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Samsung introduces two anti-theft features for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung introduces two anti-theft features for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung is adding two new anti-theft features to the Samsung Galaxy S5. Neither of them is a "Kill Switch," which is what law enforcement officials would prefer. A bill that would mandate the inclusion of a "Kill Switch" on new smartphones, is currently awaiting action in the Senate. By allowing a phone to be remotely shut down, it could be less of a target for thieves, who would have no place to sell the fruits of their illegal activity.

The new features being added to the Samsung Galaxy S5 are "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock." Both will have to be activated by users of the phone, and will be only available on versions of the model sold by Verizon and U.S. Cellular. "Find My Mobile" will allow those with a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S5, to track the location of the unit. It will also remotely lock the handset, and tell the owner when an unfamiliar SIM card has been inserted into it. "Reactivation Lock" prevents anyone but the owner of the phone from resetting the device. Both anti-theft features are free, and are similar to anti-theft features on the Apple iPhone such as "Find My iPhone" and "Activation Lock". "Samsung takes the issue of smartphone theft very seriously, and we are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions," the Korean manufacturer said in a statement.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has long been an advocate for a "Kill Switch." He has previously blamed the carriers and insurance companies for failing to get manufacturers to add the switch to their smartphones. Gascón has said that the carriers are making too much money selling replacement phones and getting customers to buy premium insurance, which explains their reluctance to follow the recommendations of law enforcement. Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a joint statement, saying that Samsung's action sends a message that everyone in the industry needs to work together to make customers safer.

"While we are concerned that consumers will need to opt-in to the system, thereby limiting the ubiquity and effectiveness of the solution, the fact that Samsung and these carriers have agreed to work together to make Find My Mobile and Reactivation Lock available sends a strong message that all participants in this industry can indeed work together to make their customers safer."-George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney, Eric T. Schneiderman, New York Attorney General

source: CNET

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posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:17

1. Sauce (unregistered)


"Find My Mobile" lol. They might as well call their phone color iPhone Black.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 22:00 1

11. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


You'd figure they would call it "Find My Galaxy"

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:36 1

14. Sauce (unregistered)


That's really asking for it lol

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:31

2. fzacek (Posts: 2207; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Why does Verizon have to be so annoying...

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:54 4

4. theo14461 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Because they suck.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:38

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Anti theft is designed to stop the theft of the device. Such as a kill switch to keep a car from starting and going in gear. This is not anti theft, the person is. Try and take mine without a gun, and the jedster will go hulk on that a$$

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:00 5

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's anti-theft cause if the thief knows the device is useless due to the kill switch, he/she won't risk 5 years in jail for nothing, hence stopping him/her for going for the crime. Which is why it's called anti-theft, quite logical.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:11 5

6. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


thats called a theft deterrent. it doesnt actually prevent theft, it just makes people think twice

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:30

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You hit the nail on the head. There's a huge difference, _Bone_ just wanted to discredit my post, he's a hater. +1 for knowing the difference bro

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:35

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"If"? When he pulls a gun on you, and demands your phone, is he thinking if? When he runs by, and snatches it without even knowing which phone it is, is he thinking if? If you simply want to discredit my post, you should think first.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:36 1

9. MrOCD (unregistered)


Apple - Find My iPhone
Samsung - Find My Mobile
Apple - Activation Lock
Samsung - Reactivation Lock
LOL Am I the only one who noticed this?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:01

13. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I see, you smell $2 billions here. Right?

p.s.
Must tell you, that we have this on our Galaxys long before S5.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:06

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope ;)

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:45 3

10. Augustine (Posts: 799; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Ahem, any Android device can install Device Manager to locate and wipe it out remotely: http://goo.gl/qHpG0P

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 22:48 1

12. TheNeighbor (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Install Cerberus and you can get pictures of whoever stole your device.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:36

16. greenlife (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


the samsung phone in the picture looks very cool

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