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Death Button - Mobile Theft Insurance


A kind of solution to the problem of theft of mobile phones was proposed recently in the United Kingdom. According to the newspaper The Daily Mail, the UK police intend to convince smartphone manufacturers to equip all devices with a “kill button”.

Death Button - Mobile Theft InsuranceWith the increasing number of used phones and tablet computers (iPad and other models), the number of their thefts is also growing rapidly. This problem is becoming one of the most pressing for the police in most major cities.

For example, last year in London, about 111 thousand different mobile devices were stolen (that is, more than 300 gadgets were stolen daily). Among the leaders in popularity among thieves - iPhone (61 thousand) and BlackBerry (22 thousand).

Those methods of struggle that exist today with regard to such thefts are ineffective: if you fail to catch the thief right away, he can be calm - the phone is already completely at his disposal.

Apple's MobileMe feature (Find iPhone and similar), which allows you to see your lost (stolen) gadget on the card and even erase all information from it, does not work if the phone is turned off. So, having stolen the phone, the criminals turn it off, and then resell it to unsuspecting buyers abroad.

"The button of death" in case of theft is designed to make the device completely unusable, and therefore it will be absolutely no reason to steal it.

However, neither Apple, nor Samsung (to which, first of all, the police inspectors have proposed to introduce the death button) are not yet ready to discuss this idea. Experts believe that in the case of using this method of protecting phones and other gadgets from theft, the danger will come not from thieves, but from hackers who can one day simply turn off all mobile devices.

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