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[Feature-request] Track & protect my Jolla

asked 2013-12-25 11:49:18 +0200

petros gravatar image

updated 2016-12-27 18:05:19 +0200

Alex gravatar image

A native app directly integrated into Sailfish OS is needed for tracking and protecting the device with all the features which are known from existent remote-control apps like Prey.

This feature also may be linked with the Jolla account.

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Reopening and retagging as feature-request. As this is not an implemented feature, there is no reason for closing it. That being said this could likely be implemented by the community as is open source

Tanghus ( 2014-07-22 05:25:18 +0200 )edit

I have not tried myself, but prey has been ported to SailfishOS by nieldk:

Rolfa ( 2014-07-28 15:12:21 +0200 )edit

Im using prey and it works for locating your phone. No extended features like lock, ring alarm etc. yet, though. The one on Openrepos is not longer working, but Nieldk made a more recent release as explained in the TMO thread.

inte ( 2015-06-25 15:47:52 +0200 )edit

@Alex prey and tracking including data collected and stored amd sent to corporate servers somewhere without knowledge of data retention times, 2nd and 3rd party agreements of data use and just generally broad government indesciminate orders for data access, with gag orders not to tell anyone make those solutions dangerous and instead of imlroving safety for the user these solutions create unneccessary security risks.

DarkTuring ( 2017-07-25 03:56:45 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-12-25 17:03:35 +0200

Aard gravatar image

We're working on implementing those features, though we won't be using 'track & protect'.

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How about the case were the device is rather forgotten somewhere, not stolen? There could be a way to support the finder to communicate with the owner. Maybe an invalid idea... as it will need some "device lock" being activated!

NikosAlexandris ( 2013-12-26 12:37:30 +0200 )edit

Remote Security feature will also allow to remote play audio and locate even without locking or wiping the device. Or at least that is the work in progress, lets see if those features will be in in 1st release.

rainisto ( 2014-01-02 19:09:08 +0200 )edit

@petros Does this answer your question? Can we close this "thread"?

NikosAlexandris ( 2014-01-02 23:29:01 +0200 )edit


petros ( 2014-01-02 23:59:47 +0200 )edit

or like a "if you rob me, you'll be sorry" package: we track you, we record your face and surroundings, we call you, we find nearby wifi/bluetooth/whatever and check what sort of person you are by hacking your PC and chop off your fingers remotely... so-to-speak..

AL13N ( 2014-01-05 00:11:41 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-12-29 23:09:46 +0200

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2016-12-31 00:39:22 +0200

I actually do not want such a feature! For me it is more a risk for privacy than a help.

How many cases of stealing Jolla phones are known at all? If anybody is afraid about loosing ones phone, use a PREY app! BUT I have bought a Jolla to be NOT controlled in any way where I am, what I do or what is around me. Why should I want such a service?

To make it even more direct: Buy an Android phone if you want getting tracked all the way.

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You have a point there, but this feature could be opt-in or maybe as additional app in jolla store. This feature could be helpfull, not only if phone is stolen.

h.berd ( 2016-12-30 01:47:54 +0200 )edit

@M.Bln. not just for you, these are huge security risks, its like sitting on a time bomb waiting to be exploited.

DarkTuring ( 2017-07-25 03:58:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-07-25 02:48:10 +0200

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Sailfish OS 2.1.1.x includes the option of installing the new 'Sailfish OS MDM Framework'.

The following comment by sledges is taken from here:

MDM is ability to access and setup a mobile device remotely. It's the Sailfish OS framework (enablers for MDM) that will be shipped only in devices of customers that require such capability, and those customers will be responsible for developing actual clients.

Vanilla Sailfish OS will be free from MDM, even though enablers (API) will still be there, however connecting and manipulating them requires elevated privileges, and also, those enablers are not exposed via TCP/IP.

A process with elevated privileges can naturally damage the device even in earlier SFOS versions (without MDM present), just like on a Linux desktop.

Moreover, if no MDM client is installed, MDM library would not exist on the system, and then even enablers would have no way of triggering themselves.

So is this API accessible by third party developers?

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answered 2017-07-26 00:52:02 +0200

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updated 2017-07-26 00:55:47 +0200

A proper and secure solution for this based on the MDM services would be cool. Is anyone aware of a Free Software MDM control server, which may be configured / extended to use the MDM services on SailfishOS devices?

Meanwhile, "Find my Jolla" (from the Jolla Store or with "Autostart Find my Jolla" (from OpenRepos) may suit as a workaround. And / or the Patch "Device lock faith text" from Patchmanager 2.0's (OpenRepos) web catalog, if you trust in faith. ;)

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