Google and Microsoft to add kill switch to smartphones

Posted on Friday, Jun 20 2014 @ 11:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Following Apple's example, both Microsoft and Google promised to add a kill switch feature to their next generation smartphones. Statistics show kill switches have a major impact on theft rates, iPhone theft rates dropped 19 percent in NY in the first five months of 2014 and even as much as 38 percent in London.
Apple implemented kill switches in iPhones last September and according to NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman, iPhone thefts have dropped by 19% in the first five months of 2014. The same is true in San Francisco and London where thefts fell 24% and 38% respectively.

“The statistics released today illustrate the stunning effectiveness of kill switches and the commitments of Google and Microsoft are giant steps toward consumer safety,” Schneiderman said.
Source: TG Daily

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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