HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
NEWS & INFORMATION FOR TECHNOLOGY PURCHASERS. UPDATED 11 MINUTES AGO.
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / Phone Anti-Theft Solutions Tested
Barium Ferrite (BaFe):
Higher Capacity, Superior Performance, Longer Archival Life
www.thefutureoftape.com
Officials 'Stress Test' Smartphone Anti-Theft Solutions
Officials 'Stress Test' Smartphone Anti-Theft Solutions
By Seth Fitzgerald / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JULY
22
2013

State and federal officials have decided to stress-test the latest Apple and Samsung smartphones in order to find weaknesses in their security.

This decision comes as part of the Secure Our Smartphone Initiative, which is being led by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Security experts will test the iPhone 5's activation lock, while the LoJack for Android application will be tested on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Tests

Apple is introducing the new activation lock feature with iOS 7 to try and prevent thieves from wiping a device completely clean and then selling it. Without activation lock, anyone is able to take an iPhone and restore it to factory settings simply by opening iTunes, which has led to many unrecoverable iPhones.

These thefts are so common with iPhones that they are actually called "Apple picking." Just in San Francisco and Oakland alone there were more than 2,000 smartphone thefts throughout 2012, and in New York, smartphones now make up 40 percent of all robberies.

Activation lock will work by requiring the original Apple ID and password in order for a user to disable Find My iPhone, wipe data, or re-activate the device once it has been deactivated. Gascon and Schneiderman hope to reduce the value of stolen smartphones.

"Finding technical solutions that will remove the economic value of stolen smartphones is critical to ending the national epidemic of violent street crimes commonly known as 'Apple Picking,' " the two said in a joint statement.

One of the original statistics provided when the duo was starting the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative was that 113 smartphones are stolen every minute in the U.S., with 70 percent of them iPhones. This statistic alone makes the stress tests worth it and increase the overall importance of a feature like activation lock.

LoJack for Android will also be tested for slightly different reasons. The $30-per-year LoJack application is capable of remotely locking a phone and deleting personal data. Experts will attempt to break past the security features present in LoJack as if they were a thief that was attempting to wipe a phone prior to selling it.

Preventing Thefts

Although these tests will undoubtedly be beneficial for iOS 7 devices and current LoJack users, smartphone thefts are still very common and testing just two devices will not prevent all thefts. This has resulted in some measures already being put in place to try and inhibit the ability for thieves to be successful with any smartphone.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have announced that all of the major U.S. cell phone carriers have agreed to help set up a database that will track reported stolen phones. Along with setting up a database, Schumer has also introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate, the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, which proposes a five-year prison sentence for tampering with any identification numbers on a cell phone.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Gawana:
Posted: 2014-03-24 @ 12:48pm PT
The LockItTight is the best application because its less intrusive and more refined features than any other similar application. they have the best support too.

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY INTEREST YOU
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

NETWORK SECURITY SPOTLIGHT
An easily avoided security lapse -- failure to use two-factor authentication on a single server -- is being blamed for the massive computer breach that hit JPMorgan Chase this past summer.

ENTERPRISE HARDWARE SPOTLIGHT
Flying under the radar just before Christmas, HP has launched a new version of its Chromebook 14, most notable for its touch screen and full high-definition display, plus more powerful specs.

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT
The Rockstar Consortium backed by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson, just sold the smartphone patents it was holding to the RPX Clearinghouse for $900M.
© Copyright 2014 NewsFactor Network, Inc. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.