Find My iPhone app locates, remotely locks and even erases personal data from iPads and other Apple devices
By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.
In the not-so-distant past, lawyers worried about losing their clients’ paper files. Tales of confidential documents being found in taxis, on trains, in restaurants and left behind in hotel rooms served as a warning to exercise the utmost care when removing files from the office.
Now, as lawyers shift from paper to paperless, brown accordion folders are being replaced with gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. Although the technology is new, the old concerns about safeguarding client information remain.
One free app to help you keep track of your iPad and other Apple products like the iPhone 4 is Apple’s free Find My iPhone app. (Affiliate link)
Devices that Work with the App
The Find My iPhone app can be downloaded with the iPad, the iPhone 4 or the fourth generation iPod touch. After it is downloaded and you sign in using your Apple ID, you can add other devices that are also assigned to the same Apple ID and run on iOS 4.2. According to Apple, the devices include the iPhone 3G, 3GS and the second generation iPod touch or later.
What it Does
Using your computer or another device with the same Apple ID, launch the Find My iPhone app to locate your lost gadget on a map. If you are like me, you might also frequently misplace your iPhone in your house or office. The Find My iPhone app allows you to send a message and play a sound on your device for two minutes.
More than just a locator app, Find My iPhone lets you lock your device using a passcode or remotely set a passcode lock. If you are really concerned about your data getting into the wrong hands, you can also use the Find My iPhone app to permanently erase your personal data from the device.
Where it Works
Find My iPhone is available in 31 languages including English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, and Chinese. Apple cautions that the service is not available everywhere due to technical or legal limitations.
Find My iPhone requires Google Maps data to use the locator service. Apple suggests clicking here to see the countries that provide map data. Even if the locator service won’t work in a particular country, Apple states all of the other Find My iPhone features continue to operate.
Have you used the Find My iPhone app? How would you rate it?