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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Have Kill Switch

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Sep 17, 2014, 6:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple's new iPhones will include a kill switch that owners can use to remotely lock or wipe them, reports Reuters. The feature has been part of iOS for several years, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will have the feature turned on by default. The feature can be installed on older iPhone models, as well. The news comes from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, rather than Apple itself. Earlier this year, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all agreed to add kill switches to their devices by July 2015. Most major wireless network operators in the U.S. have agreed to a similar framework. Lawmakers believe the presence of the kill switch will eventually deter street crime and reduce the thefts of smartphones. The logic behind the effort is to reduce the demand for stolen goods by allowing owners to render them useless and valueless to thieves.


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Sep 18, 2014, 10:54 AM

The problem with kill switches...

Is that they will be cracked and owned in no time.

It sounds good to say that no one should be able to kill your phone except you but as someone else pointed out, what about the carrier? For example when you call them if your phone is lost or stolen, they are gonna want to be able to do that for you when you can't.

And what happens when the legislated kill switch is hacked? Or for all the stupid people whose password is password, boom, they login to your account and kill the phone that's in your pocket.

Kill switches dont stop smartphone crimes anyway, in cities where the kill switch has been active for years, cell thefts didn't significantly decrease unless you cook the numbers, which several of the reports about reduction in ce...
Buyer beware, buying phones through anyone but the carrier anymore will be dangerous.

Sep 17, 2014, 8:59 PM

Dear Supreme Court

for the sake of humanity, rule that the feds aren't allowed access to this feature.

Thank you
The average guy who cares about privacy.
From what it sounds like, the user has all of the control and the carriers can't do anything. This is basically the iPhone lock option making the device completely useless and unable to be activated or even used and locks the device down completely. B...
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