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Android Lollipop includes a kill switch, but there's a catch

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
Oct 18, 2014
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  1. There's no shortage of new features packed into Android 5.0 Lollipop but one that's certain to draw a lot of attention is the "kill switch." Google's new "factory reset protection" option is certainly a step in the right direction although...

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  2. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 871   +393

    Only the "violent criminals"???
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,368   +833

    Rippleman please. That pic in the article SCREAMS violence, and you're just too blind to see it.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    What's the use of a remote factory reset. I can already remotely perform a remote wipe and reset on my Jelly Bean phone anytime I choose.
    What I wan't is to be able to do is kill the device completely, rendering it absolutely useless and unviable to resell if ever stolen. I can always replace the device, it is insured after all.
    USAvenger and elemental like this.
  5. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Another problem with kill switches is that when cops take phones as evidence, all evidence can be lost by remote wiping them. I'm selling and app which recovers stolen phones, so I should care. Have not sold a single one of those apps because three dollars is too expensive a price to pay, I guess. Have to charge that much because servers must be maintained the way google won't let you have their email password to send the email thru their smtp server. You can probably get it on rooted phones.
  6. Radient

    Radient TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Why should this be automatic that means someone could just kill your phone remotely stupid stupid stupid idea to be on without the user knowing. This is what encryption is for.
  7. Radient

    Radient TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Police already use faraday bags criminals will to like shoplifting purces aleady are doing. That to steal and bypass the rfid tags.
  8. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 762   +283

    This whole killswitch business is total BS.

    I'm from South Africa where crime is practically 50% of GDP and we have a blacklist system on the imei's where if you report your phone stolen it cannot be used on any other carrier in South Africa.

    Did that make a dent in cellphone robbery? not even close! Thieves are to stupid to care or they steal the phones simply for spare parts to repair broken screens etc.
    Aslo you can always put any android phone in recovery mode and flash a custom rom on it bypassing any kinda killswitch technology.

    The ONLY place you can effectively do this is at the carrier not at the handset. Did car alarms stop vehicle theft? or immobilizers or those silly steering wheel lock bars? No it did not.

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