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Android Kill Switch Could Remotely Brick Stolen Devices

Users may soon have another weapon to combat thieves who pilfer Android smartphones or tablets -- a kill switch that goes beyond a remote data wipe.

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jastroff
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jastroff,
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6/8/2016 | 10:49:34 AM
Re: Reduced value
all good points -- I hope this doesn't happen >> though I can't help but feel this will be used as a trolling attack that bricks a lot of phones without people being aware of it.

 

But the bad guys seem to always find a way. We secured paper money behind big vault doors, beefed up the FBI and police forces way back when, and kep tthe money safe. But the US Govt also insured the money.

We seem not to be as smart about digital assets, unless we need a different line of thinking.
Whoopty
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6/8/2016 | 7:35:53 AM
Reduced value
Here's hoping this means that the market value for stolen phones takes a nose dive as that is what will really lead to a reduction in crime. It's good that people will be able to stop their devices being used from a distance - though I can't help but feel this will be used as a trolling attack that bricks a lot of phones without people being aware of it.
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