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Owners of smartphones on Android and Windows will be able to “kill” them in case of theft – RBC

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Google and Microsoft will install on their smart phones running on Android operating system and Windows, the kill switch – the ability to remotely lock the device in case of theft or loss, the General Prosecutor’s Office announced today New York State. Local law enforcement officers believe that the dissemination of such an option on all future smartphones will minimize the theft of these devices, often accompanied by violence.

New York Attorney Eric Schneiderman and his colleague in the district of San Francisco George Gascon year ago broader American campaign launched Secure Our Smartphones (SOS) to convince all suppliers embed option smartphones kill switch to the new model.

Apple last year the first of the leading manufacturers responded to the call of Gascony and Shneiderman. In September, 2013. Apple introduced iOS 7 operating system along with the function kill switch, which allows you to remotely lock your iPhone or iPad tablet and erase all data.

Law enforcement statistics on the side of prosecutors. According to the initiative group SOS, robbery to take possession of Apple products in New York City decreased by 19% in January-May 2014. compared with the same period a year ago. At the same time theft devices Samsung rose in New York for more than 40% (kill switch function appeared on some Samsung phones only in April this year).

“This statistic illustrates the tremendous efficiency function kill switch, and obligations of Google and Microsoft – giant steps towards the protection of consumers, “- said Schneiderman, he was quoted as Bloomberg.
 If burglars will know that stolen phone with high probability will unhelpful incentive to go on the offense will be much less, proponents argue SOS

According to ComScore, the share of Android smartphones in the U.S. is 52.5% devices from Apple – 41,4%, and phones with Windows accounts for 3,3%.

Ivan Tkachev

June 19, 2014

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