Windows Phone GDR2 includes anti-theft protection to secure your lost or stolen handset

Windows Phone GDR2 includes anti-theft protection to secure your lost or stolen handset
Among the features included with the GDR2 update for Windows Phone 8.1 is an anti-theft system that will make sure that your device is secure even if it is lost or stolen. If your handset was safely unlocked when it went AWOL, no one will be able to reset or reflash the device for their own personal use.

The manufacturer does need to enable this "Reset Protection" so not every Windows Phone model will have it available. There are two parts to this system. The first part asks the user who performs a factory reset on the phone to enter the Microsoft username and password associated with the unit. If a new image is flashed on the device, and reset protection is switched on, the only way the device can be used is if the original phone owner enters the correct information. This is similar to something that we have seen added recently with Android 5.1.

The second part of the system involves a Windows Phone handset that does have the Reset Protection turned on. In that case, a lost or stolen phone cannot be flashed back to an earlier version of the OS that does not support Reset Protection, which would be a clever move by a phone thief. If you forget your Microsoft Account username and password, reset protection can be disabled using a "recovery key." To obtain the key, you need to upload the device's IMEI code to the Reset Protection unlock page. Once your code is received, the recovery key is sent allowing you to access your handset again.

source: NPU

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27 Comments

1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

None of the 13 Windows Phone users are worried about theft.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

*30 million

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Let him to me.....i wann play a little :)

5. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Have you ever get a life ?

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The better question is, do you?

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Damn homie.........how could you do this....i thought you was my friend, what a shame :( i guess i was wrong

25. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

More like 80 million.

28. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha fanboys.........so sad!

2. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

In 2017, on WP phones, you will be able to change your keyboard ! Seriously, Microsoft would better let the programmers who make the android's custom roms in charge of WP.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why? It's the best kb out there.

20. Phonecall01 unregistered

Nothing wrong with the keyboard. Seems like they're taking their time to do things right. Cortana for example...Superior than the other two IMO.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I don't see why they are even bothering with another GDR2. They might as well just release it with windows 10.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

To keep the crying Lumia fans quiet until then. They need to have an update to justify their lives. Oh BTW, I own a Green 1520 that absolutely rocks, but I understand it's just a phone.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And btw you will be able to download Windows 10 preview this Friday :)

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I'm so pumped for that. As soon as it goes live, getting the update.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Haven't read anything about that. Where'd you see it? I'm not on Twitter so I don't hang on Gabe's tip like some do.

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I agree. The Lumia fans at this point are the ones that whine the most. I really don't care, as you said it's just a phone. Kudos to saying Lumia fans, most of them aren't windows phone fans.

14. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

If they aren't Windows Phone fans.....what are they ?

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Lumia fans. They are only on the platform because of Nokia Lumia and won't consider anything else, such as HTC or Samsung windows phones.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's a shame because the Samsung Ativ SE is an absolute beast but I couldn't deal with Verizon and their billing practices so I returned it.

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I have a M8 for windows, and it is amazing. While Microsoft is MIA on the high end front, HTC drops this bomb and no one even cares. How do they expect the platform to grow with just one OEM?

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The camera, plain and simple. I tried the M8 before getting the 1520 and it was not worthy of a flagship phone. I depend on a good camera for scanning and that HTC let me down a bit. Other than that, it's an excellent device with kickass speakers.

23. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I barely ever use the camera, so I don't care how good it is. The other stuff makes up for it, by far imo. I love this phone, and see no reason to upgrade anytime soon.

15. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Whatever the platform, it's a good addition to any smartphone. There are all kind of price ranges for smartphones but despite that, thefts keep raising.

21. ChunkDiesel072014

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I came up with an idea called Security Tiles. Individual tiles on the lock screen or for any apps that to the user's discretion can be used to unlock the device. They can be used in several ways. Color Lock- arrange the colors of the tiles to the color selected by the user. Combo Tiles- By performing a swipe gesture with your finger you can scroll through a choice of symbols numbers or pictures set up by the user. Getting the correct sequence and combos right unlocks the app or phone. Skin lock- Using more than just your fingerprint for a lock you can use your toes lips elbow or whatever its more of a joke but its optional like the rest. Hangman Lock- guess the user set amount of words right and receive access to apps or phone get the answers wrong or hangman too much and the phone goes back to main lock screen and asks for Microsoft account information. Phony Lock. This displays one true lock page that unlocks the phone and then several phony lock screens to fool those watching you from cameras and over your shoulder to get through them you can enter anything or assign special buttons (hardware) to just unlock the phone. Picto Lock or Pixel Lock. Create an image with the security tiles using a 4x4 grid or up too as much as the user selects. Images can use a certain amount of tiny tiles or pixels or big tiles. To unlock you must draw the security picto or use the required colors and tiles/pixels. Or..both. These are a few ideas I came up with for Microsoft Windows Phone if you guys like them can you tell me how to contact them and give them the idea? (: ?

24. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

If you want to put in feedback, go to the windows phone user voice. It lets people vote on ideas.

29. tommartin17

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

great review!

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