theft

Theftie app gives device theft security for free

A lost smartphone – whether by theft or by a more benign misplacing – is always a problem for handheld device users. That is why there are a lot of security/locate-my-phone apps out there in the market. The issue is in finding one that is intuitive and smart as it is practical for the user. The “Theftie – Find My Phone” app is not the perfect handset security app, but it has potential, and it is free to download.

Lookout Theft Alerts looks out for suspicious behavior

Mobile security firm Lookout is offering a new feature that brings it up to par with many security apps and services now on Android. Using a combination of mobile technologies and snooping, Theft Alerts can help you locate your stolen device or, in the worst case scenario, remotely secure and wipe out your data.

US Senators now backing “kill switch” proposal

In a rather strange turn of events, lawmakers across the country are now trying to put their weight behind the almost aborted kill switch solution to smartphone theft. This new push came after California lawmakers proposed making it mandatory for smartphones sold in the state of California only.

California plans to mandate kill switch anti-theft measure

While the proposed kill switch feature has practically failed to be widely implemented, the state of California might be making a rather bold move that would, in effect, make it mandatory. If approved, the proposed law will require phone makers to include a software kill switch in any smartphone sold within the state starting January 1, 2015 or be fined $2,500 for each device sold.
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