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Kill Switch

Kill Switch for Android and Windows Phone

Major new security feature coming in next Android and Windows Phone versions

June 20th, 2014

In addition to replacing Dalvik with ART, which should bring performance improvements and better battery life, the next Android version has apparently been confirmed to feature a new significant security feature that will help users better protect their data when losing their devices, and especially when having them stolen. The same feature is coming to …

Smartphone Kill-Switch: Apple, Google, Microsoft

Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

April 16th, 2014

The five largest U.S. wireless carriers and many smartphone makers including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others on Tuesday announced they have agreed to include “kill-switch” technology in all smartphone models released after July 2015, Re/code reports, in a move that should help decrease smartphone thefts and further protect customer data.

Malicious apps beware, Windows 8 will feature a ‘kill switch’

March 2nd, 2012

“Kill switches” have become a standard part of most mobile operating systems. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google each have the ability to remotely delete malicious applications from users’ devices without permission. With the launch Windows 8 later this year, millions of computers will receive similar functionality for the first time according to Bloomberg. Microsoft hasn’t spoken publicly …

Microsoft clarifies Windows Marketplace for Mobile kill switch

September 18th, 2009

Good news, future Windows Phone owners — Microsoft has further clarified its position on the app kill switch tied to Windows Mobile 6.5 we reported earlier this week. Apparently it’s not as bad as everyone thought. In short, the remote deletion of apps from users’ handsets will supposedly only occur in the event an app …