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Verizon Wireless and other major companies have joined the voluntary program

The CTIA and the top five U.S. wireless carriers have teamed up on what they call the Smartphone Anti-theft Voluntary Commitment. This is a voluntary effort by the industry to help reduce smartphone theft in the U.S. Reducing smartphone theft is a huge concern since it is one of the most common types of theft in the country.
The Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment sees participants agree that each new smartphone sold after July 2015 will offer certain anti-theft apps pre-loaded or available to download. The features will allow the remote wipe of user data.
The agreement will also include software that can render the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user. Unauthorized users will also be blocked from reactivating the phone without the authorized user's permission. One of the big features is that the smartphone has to be able to be reactivated by the authorized user if it is recovered.

iOS 7 Activation Lock
Companies like Apple already include similar functionality in devices that support iOS 7. For example, iOS 7 includes Activation Lock (which is enabled when you turn on “Find My iPhone”) that requires your Apple ID and password to be entered before you can:
  • Turn off Find My iPhone on your device
  • Erase your device
  • Reactivate and use your device 
CTIA says that the following companies are participating with the voluntary effort: Apple Inc.; Asurion; AT&T; Google Inc.; HTC America, Inc.; Huawei Device USA; Motorola Mobility LLC; Microsoft Corporation; Nokia, Inc.; Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.; Sprint Corporation; T-Mobile USA; U.S. Cellular; and Verizon Wireless.
“We appreciate the commitment made by these companies to protect wireless users in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA. “By working together with policymakers, law enforcement and consumers, we will deter theft and protect users’ personal information on smartphones.”  

Source: CTIA

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Ok great
By NellyFromMA on 4/16/2014 10:51:17 AM , Rating: 3
I'm fine with it as long as it isn't abusable by hackers. Speaking of which, has anyone heard about the Android exposure to Heartbleed? Given US carriers anemic approach to software updates, its kind of concerning.

DT should do an article, but in the mean time, you should all have a read to verify you aren't affected.

RE: Ok great
By Motoman on 4/16/2014 11:36:59 AM , Rating: 5
I'm fine with it as long as it isn't abusable by hackers.

Here is the list of computerized systems that aren't abusable by hackers:

RE: Ok great
By NellyFromMA on 4/16/2014 12:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
My point exactly.

RE: Ok great
By NesuD on 4/16/2014 11:40:21 AM , Rating: 3
Android OS OpenSSL version has heartbeats disabled by default. However some apps may use their own version of OpenSSL and enable heartbeats. Apps like Logmein and the Netflix app enable heartbeats in their versions of OpenSSL. There is an app in the playstore called heartbleed scanner that will scan your phone for apps that use OpenSSL and tell you if heartbeats are enabled and if the version of OpenSSL being used is at risk.

RE: Ok great
By NellyFromMA on 4/16/2014 12:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome, thanks for the tip!

RE: Ok great
By Reclaimer77 on 4/16/14, Rating: 0
RE: Ok great
By atechfan on 4/18/2014 8:49:38 PM , Rating: 2
I was against it until I saw it was voluntary, and that you can reactivate the phone with your credentials. This alleviated my two major concerns.

RE: Ok great
By dew111 on 4/17/2014 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's probably why it has to be able to be reactivated by the original user. That makes it harder to exploit, or at least less permanent, as they could only erase your phone, not brick it.

Nice try but ...
By rainyday on 4/16/2014 10:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
However the fist thing any crook does is pull out the sim card and reset the device. Without sim card internet wont work and you cant trace the phone. Crook probably wont be connected to a free wifi either. And a Pre boot factory reset does the rest. You Just Push Some Buttons.

Avoid Hacking
By SuckRaven on 4/17/2014 12:04:43 AM , Rating: 2
Do like Putin does. Don't have a cell phone. You won't be hacked. At least not through your phone. I'm pretty sure it's too late for most people to go back. It's kind of like Pandora's box that way. LOL. Oh Orwell............

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