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Legislation introduced calls for cellphone 'kill switch' to deter thieves

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The FCC says 30 to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide are cellphone thefts. This is in part why some senators are introducing legislation to hopefully protect you and deter thieves.

This new legislation that has been presented would require phone makers to create a way for you to disable your phone remotely in the event it was stolen. What that means is the phone would no longer be useable; making it useless to thieves. This feature would be called a kill switch.

While many cell phone users think this could be a great idea, there are still some things to be worked out. Some cellphone carriers are saying kill switches have some risks involved when it comes to hacking and privacy.

This legislation was just proposed in the California State Senate last week. Right now, there is also a group of U.S. senators from across the country who are proposing similar legislation that they hope could become federal law.

Until then, to protect yourself from what many thieves call "apple picking," there are a few apps. For Apple, it is the “Find My iPhone” app. For Android devices, it is the “Find My Phone” and “Where is My Droid” apps. These apps will help you locate, erase and lock your lost or stolen device.

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