Sunday, February 15, 2015

iPhone Theft Activation Lock Introduced By Apple Company

Twelve months ago Apple had added to its devices Activation Lock and iPhone theft become almost impossible. According to recent reports, the amount of these kind of theft has really decreased, in San Francisco - dropped 40 percent and in New York- 25 percent. The Activation Lock is a smartphone kill switch feature that gets turned on by default when you set up Find My iPhone on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

In September 2013, smartphone theft dropped by half after the Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 debut, in London.

This device's feature requires a user to authorize a wipe or fresh install via the existing iCloud credentials on record. It ensure that a thief can’t just wipe the device easily to use it or prepare it for sale on the secondary market. Cupertino company is one of the first main manufacturers to switch to implementing the system by default, rather than through user opt-in. It means that it should be introduced on future devices. The last new generation smartphone iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, for instance, have got it by default, as they were shipped with iOS 8 pre-installed.

Last year records shows that Apple’s Activation Lock implementation having a significant effect. Due to report in June 2014 determined that this option helped decrease iPhone thefts by 38 percent in San Francisco, 24 percent in London and 19 percent in New York in just six months after Apple launched the iCloud Lock.

The National Consumers League counted that in 2012 mobile devices were stolen from 1.6 million Americans. And as for California, smartphone theft accounts for more than half of all crimes in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities.

In California, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have put into effect a law mandating kill switches, but it’s yet to go into effect.

In addition to Apple, Google’s Android has implemented a kill switch of its own while Microsoft is expected to add a similar feature to its own Windows Phone software.


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