It’s getting harder for smartphone thieves to make a living these days as kill switch technology is proving to be a viable, and valuable, anti-theft mechanism. It seems the feature is paying off for consumers using Apple, Samsung and Google, with reports that the number of stolen iPhones between September 2013 and September 2014 dipped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York. In London, the payoff was even more rewarding with smartphone theft cut in half. The kill switch impact bodes well for Microsoft handset users as Redmond is expected to install the feature in its smartphones at some point this year. “The wireless industry continues to roll out sophisticated new features, but preventing their own customers from being the target of a violent crime is the coolest technology they can bring to market,” stated San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. A kill switch allows a user or service provider to shut down the phone, yielding it useless to whoever may have swiped it, unless they know the required ID and password for re-activation. The news will likely spur more individual states to enact laws requiring smartphone and cellphone makers to install the security feature. Minnesota […]
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