AGs urge smartphone makers to improve security

AGs urge smartphone makers to improve security

AGs urge smartphone makers to improve security

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is among a group of state attorneys general calling on smartphone makers to make smarter phones.
 
   The group says manufacturers need to find a way to combat the rise in violent street crimes involving smartphone thefts.
 
   Zoeller says one method discussed to try to slow aftermarket phone sales includes installing a smartphone "kill switch" which would make a stolen phone permanently useless. He says even if a mobile device stolen in the U.S. no is longer able to access domestic cell networks, the phone can still be reactivated in foreign countries.
 
   Zoeller says stolen phones are a problem for consumers because many also contain personal and financial information.
 
   Zoeller says manufacturers have added some anti-theft features, but says more needs to be done.
 

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