Android devices running on the latest nightly build of CyanogenMod ROM should now be seeing a new service called CyanogenMod Account. This is present in the nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.1 and 10.2 from September 10th, 2013 onwards and secures a device by locating it in case it is lost or wiping out its data remotely.
Flashing the latest nightly build will prompt you to create a new account on startup. You will still be able to use your device if you opt not to create an account however you will be missing out on certain new features such as “Find My Phone” which needs a CyanogenMod Account to use.
Setting up an account is easy since all you need is an email address and a password. You will then have to decide to either use GPS, mobile data or Wi-Fi to determine your exact location and that’s pretty much it.
You can log in to your account on the website to manage your devices. Right now you will be able to locate your device on a map and send out a signal to remotely delete its data. More features will be added in the near future.
This isn’t the first service that’s offering a locate and wipe feature for Android devices however the CyanogenMod team says that it is the most secure. It is based on open source code that can be inspected by anyone. Communication between the browser or device and the servers use SSL encryption. Passwords are not sent to the servers in plaintext and finding your device or wiping out its data cannot be done unless the password is authenticated first.
For those concerned about privacy issues the team has announced that they will never sell your information to anyone. Certain information is required, such as email, for the service to work.
Now that this service is present in the nightly builds it is only a matter of time before it will make its way to the release candidate and stable builds.