If you're like most people, your smartphone is more than just a phone.

It is the one object that you keep with you more than any other.

Your precious smartphone is next to you when you fall asleep, it's by your side when you wake up in the morning, and your phone is ready to use when you check your calendar for the day - until suddenly.... it's not. Read more at:

From contacts, to photos, credit card information and more, losing your phone can be an extremely scary experience. These free apps can save you a huge amount of frustration and help protect your personal information from ending up in the wrong hands.

#1) Where is my Droid

As one of the best apps for Android phones, this app has tons of features and makes it easy to track your missing device via GPS. The basic version is free, while the professional version offers more advanced features such as snapping a photo using the camera and sending it to you, remotely wiping all the phone data and remotely locking the device.

#2) Prey Anti-Theft

This app is available for most mobile devices - Android, iOS, Windows and more. Want to track your stolen device with the Prey app? Simply send the word "GO PREY" or log into your control panel to mark your device as missing. This app uses both WiFi and GPS triangulation to locate your phone. It offers features such as remotely triggering an alarm (even when the phone is muted), displaying a custom alarm message on the screen, and more.

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#3) Avast! Mobile Security

Avast! is an antivirus software company that has also created a great phone locator app. The Avast! Mobile Security is part of their mobile security suite. With this app you can locate your phone on a map, get notified when your SIM card changes, and control your Android phone remotely via a web interface or SMS.

#4) GPS Tracker

With over 2,500,000 downloads, this free iPhone app allows you to monitor your phone's location at all times. The app can also be used to locate another iPhone user and see their movements over the last 12 hours. Since it relies on GPS for tracking, there are also options to reduce battery consumption since GPS tracking can drain your phone's battery life.

#5) Android Lost Free

In addition to GPS tracking, this Android app comes with many of the basic features found in other paid apps, such as remote SD card wiping, front and rear camera shooting, and even downloading the thief's call and text message lists!

So there you have it.

There is no excuse for losing your phone. If you use your smartphone for work in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, just one simple app can prevent your phone from falling into the wrong hands, putting not only your information, but also your employer's sensitive company (and network) data at risk.

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