- Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT) are adding a "kill switch" to their next smartphone operating systems, following Apple's (AAPL) release of the feature last September.
- Apple's kill switch function prompts users to enter their Apple ID and password before erasing data, turning off "Find my iPhone", or reactivating the device.
- Since the feature has been added, iPhone thefts have plummeted. New York displayed a 19% decrease in robberies for the first five months of 2014, compared to the same period last year. San Francisco robberies have dropped 38%.