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The Trouble With Smartphone Kill Switches
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Thomas Claburn
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8/14/2013 | 7:59:51 PM
re: The Trouble With Smartphone Kill Switches
I hope that whatever gets implemented is under user rather than manufacturer control.
Lorna Garey
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8/14/2013 | 6:38:29 PM
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I think the key is ubiquitousness and prioritizing the "brick" part of the "brick it and recover it" equation. Once thieves believe the chances are 90% or better that a stolen phone will be unusable even in Asia, the problem will abate. At that point, recovery becomes moot.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/14/2013 | 3:49:23 PM
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Lots to think about in this article. Seems like the perfect mix of hacker-proof location tracking and remote wipe capability is still out of reach. Leaving it to a third-party app is risky because it's too easy for a hacker to infiltrate the app, and same goes for manufacturers baking kill-switch tech into the hardware. No easy answer. Manufacturers have to make mobile security a priority. In the meantime, password protect your phones people!
David F. Carr
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8/14/2013 | 2:17:05 PM
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To be certain you'd killed the phone, you'd probably need to make it self destruct, frying the circuits Mission Impossible style. Then you'd probably have misfires where phones are blowing up for no good reason.


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