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.
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.