kill switch


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kill switch

Hardware or software that immediately stops an operation. Stemming from the big red button often found on dangerous machinery that is pressed in an emergency, a "virtual kill switch" is a function in software that shuts down the device. For example, in smartphones, a kill switch can be activated remotely if the device is stolen in order to prevent someone from obtaining sensitive information.

In order to deter criminals from stealing smartphones, in 2014, California enacted a law requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have a remote-controlled kill switch by July 2015 that would render the device useless.
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Dubai: Remote kill switch and tracking technology has reduced theft of cars, accidents and misuse involving rental and commercial vehicles, industry sources said.
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The kill switch means a stolen phone would not operate without a password and therefore be useless to a thief.
The kill switch will allow a user to remotely disable a
Plummeting thefts Following Apple's release of a kill switch in September, thefts of iPhones in some cities "plummeted," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped start a coalition of law enforcement officials and consumer and public safety activists that has prodded the industry to add the theft-deterrence measures.