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Techie Whispers: Apple to Offer Kill Switch to Render Phones Inoperable if Stolen or Lost

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Techie Whispers: Apple to Offer Kill Switch to Render Phones Inoperable if Stolen or Lost

Apple unveiled a ‘kill switch’-style update to make the expensive devices inoperable in the event they are used by someone other than the owner.  The news was laid out during a developers conference in San Fransisco.

That said, users will be able to deactivate their stolen smartphone online through what Apple calls an activation lock, ie ‘kill switch’.  Even if the owner’s SIM card is removed, a thief can’t erase the phone’s data without a username and password.

An Apple ID and password are also required to turn off the new ‘Find My Phone’ application–which tracks a stolen or lost phone’s GPS location.  A custom message, such as ‘This iPhone is lost will be displayed to the person that has the phone. Please call me’ will be continuously displayed even if thieves manage to erase the phone.

The activation lock feature only works when a device is connected to WiFi or is turned on with its data plan activated.

The Kill Switches will be added to all Apple mobile devices in production.  The switch is set to be released as an application as soon as this Fall.

Sounds good huh?  Surely this will prompt others to implement the same type of technology to other phones.  Apple stays doing big things.

 

 

 

 

 

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