App to prevent phone theft launched in Kenya

Xecure, a mobile app meant to prevent the alarming surge in phone theft cases has been launched in Kenya.

According to the developers, the security app boasts a range of innovative features making it a powerful tool to safeguard smartphones against theft.

”With the launch of Xecure, we aim to revolutionize mobile phone security in Kenya. Our goal is to empower individuals to protect their smartphones and the valuable data they contain, ultimately reducing phone theft incidents and providing peace of mind to users.” Charles Maxwell Opondo, CEO of Xecure, said.

”In a country where mobile phones have become indispensable to daily life, Xecure stands as a formidable ally against the rising tide of phone theft. With Xecure, users can reclaim control over their devices and protect their digital world more effectively.” he added.

According to the latest annual report on crime by the National Police, various types of theft, including that of mobile devices accounts for at least 21% of all crime reported in the country. Last month, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested a suspected mobile theft kingpin with hundreds of devices in his premises. The Communications Authority of Kenya, in recognition of the seriousness of phone theft, has initiated plans to block phones that are reported as stolen from accessing any mobile networks within the country.

Xecure introduces four distinct security modes, each tailored to provide comprehensive protection in different usage scenarios. Pocket/Bag Mode activates proximity sensors to detect unauthorized access when the phone is stored in a pocket or bag. Desk Mode is designed for times placed on a desk or table. This mode utilizes motion sensors to detect any movement. Charging Mode activates when a phone is connected to its charger, and headphones mode kicks in when the user is using their wired headsets.

Xecure app is equipped with a touch-sensitive alarm system. Even if a thief manages to touch the phone physically, the application will respond with a loud alarm, drawing attention to the theft attempt and potentially thwarting it.

In addition to the four advanced security modes, Xecure features a SIM-change alert system. If a thief attempts to swap the phone’s SIM card, the app sends an immediate notification to the user’s registered email address, allowing for swift action to protect personal information.

Xecure is now available for download for Android devices on the Google Play Store, making it accessible to a wide range of smartphone users. Currently, the app is available with an introductory subscription offer of KES. 99 per month or KES. 999 per year, which, in time, will increase to KES. 199 per month and KES. 1,499 per year.

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