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Find My iPhone app gets a man murdered

Find My iPhone app gets a man murdered

Today, we have a strong word of warning about tracking a stolen or lost smartphone. Back in the summer of 2010, Apple released an application called Find My iPhone. In 2013, Google followed with Android Device Manager.

Both let smartphone owners track down their lost and stolen gadgets, and even remotely wipe them if necessarily. Unfortunately, while these apps work great, most of the time, they do create a huge danger to you.

Using these tracking apps to track down your phone is fine, IF it leads you to a phone you simply lost or misplaced. But using either of them to track a stolen phone is a very dumb and very dangerous idea.

The latest example of just how dangerous it is comes to us from Birmingham, Alabama, where this past weekend a 23-year-old man tracked his stolen iPhone directly to the thief who took it. The victim confronted the thief and used Find My iPhone to ring the phone, which turned out to be in the thief's car.

As the smartphone owner reached into the car to get the phone back, the thief shot him twice in the chest. The smartphone owner later died.

Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis gave the following advice to NBC:

"If you have an app on the phone, contact your local police department. Let the police do their job and recover your stolen property. Don't take these matters into your own hands - these things normally don't turn out too good."

Always remember, compared to your life, a replacement phone is cheap. Take a moment today and Google the phrase, "smartphone tracking deaths." You’ll quickly discover that trying to retrieve stolen smartphones often ends horribly. Warn your family, too.

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Source: NBC News
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