iOS Activation lock does its job and discourages thieves - statistics show a massive drop in stolen iPhones

iOS Activation lock does its job and discourages thieves - statistics show a massive drop in stolen iPhones
Last year, Jerry Brown, governor of California, signed a legislation, which states that all smartphones sold in the state from the 1st of July of this year need to have a sort of "kill switch" baked within its software. The point is to allow users who have had their phone stolen be able to lock / wipe their handset from a distance – a feature, which is currently available in many handsets, but requires users to opt in, rather being on by default.

So far, Apple's iCloud Activation Lock is the most straightforward of said solutions – it goes on automatically, once the user switches the "Find my iPhone" function on, and will stay ever-present, turning the iPhone into a fancy paperweight, if a person who does not know your iCloud user name and password tries to deactivate "Find my iPhone", or wipes the handset. Buyers of second-hand iDevices can also visit the iCloud website to check if a handset they are eyeing is locked.

The Lock's popularity has obviously caught on, as a year-over-year statistic shows that iPhone theft has dropped by 40% in San Francisco and 25% is New York, while officials across the pond claim a 50% drop in stolen smartphones (it is unclear, whether this covers all smartphones, or just iPhones).

Come July the 1st, we will probably be seeing a lot more activation locks on all kinds of handsets. Android has the remote Device Manager, which can be accessed at www.google.com/android/devicemanager, but the tool requires the phone to still be both connected to the Internet and to your Google account for it to work, which gives thieves a lot of leeway. Windows Phone 8.1 still lacks such a feature, though, Microsoft has said that it will be present in Windows 10.

source: Reuters

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12 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Probably the number one feature I only like about the iPhone.

2. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

windows phone has this feature since day one in Find my phone section in the windowsphone.com website where u can lock, ring or erase the phone and it doesn't even need internet connection as it relies on sms code if the internet is down. maybe the author should do some research before writing up an article

5. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Find My iPhone had those features all along. Activation Lock is a totally different thing. Maybe you should do some research as well.

11. mrochester

Posts: 1034; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Activation lock is where the phone cannot be activated even after it has been wiped. This means the device cannot be used for any purpose, anywhere in the world, until the original owner inputs their username and password.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry also has had the same feature for quite sometime, since OS7.1, and it continues to have it on its BB10 devices. It's called BlackBerry Protect.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And? This isn't related to blackberry at all. Stop trying to get stir up the pot.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop being salty, bumburned.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop being right? Excuse me then.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

YOU'RE complaining about me making a comment that you don't agree with, accusing me of "stirring the pot", when that's ALL you do on damn near every BlackBerry article? And on Samsung/Android articles? Pot, meet Kettle.... And apply aloe to that bumburn while you're at it.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you're a hypocrite to? You claim to be neutral yet your comment says otherwise. Checkmate.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

All my comment said was that BlackBerry had that feature for quite sometime. That's not a lie. It's the truth. What's wrong with telling the truth? Never, ever have I claimed to be neutral. But you've claimed that you're not a troll, even though you troll on a regular basis. And it's "too", not "to". As always, you're using the words incorrectly. Class dismissed.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's great.

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