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Android Lollipop has a ‘kill switch’ that can make stolen phones useless

California law requires that all smartphones made beginning next July include a “kill switch” that allows them to be disabled when stolen, and Google has just built one into Android. Recode reports that Android Lollipop includes a feature called “Factory Reset Protection,” which can make a phone require that a password is entered before it’s reset. When combined with the ability to remotely lock your phone, which Google introduced last year, it appears that Android devices now have a full “kill switch” that can make a phone useless when stolen and then bring it back to life should it be recovered.

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