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    There's a widespread push for a "kill switch" that would supposedly enable law enforcement to track and disable a stolen cell phone. There are even some States that are trying to mandate this functionality by law. I find all this curious since we've had the ability to remotely lock, disable, and even wipe our devices for the last few years. Why the big push to make it mandatory now? If I want to remotely wipe any of my Android powered devices, I can. Quickly, easily, securely. Apple has the same feature. So does Windows Phone. Put another way, we already have the ability to remotely ...

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    A "kill switch" is often referred to as an "emergency stop switch", and is typically a safety mechanism used to shut something off in case of an emergency. When talking about machinery or even fuel pumps at your local gas station, a "kill switch" is a singular button or lever that will shut down everything. It doesn't matter which pump is spewing out gasoline or which machine your co-worker may be stuck in, this one button will shut everything down -- letting you sort out the specifics later. It's a great idea, the kill switch, when used properly. It brings with it significant and ...

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    As smartphone theft has become increasingly common in the last couple of years, we've seen companies like Microsoft and BlackBerry pioneer with security features to wipe your device remotely, or other companies like Apple who give you options to find the device without the need for a third party vendor, and with recent changes in iOS 7 to now even allow the unit to not accept re-activation after a wipe. This has left a tremendous amount of pressure on other smartphone vendors, and reports show that Samsung is already close to nailing a solution. We've heard rumors in the past about Samsung ...

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