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The Apple Watch is ridiculously easy to steal

The Apple Watch is ridiculously easy to steal
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The Apple Watch, as amazing as it is, is an expensive piece of hardware. That's why this new revelation is going to make me think twice about wearing my Apple Watch in public!

It turns out there's a major flaw in the new gadget that makes it wide-open to thieves. I'm talking about the absence of a kill switch. At it's core, a kill switch lets users remotely wipe data from a stolen or lost smartphone. The kill switch also allows users to lock the phone so it can't be used again.

You might remember when I told you that major tech companies like Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung collectively made a "voluntary commitment" to have a mandatory kill switch built into all smartphones made after July 2015 in order to combat theft of these gadgets.

But wait, there are other things missing from the Apple Watch, too. The Watch also doesn't have GPS hardware because it relies on the paired iPhone's GPS. This means you can't use Find My iPhone to track it if it is lost or stolen.

Even worse, researchers have found that it is simple to reset the Apple Watch to its factory settings and pair it with a new iPhone. Watch how easy it is in the video below:

So why aren't these key features a part of the Apple Watch? For now we have no answers. All we can hope is that Apple fixes the problem soon. Meanwhile, keep a close eye on your Apple Watch because if it slips away, it seems there are no reliable ways for tracking it down.

Stay tuned to what's Happening Now and I'll have all the latest news on this as it breaks.

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