Apple’s ‘kill switch’ leads to a drop in phone thefts – now Google and Microsoft are going to copy it

Google and Microsoft will soon be introducing a ‘kill switch’ to their respective mobile software, so owners can deactivate their handsets if they’re stolen.The move comes after a report by the New York State attorney general found that the theft of iPhones has fallen significantly in the six months since Apple introduced the security features to its mobile operating system. A kill switch gives users the power to completely disable a smartphone remotely after it has been stolen. It also increases security on the phone by adding more password layers, to make it more difficult to wipe and then be sold on by thieves.

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