SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky has updated its Android mobile security software today with a "Mugshot" feature to help users to identify phone thieves by taking photos of the user via a front-facing camera.
The Mugshot feature was previously only available with Kaspersky's Android Tablet Security product, but has now been shifted onto Kaspersky Mobile Security to try to catch more of those pesky phone thieves.
Activated via the software's Web Management interface, photos taken of the thieves are uploaded to a portal where the smartphone owner can view them.
The Web Management portal also allows users to control the lost device, making it possible to wipe data on the smartphone or restore factory settings, locate the device using an internal GPS receiver, or block the device so the data stored on it is inaccessible.
Kaspersky said it also remains possible to control the device remotely via special SMS based commands, along with the SIM Watch function that offers an alternative method of remote control.
Kaspersky said in a statement that it has introduced the feature to increase the chances of recovering a lost or stolen device as incidents of smartphone theft continue to rise.
The updated version of Kaspersky Mobile Security is available now at Kaspersky Lab's website. µ