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The Galaxy S5 has a built-in kill switch that can brick the phone if it’s stolen

Published Apr 10th, 2014 8:15PM EDT
Samsung Galaxy S5 Features Kill Switch

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There are plenty of terrific new features in Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 but the one that’s gone unheralded is a built-in kill switch that you can use to make the phone completely shut down in the event that it’s stolen. ZDNet Korea reports that once the Galaxy S5 is reported as stolen, it “will automatically be locked by authorized accesses and data can be remotely deleted when requested by the original owner.” This isn’t the first Samsung smartphone to come with a built-in kill switch either, as the Galaxy Note 3 also had one when it was released last year. ZDNet Korea also says that LG is planning to release its own kill switch-enabled smartphone this year, so it looks one of the next battles for handset manufacturers will be to see which one can do the most to deter smartphone theft.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.