Fixmo SafeWatch

Fixmo is a name we usually associate with enterprise mobile risk management solutions or government agency IT (they also make some great BlackBerry apps), but that also have a pretty comprehensive Android application in the works. Their upcoming SmartWatch app is designed to help folks like you and me to protect our device, our personal data, and our privacy.

It's more than just an Android malware scanner. If that's all they had to offer, we would just lump them in with the rest and move on. The malware scanner is included, but when coupled with things like call and SMS filtering and remote lock, locate, and wipe, SafeWatch is certainly worth a look. Check out the features.

  • Anti-virus scanning
  • Unsecure Wifi network alerts
  • Backup/restore of your personal contacts and photos
  • SMS/Call filtering
  • Locate, lock or wipe a lost or stolen device
  • Flag certain contacts in your address book as "private", hiding the phone logs and SMS messages to and from them
  • Make a device "scream" through a simple web-based console
  • Trigger device camera to send back a photo of what it can see through a simple web-based console
  • "Anti-loss triggers" that can detect certain behaviors that may suggest your device is lost or stolen, and automatically lock your phone and send you an alert so you can react before something bad happens.

It sounds like something many of us could use, from a company that big business and the government has trusted for years. The app is coming to Google Play soon for a monthly subscription fee, but Fixmo is offering Android Central readers a chance to join an exclusive beta program and try the app themselves today. Folks who get in on the beta also get a year of free service. Hit the link below and sign up to try. They are only accepting 500 users into the beta, so get in quickly if you're interested.

Sign up for the Fixmo SafeWatch beta

 
There are 23 comments

jean15paul says:

Sounds a lot like Lookout, which I already use.

mssca says:

Same here... I used Lookout Mobile since they started supporting on BlackBerry long time ago. (I used to have 9900). Wonder what makes this app differ from LookOut

jean15paul says:

I don't think Lookout does these things:

*Unsecure Wifi network alerts
*SMS/Call filtering
*Flag certain contacts in your address book as "private", hiding the phone logs and SMS messages to and from them
*Trigger device camera to send back a photo of what it can see through a simple web-based console
*"Anti-loss triggers" that can detect certain behaviors that may suggest your device is lost or stolen, and automatically lock your phone and send you an alert so you can react before something bad happens.

But this sounds more expensive than Lookout. As long as Lookout can find and remote wipe, I'll stick with the lower price.

Don't let "more features" fool you into thinking it will be more expensive! We plan to offer basic features for free, and premium features at a monthly cost that you can expect to be lower than Lookout. But of course, if you hop on the BETA you'll get it for free for 1 year anyway! Thanks for the interesting, hope you give it a try and let us know what you think! --Tyler Lessard @ Fixmo

jean15paul says:

Nice!

mwara244 says:

Lookout sucks, and drains battery more than anything else.

I think the reply below was great synopsis of some of the features that we think are pretty unique. Lookout offers a lot of great features -- we certainly have some of the same features in ours -- but we're going to be focusing much more on personal privacy and offering *proactively* services that keep you one step ahead of the people (or the apps) that you don't want to access your private data. Hope you give it a shot, we'd welcome your feedback on you think it compares and what other features you think might be interesting.

Cory S says:

Do you plan to add the option to record audio and/or video like Cerberus?

Great idea. We're planning it now...! :-)

jean15paul says:

@Tyler_at_Fixmo, you're convinced me. Signing up now. Hope I'm not too late

PlanetPratt says:

I was just thinking the same thing.
(*Chris*)

benurd says:

I've tried Lookout, but I want Fixmo.

mercado79 says:

No mention of whether or not it'll support multiple devices. That's what I hope to add to the mix. I'm currently using SeekDroid (free from Amazon ages ago), but it only supports 1 device at a time (using the offering I "paid" for). I've been meaning to find something else that could keep tabs on my tablet too.

Anyway, I signed up. We'll see how it goes.

bangishotyou says:

If I may make a suggestion, give Cerberus a try. Does everything this does and more. (But I signed up for this to give it a try anyway.) I managed to snag it for free early last year when they were having a special of some kind going on for hitting a certain number of users. I believe it's only a few bucks in the Play Store, thus far based on my use it's well worth the price.

*CORRECTION* Fixmo SafeWatch WILL support managing multiple devices out of the gates. The dev team snuck it in at the last minute and didn't tell me!! I love this team. So yes, you can enjoy managing up to 5 devices with one account. Enjoy! And play safe...

Sonicaholic says:

Sweet thanks for the heads up AC, we use some of there stuff at work so I'm mighty interested to see what there offering the greater Android community.

chubb says:

Thanks for the heads up AC! Got signed up for the beta. Like being able to manage multiple devices on one account.

PostmanPat says:

Is it just me or does Jerry have very feminine hands! lol

Cory S says:

They go with his beard.

grlla says:

Beta software = incomplete software.

Who would trust their device security to incomplete software?

I'll stay with Lookout. Thanks.

Hi grlla - the Beta product that we are shipping is a complete product. In fact, it is based on the 3 Super Safe product which has already been in the market for several months in Hong Kong as a whitelabeled version of SafeWatch. The Beta is a really a Tech Preview period so that we can gather feedback from the community and make sure our support team is prepped prior to pushing it out on the broader Google Play store for everyone to see. Feel free to stick with Lookout, of course, but if you want to give SafeWatch a try just hop on over. The general release should happen in April/May after the initial Tech Preview period for the limited audience.

TomOfTx says:

I signed up for the beta for Fixmo. After using this for 2 hours today, I removed it and went back to Lookout. Running this on a Galaxy Note 2, it crashed a few times and could not locate my device most of the time. On top of this, the SIM alert went off 3 times and locked my phone when I never even opened up the phone and touched the SIM card!

If this is a finished product and not a beta, it is not worth a penny!

munnarg says:

I also didn't like the fact that there was no option for it not to run at all. It was constantly running and there was no uninstall option on mine. I had to use Titanium Backup to remove it. This might have been because I chose the option to give it administrator access? Either way I'm all set.