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The Kill Switches Are Coming!

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Susan Fogarty
9/19/2013 2:20:45 PM
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RE: kill switches are a blessing
Anand, I think the intention is to permanently kill the phone, so you'd need to be certain before "pulling the trigger." I think it would be smart for manufacturers to offer it with a program for backup and replacement, so that if you had to use it, you could get your apps and data back.

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Anand
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9/19/2013 6:29:57 AM
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RE: kill switches are a blessing
I never though I can could come across such good news. People are nowadays at the mercy of thieves who steal your phone and do not even bother to switch it off. They even go as far as telling you that you will never find your phone again. The kill switches should be installed immediately so that the thieves find their efforts fruitless. What I am more worries about is that what if it gets switched off by mistake is there a way that it can be reversed. In a case whereby you come across the phone after it was stolen does that mean that it will no longer work or they can revive it?

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Anand
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9/19/2013 1:50:00 AM
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Re : The Kill Switches Are Coming!
The intended introduction of the kill switch is a creative idea of dealing with the menace of phone robbery that has been on the rise in the recent past. It will surely discourage thieves. Having such software on my phone would undoubtedly be a nice idea. Regarding the issue on whether it is the role of the mobile companies to ensure the safety of their devices, I believe they should produce theft free products for the benefit of their consumers. They should therefore put the system in operation as soon as possible.

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9/8/2013 8:13:14 AM
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Re: Theft Proof
@Michael . you are right. Most of us have never visalized this eventuality untill and unless we have had a nasty experience of became a vitcim of it at some point and time in our lives. Smartphones can be disabled through IMEI numbers , perhaps its synomymous to kill switch. But the process has to be done with the help of authorities. Individuals users can not do that on their own. I think it would be a bit risky to keep a kill switch in the device which may get accidentally pressed thus disabling the phone. Moreover, once somebody pointed a gun and asking to hand over the device to him, would we have enough time to actitvate that kill switch.

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Mobi
Mobi
9/6/2013 7:49:19 AM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
"And can you imagine being at work, then a siren goes in a co-worker's bag or a message, "Help, I'm stolen.'    It's especially helpfull, if the phone was recently stolen and the thief may still be in the area."

Tank, if the thief is your colleague, then it's helpful (Grin). Otherwise, the primary step taken my all mobile thefts are either switching off the mobile or removing the SIM card

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Tank
Tank
9/5/2013 4:52:05 PM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
Yes, very true.  However, making a phone unusable will hopefully deter thieves in the future.

And can you imagine being at work, then a siren goes in a co-worker's bag or a message, "Help, I'm stolen.'    It's especially helpfull, if the phone was recently stolen and the thief may still be in the area.

I've had a couple of work places were thefts were common. To give an example, one time, on the executive level of a bank, someone was stealing people's lunches.  Now this was a breakroom only the C-level employees could access.  Strange to think that someone making $100,000 per year and up, would need to steal a lunch, but they did.

I have to say, it is not a good feeling, knowing that someone in a group that you trusted is actually a thief.

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Mobi
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9/5/2013 6:09:13 AM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
"With my anti-theft software, I can have an alarm set off, or have it play any message I record.  Such as "Please return to....." or "I'm a stolen phone.""

Tank, the effectiveness of such software's are merely depends up on the kind heartiness of the person who is in possession of the device. If he is not kindhearted then it will not return to you. The other options are either track or disable the device using IMI number.

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9/3/2013 1:11:52 PM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
With my anti-theft software, I can have an alarm set off, or have it play any message I record.  Such as "Please return to....." or "I'm a stolen phone."

Amazon also can throw the kill switch for the Amazon Kindle.  However, if it is deregistered first, it is no longer registered in your name and Amazon can't or won't kill it.  

If you do decide to kill the phone, be sure it really is stolen and not hiding under the bed.  

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Mobi
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9/3/2013 3:41:37 AM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
"I think its possible to track stolen phones through IMEI, agencies have been using this to trace stolen smartphones. The problem here is we have no idea if IMEI can be change or simply hack- that is the problem that we need to know."

Netcrawl, police cops and cyber forensic peoples are using IMEI numbers for tracking and to found whereabouts of the user. But if you are altering the IMEI number, they are helpless and here reported such instances by one of the member named wirlessroamer.

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Mobi
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9/3/2013 3:35:21 AM
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Re: They are already here but it's not a Device feature.
"The intention was that it should be impossible to change IMEI but on some phones criminals found a way. Like Mac addresses on Network equipment."

Wirelessroamer, I think companies have to seek such peoples help for fixing such issues. They can think about employing such peoples similar to software companies employing hackers.

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