Applies to Kaspersky Mobile Security (Android OS)
Using Anti-Theft you can remotely block access to a lost/stolen smartphone and the data stored on it by sending a special SMS command from any other phone. Once an SMS command is sent, a smartphone can be unblocked with a special secret code.
Enabling remote blocking
In order to allow remote blocking of a smartphone, perform the following actions:
- In the main window select Anti-Theft > Device Lock: Off.
- In the Device Lock screen tap Enable Device Lock.
- To change the text displayed upon smartphone locking, tap Text when blocked and edit the text. Tap Save.
Now the option to block a smartphone remotely is enabled.
Sending SMS command for remote blocking
A lost/stolen device with the enabled Block function can be blocked remotely from any other smartphone the following way:
- By sending an SMS command on the receiving device. The SMS message must contain the text block:<CODE>, where <CODE> is the secret code set on the receiving device. The message is not case sensitive, and spaces before or after the colon are ignored.
- By sending an SMS command from the program interface (if Kaspersky Mobile Security is installed on the smartphone from which the command is sent). In this case the command and the secret code are sent in an encrypted mode. An SMS message is received on the receiving device in stealth mode.
To be on the safe side, Kaspersky Lab experts recommend to send an SMS command from the Kaspersky Mobile Security interface.
In order to send an SMS command to block the lost/stolen device, perform the following actions:
- In the main window select Anti-Theft > Send SMS command.
- In the Send SMS command window select Send command.
- In the SMS command window select Device Lock.
- In the Device Lock window enter the phone number of the receiving device and a secret code.
- Tap Send.
If an SMS command was sent successfully, then a notification informing that the lost smartphone is blocked will be received on the device from which the command was sent.