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The world’s biggest smartphone makers have agreed to implement wide–reaching security measures in new devices, with the inclusion of a so–called kill switch for all phones from July 2015.

Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola and Nokia are just some of the companies who’ve agreed to the plans, which will be rolled out in the United States only to begin with.

A kill switch will allow phone users to remotely wipe data if a device is stolen or lost and make a phone inoperable. A cloud backup would also allow them to restore vital apps, contacts and files if they managed to get hold of their handset again.

It seems unlikely that this feature will only be included in US smartphones. Recent reports have shown a rise in UK phone thefts, with measures aimed at preventing the reselling of stolen devices appearing to fail. A kill switch for phones on these shores could go some way to rectifying the problem and saving a heap of money in insurance fees.

Source CTIA

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