FCC: Smartphone thefts are down thanks to Apple
posted by Alan F. / Dec 06, 2014, 10:38 AM
The FCC advises smartphone users to be aware of their surroundings, and to jot down the IMEI number belonging to their handset. The Feds also suggest that smartphone owners consider the theft of their phone to be as serious as the theft of their credit cards. After all, important financial and personal information resides inside a handset.
The Activation Lock, which was first introduced for iOS 7, prevents someone from trying to disable Find My iPhone on a stolen handset. If a thief attempts to remove Find My iPhone, he or she will be locked out of the device until the correct password is entered. Additionally, it prevents data from being wiped on the phone without a correct password. And it also demands a password when re-activating Find My iPhone.
The FCC also suggested that security apps could be helpful in fighting back against smartphone theft. It also suggests that anyone who is a victim of such a crime, report it immediately. The agency also would like to make it mandatory for manufacturers and carriers to permit smartphones to be remotely locked and wiped if they are stolen.
thanks to apple. no one wants to steal the new iphones
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 10:41 AM 34
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According to sales numbers, I guess they decided to buy one instead of steal it....
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 10:49 AM 28
thanks to apple that's like saying thanking a car company for fixing a recall item, if you cause the problem in the first place its your job to fix it, and if anyone is wondering what i mean if apple would stopping being a sin (greed) then people would not steal a $800-$1000 phone that's not worth that much $600-$700 and that's generous number
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 4:53 PM 3
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thanks to Apple, iphones bend, so no one puts an iPhone in their back pocket anymore hahahahahahahahahaa :p
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 6:04 PM 13
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I'll give credit where credit is due, once an iPhone is device-locked, it is a brick. I get no less than four people a day trying to activate iPhones they bought from somebody on Craigslist or Facebook that have a lock on them still. Then they're like: "What? You can't unlock it?". Mad salty, but stupid people...
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:01 AM 6
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The title of the article should be "Apple smartphones thefts are down thanks to Apple". They were clearly the more targeted devices, certain platform/s were already secured whether or not they were targeted.
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:15 AM 16
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Agreed, how the hell is Apple helping android smartphone thefts? They're not. But they definitely are the most targetted devices. Tons of iCloud locked iPhones on the Internet for sale.
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:29 AM 3
It helps android because android workarounds are still inadequate, and second the government (at least in the US) is pushing others to implement same security measures to Apple's standard. Basically, Apple showed that it is possible to design a very effective solution to a growing problem, and just like many other things Apple did, others can reverse-engineer and implement in other devices, AGAIN... When your phone data is as secure in case of lost or stolen - you can thank Apple for the push. PS (before Apple haters attack me, I know that apples solution isn't absolute - but so far it's the one you cannot wipe or by pass as simply as you can do on android)
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 10:33 PM 1
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Samsung and their fans are not happy with this news! :-)
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:37 AM 7
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Um, Samsung is on the right track bud. Sorry to break it to you. http://tinypic.com/r/118g7tg/8
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:43 AM 7
why and samsung owner has no problem with this since we have that the lock and find my phone and wipe the device remotely for a long time, as usual apple is the last to the gate and wait for it...................... they do it better hahahahahahhaha\ i love stupid people.
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 5:02 PM 3
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Do you know when Samsung released theirs? Apple released find my phone feature in 2010. Google in 2013. http://www.cnet.com/news/googl
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 6:09 PM 3
I think he was referring to that fake app that thieves just wipe off when they restore the stolen phone... lol... But yea, we're talking on a system level, and no, paying $30 for lowjack (a solution that Google worked out at first after apple showed theirs) isnt really an answer is it?
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 11:46 PM 2
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Thefts are down because its hard to sell a bent iphone
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 12:04 PM 9
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Thanks to Apple we had the first smartphone and tablet aswell, they created the whole bussiness, they simply rock.
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 1:17 PM 5
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Apple didn't create the first smartphone or tablet. The originals didn't have the popularity the Apple ones did, which is largely due to Apple's loyal customer base. Blackberry, WinMo, and Symbian were around long before the iPhone came into being, and MS and others had tablets pre iPad. Next thing we'll hear is Apple created the wheel and the question mark too.
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 2:21 PM 11
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