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LG G3 gets anti-theft Kill Switch courtesy of McAfee

Protected from the hands of pilferers
Thu Jun 12 2014, 12:50

LG G3 frontLG ANNOUNCED on Thursday that it has joined forces with McAfee to keep the LG G3 safe from the hands of pilferers by adding a Kill Switch to its flagship smartphone.

The LG G3 is one of the first smartphones to launch with a Kill Switch, a feature that lets users disable their phones remotely in the event of loss or theft in order to prevent thieves getting hold of personal data.

Head of LG's smartphone planning division Dr Ramchan Woo said, "We are working with McAfee to offer a customised version of its award-winning mobile security software that leverages built-in LG capabilities to make security an integral part of LG G3.

"The implementation of the Kill Switch feature is just one of several specific measures we are taking to ensure that our users can easily and comprehensively protect themselves from the growing threat landscape, both physical and online."

Citing the fact that Android mobile malware increased 197 percent between December 2012 and 2013, LG announced that the LG G3 will also ship with a McAfee's Mobile Security app pre-installed. This will provide the smartphone with antivirus, data backup, remote lock and wipe and remote tracking services for five years at no cost.

McAfee SVP John Giamatteo added, "We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life."

LG said that McAfee Mobile Security will be activated on all LG G3 handsets from 28 May, and with the phone set to start shipping in the UK on 1 July, buyers can expect to find the software pre-installed from the get-go.

A Kill Switch soon might appear on other smartphone devices. Last year, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others committed to implementing the anti-theft switch, which will arrive on smartphones from July 2015. µ


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