Samsung Galaxy S4

Embedded system increases the chances that devices will be recovered after theft

Absolute Software, the makers of the LoJack theft recovery service, announced today that through a partnership with Samsung it will be offering its services to all Galaxy S4 handsets. The service, which was previously targeted at desktop and laptop computers, is making the move into the mobile space with one of the most popular devices out today. Unlike other services that can pretty easily be removed when a phone is factory reset, the LoJack system is embedded at the firmware level and will survive any tampering or attempts to remove it by a criminal. 

Beyond just making sure that the phone is traced, locked and remotely wiped, you'll get the expertise of LoJack's years of experience in tracking stolen property. When we spoke to LoJack representatives here at CTIA they said they've recovered laptops in as little as 40 minutes, and as long as four and a half years after they were stolen. That just shows the determination of the people behind this service.

While it is embedded in every Galaxy S4 device, it won't be available to be activated until "early this summer". LoJack isn't releasing specific pricing at this point, but has indicated that the service will start at $29.99 with multiple subscription options ranging from 1 to 4 years at a time. 

 

Absolute Software Launches an Industry First with a Consumer Theft Recovery Solution for Android Smartphones

Available Soon for the Samsung GALAXY S4

Vancouver, Canada: May 21, 2013 – Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops and ultra-portable devices today announced it is first to market with a consumer theft recovery solution for Android smartphones.

This solution is the result of the Absolute Software and Samsung global partnership announced in early April 2013. Samsung has embedded patented Absolute persistence technology into select Samsung GALAXY devices starting with the Samsung GALAXY S4.

Leveraging the same Absolute persistence technology used in LoJack for Laptops, once installed and activated it cannot be removed even if the device is restored to factory settings. When a protected Samsung GALAXY S4 is stolen, the Absolute Investigations and Recovery Services team will work with law enforcement globally to get the device back. Users can also remotely lock, locate their device or delete sensitive files to prevent identity theft.

Smartphone theft is on the rise, more than 40 percent of all robberies in New York City involve smartphones and other cell phones. Other major US cities have similar statistics, with robberies involving cell phones comprising 30-40 percent of all robberies.*

“Absolute’s unique approach to investigations and theft recovery is exactly what is needed to solve this serious epidemic of smartphone and mobile device theft that is sweeping across our nation,” stated Sheriff Leon Lott, Sheriff, Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Department.                                                       

“With the rapid growth of smartphone use, mobile theft has increased extensively putting consumers at personal risk. I am thrilled we can provide consumers with a solution to address this serious issue,” said Mark Grace, Vice President, Consumer at Absolute Software. “With our consumer theft recovery solution installed and activated on Samsung GALAXY S4s, users can rest assured that their device can be recovered in the event it is stolen with the help of the Absolute Investigations and Recovery Services team, which has assisted in more than 29,000 successful recoveries in 98 countries.”

*FCC, Announcement of New Initiatives to Combat Smartphone and Data Theft, April 10, 2012

Availability
The consumer theft recovery solution for Android smartphones will be available early this summer starting at $29.99 with several subscription options ranging from one year up to four years. For more information: www.LoJackforLaptops.com/android

About Absolute Software
Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the industry standard in persistent endpoint security and management for computers, laptops, ultra-portable devices and smartphones. The Company, a leader in device security and management tracking for more than 20 years, has over 30,000 commercial customers worldwide. Positioned as a Visionary vendor in Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools, Absolute’s solutions – Computrace®, Absolute Manage®, Absolute Service, Absolute Secure Drive, and Computrace LoJack for Laptops – provide organizations with actionable intelligence to prove compliance, securely manage BYOD, and deliver comprehensive visibility and control over all of their devices and data. Absolute persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, tablets and smartphones by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com.

 
There are 17 comments

LL HUGH J says:

First?

bmidd says:

YOU WIN!!!! LOL!

technomom says:

Good to see someone offering this (other than Cerberus, that is) service that Google should have provided in the first place.

Lorbas says:

I don't know. Why pay for it? Root your phone, install the hidden version of Cerberus and, voilà, phone is protected.

Right, because when your mom walks into a carrier store to buy a Galaxy S4 the rep should totally tell her to "just root your phone".

All a thief has to do is to do a full wipe and flash a rom and he's good to go.

The whole point of this is that it's embedded deeper than just the ROM.

droidhead_1 says:

Its built into the firmware which can be flashed. But most thieves won't know that.

Reciprocal says:

" once installed and activated it cannot be removed even if the device is restored to factory settings"

Please read the full article next time. A simple wipe and rom switch won't do anything to remove this.

droidhead_1 says:

Factory reset won't work. but a firmware can be flashed which the program is built into

Talne says:

Wrong!

zelendel says:

No he is right. This can be removed on the firmware level. So all it takes is flashing a custom OS that has it removed. Simple. And for those that dont think thieves know about flashing a device. You are very wrong. Most do know that they can be flashed to over come everything from Sim locks to IMEI tracking.

Raptor007 says:

That's a kick in the balls to apple fans, making the GS4 a more highly sought after prize by smartphone thieves if Low Jack is going there first. Or did apple spurn them since they don't want to admit the hipsters get jacked too often.

arjunamin says:

Just curious as to why I would want this over the already in-built Samsung Dive.

So is this even deeper integration that what hidden Cerberus can do? The only way to get rid of Cerberus when you install the hidden version is by flashing a new ROM, but if this LoJack service can truly not be removed once activated that would give it a clear advantage over Cerberus (maybe not enough to be worth the extra cost, but an advantage nonetheless).

If it's just as vulnerable as Cerberus in this respect ii has no advantages whatsoever and you would save a ton of money just getting Cerberus.

semp1 says:

So basically exactly what find my iphone is. Most likely not as good and costs money solely because it has a name brand tacked to it. No thanks. I wouldn't want my phone after some one filthy stole it and used it. Keep it. Lmao.

SteveWolf01 says:

Police actually care about stolen cell phones?