Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012 at 03:30 pm

HiddenEye Helps Catch Device Thieves Red Handed

We have come quite a long way from the crazy days of chasing thieves in the middle of a crowded marketplace. Nowadays, we typically request refunds on PayPal, call the police to report items stolen,or (on Android devices) use a security app to track your phone down so you can politely ask for it back. What if you could also take a picture of the thief? Now there’s an application that’ll let you do that.

The application is called Hidden Eye. If the perpetrator gets your lock screen pattern wrong too many times, your device’s front facing camera will take a picture of them. This photo is stored on the device, and there is an option to sync it to Dropbox. It can be very, very useful in identifying who has (or had) your device when they shouldn’t have. This is also a great way to catch snooping roommates or other household guests.

Posted to our forums by XDA Senior Member millennium007, the application works for most devices with a front facing camera, including the Nexus 7, despite some early issues with compatibility for the Google tablet. If you have an older device that doesn’t have a front facing camera, the application can still be helpful to you. As the app description states:

Worried that your phone does not have front camera. With HiddenEye, now you can know the someone has tried to snoop into your phone. You can also set alarm if someone is trying to unlock your phone with wrong password. If you have a front camera, then you can see who tried unlocking your phone.

To learn more, head over to the application thread.


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