Just recently, my sister fell victim to three knife yielding phone thieves who violently ambushed her in the wee hours of the morning on her way to work just moments after alighting a Matatu (I can only thank God she's alive). She then calls me afterwards narrating her chilling experience and asked on how she could go about blocking and tracking her Phone.
Well in this day and age where a majority of phone snatchers are smart enough to hard reset phones or take them to their
rendezvous backstreet shop to have the same done and/or have its IMEI changed is making it difficult for victims to locate their phones using those inbuilt or third party device tracking apps installed on their phones. Tech blogger @echenze couldn't have said it any better here.
But for Sony users it's different. Every Sony Xperia user (Myself included) knows about the
My Xperia Theft Protection function of their Xperia Device. It's a bit like googles ‘Android Device Manager’ which helps to Find,Lock or Wipe your device remotely if lost or stolen. But MXTP (My Xperia Theft Protection) enables you to render your device completely useless to a thief, (Yaani simu inakuwa mawe), how you ask? what makes it Sony so different you ask?
Well existing security solutions are usually a part of an android operating system. This means that by swapping the operating system the security feature or application is deleted. MXTP is different as it's added to the bootloader of Xperia devices.
The bootloader is needed to start the operating system of your device, and it is not part of the operating system itself. So even if you delete the operating system, MXTP will stay active and your device will still be protected
With MXTP activated you can't even perform a hard reset (Power button + Volume up/Down) as it disables that too. (I've tried this on my Xperia Z3+ and it doesn't light up.) Other tasks you also cant do are;
- Performing a software repair using PCC or B4M (or third party flash tools).
- Deleting the Google account used for enabling MXTP.
- Trying to disable MXTP in the settings (failing to provide the correct login credentials 5 times automatically activates it)
- Trying to delete MXTP or remove the administration rights of MXTP.
(I especially like this one) The USB port will only be available for charging. It will not be possible for a PC or Mac to detect the device.
Essentially MXTP renders your device completely useless (kama mawe) unless you have the correct Google credentials to validate the device:
- All running applications are stopped.
- You can no longer maximize the notification panel.
- Incoming calls are sent to voicemail (if available).
- Outgoing calls (except emergency calls) are blocked.
- Switching it off and trying to hard reset it doesn't work.
- (And still my favorite) The USB port will only be available for charging. It will not be possible for a PC or Mac to detect the device.
I used to be a Samsung Fanboy but ever since i switched to Sony Xperia two years ago I've never looked back. Not only because of this useful
Mawe Feature (that's how i fondly refer to it), but lots of other advantages. But that's a story for another day.