The Android 5.0 Lollipop has a number of new features for users and developers to explore. One of the key components of the new operating system is the kill switch, which protects the phone from being wiped clean if someone chooses to steal it.
The new feature, known as “factory reset protection,” will not allow someone to reset the phone to factory standards without a Google ID and password. If a thief cannot restore the phone back to its factory setting, he can’t do much at all with it.
Even though the idea behind the kill switch is good, it is still concerning that the kill switch is an opt-in feature. If you have not “opted in” and your phone gets stolen, thieves will still be able to wipe your phone clean. Knowing the option is opt-in will not deter the thieves either. They will still steal phones with the hope that someone has not activated a kill switch.
In this realm of smartphone technology, Apple is far more advanced than Android. The company introduced its kill switch in 2013, converting it to an opt-out feature for all new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.