access it.
If you own a Galaxy S4 or a Galaxy S4 Active and are interested in this service all you have to do is go to the company website and register your device. You will also have to make the required $29.99 payment which comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
The recent updates released by Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T now allow their S4 and S4 Active models to take advantage of LoJack. It’s only the T-Mobile version of the devices that can’t use this security feature yet since the new updates haven’t been pushed yet.
UPDATE (7/23/2013): Now available with all carriers