Lawmakers were urging Apple to implement such a feature for a while before it was added, and some states are even making new laws requiring such features in all new phones sold. Smartphone makers were reluctant to enforce killswitch technology in their smartphones, citing that it would make them more vulnerable to hacking. However the proof seems to be in the pudding; phone theft has fallen considerably in just 12 months.
As the victim of a phone theft once in my life, and a second attempt through a botched pickpocketing, I am glad that the technology is here to stay. I also feel better knowing that my phone is less of a target now.
However, it seems that the Kill Switch feature on Apple phones has already been hacked. While it’s now more difficult to resell a locked iPhone, those with a bit more tech savvy won’t have a problem it seems.
What do you think? Do you think new laws by states should force phone companies to put killswitch software on their phones? Or is it too much red tape? Apple seems to have done it voluntarily.