A ‘kill switch’ is a feature that lets users remotely wipe the data on their phones, as well as render the phones non-operational in the event of theft.
According to news, “Apple already has a kill switch feature loaded on its iPhones, and the New York City Attorney General cited that there was a 19% decrease in iPhone thefts ever since the feature was implemented; whereas Samsung phones that still didn’t carry the feature experienced a 40% increase in robberies.”
As such, the New York Attorney General has signed agreements with Google and Microsoft to add “kill switches” to Android and Windows Phone devices. That sounds like a good thing.
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