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Minnesota is first to mandate smartphone 'kill switch'

Minnesota is first to mandate smartphone 'kill switch'
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Despite some resistance from phone carriers, Minnesota is requiring all smartphones to include a "kill switch" to cut back on theft. The law is the first in the nation.

According to the FCC, 1 in 3 robberies in the U.S. involves a cellphone. And when that phone is stolen, it doesn't take too long for a thief to access all the information in it - passwords, account numbers, private pictures and more.

With this bill, a consumer would let his or her carrier know about the loss, and the carrier would remotely wipe and lock the phone, rendering it unusable.

Many in the industry consider the legislation unnecessary. They point to apps such as Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager, which already do the same thing.

I'm not so sure that a kill switch is the answer, either. Until we get one, though, you need to secure your phone. Here are 7 essential steps to securing your smartphone.

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Source: USA Today
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