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January 9, 2015

Qualcomm officially adds a SafeSwitch in the Snapdragon 810 chipset

Qualcomm-KillSwitchOver in the USA a law was brought in for mobile phones to have a “Kill Switch”. Now manufacturers and software developers are beginning to employ this security-related feature in the devices and mobile platforms they develop. Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, comes with a kill switch.  In Apple’s iOS 8, it turned on by default. Windows Phone 8.1 has it, too.

If you’ve not heard about kill switches, they allow you to remotely disable your device, thus protecting your sensitive data in case that you lose it or someone steals it from you.

Qualcomm, the world  leader on the chipset market, has also jumped onto kill switch bandwagon with its SafeSwitch. The Snapdragon 810 comes with Qualcomm’s own kill switch security functionality on board. Dubbed SafeSwitch, Qualcomm’s solution is a hardware-based one and it’s yet another option ahead of all those smartphone manufacturers that put said chip in their devices. SafeSwitch will allow you to “set a password remotely, erase and recover data, and locate or lock a lost or stolen device”.

Qualcomm says,

SafeSwitch is described to being almost impossible to “hack”, not only because it’s hardware-based, but due to its early activation during the boot process, long before the rest of the firmware on your phone starts.

That sounds pretty safe to us. What do you think?

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini