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New security function takes 'thefties' of smartphone thieves

Published on May 28, 2014 9:36 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Mobile security startup Lookout is turning smartphones and tablets against gadget thieves with a new feature that - when possible - will snap a picture of the culprit.

A new theft alert function added on Wednesday to Lookout's premium service for Apple and Android mobile devices sets out to pinpoint where a gadget might be and, in some cases, even take the thief's picture.

"We are not providing this information for you to go out and find the device yourself," Lookout product manager Greg Lou told AFP. "It is so you can give it to the police so they can find it for you."

A premium version of Lookout costing US$3 a month (S$3.80) or US$30 annually already provides features such as backing up data and finding lost phones.

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