Google, Microsoft is going to place a “Kill Switch” feature on their Android and Windows phone operating systems
- Category: Technology News
- Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 02:25
- Written by Louise
Authorities believed that kill switch would help deter theft. This feature will render Google Android and Microsoft Windows phone unusable to an unauthorized user for it will delete all of your data on the phone and also make it useless. This makes it pointless for the thieves to steal it from a user.
In September 2013, Apple introduced the iOS7 operating system with an “anti-theft” feature. Apple proved that it helps in reducing the number of iPhone that were being stolen.
As the number of thieves grows, Google and Microsoft also incorporated it as a security measure to their upcoming devices to lessen the stolen phones.
In an attempt to tackle the issue, policymakers have launched an initiative called Secure our Smartphones. As part of it, they have urged technology firms to take steps to make it less attractive for robbers to steal mobile devices.
In the first five months of 2014 the theft of Apple devices fell by 17% in New York City.
Meanwhile iPhone robberies fell 24% in London and 38% in San Francisco in the six months after Apple introduced the feature, compared to the previous six months.
"During the same period, thefts of other popular mobile devices increased," the report says.
Manoj Menon, managing director of consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said the move was a step in the right direction.
"This is a fantastic move and will go a long way in helping authorities come one step closer to realizing a vision of zero theft of mobile phone," he told the BBC.
But he added that it was "not a foolproof system" as thieves "will find a way to monetize the accessories and parts of a phone".
However, he said the market for parts and accessories was relatively small and the kill switch "does substantially reduce the financial incentive of stealing a device".