website statistics
According to an IDG report, smartphones are fueling violent crimes across U.S. Lack of awareness and lack of counter-measures are to blame.

Your take on Getting a SmartWatch?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)
Loading...Loading...

Smartphones have brought a lot of convenience for the consumers and fueled the growth of technology markets. But, they have also increased criminal activities. No, I’m not talking about sophisticated cybercrimes. I’m talking about violent crimes including hijacking, robbery and theft of mobile devices.

According to an investigation by IDG News Service, smartphones are driving violent crimes across U.S. As part of the investigation, IDG collected data on serious crimes in San Francisco from November to April. The data revealed that on some days, the only serious crimes reported in the Police log were cellphone thefts. And half of these incidents involved physical assault or life threatening incidents.

An interactive map of such crimes in San Francisco can be viewed here.

The reasons behind the increase in such crimes include the quick salability of cellphones or tablets for a couple of hundred dollars, lack of awareness about how stolen devices can be tracked, and an absence of consensus on a permanent deactivation of stolen devices.

Until recently, measures to stop someone from using a stolen cellphone or tablet were limited. Lately, carriers in the U.S. have built a database of stolen handsets. The database uses a handset’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number to track stolen devices and block it upon network access.

The IMEI number of a handset is a permanent identity of a mobile device, which don’t change when someone changes the SIM card. Hence, a handset can be tracked separate from a mobile number.

Once a user notifies the carrier about a stolen handset, the carrier enters the IMEI number of the handset into the ‘stolen’ database, and shares it with other carrier. Hence, it is theoretically impossible for a stolen handset to be re-activated in the U.S.

However, this system is not invincible. If you’re familiar with the technology then you can always change the IMEI number of a handset. Plus, consumers have to report a stolen handset, with its IMEI, first.

Some people are also advocating for a permanent ‘kill switch’ for handsets that can be activated remotely. Among them is George GascA3n, a San Francisco’s district attorney. He believes that by removing the marketability of stolen products, we can eliminate the problem. “What we need is a technical solution, we need a kill switch that when a phone gets reported stolen the manufacturer or the carrier or a combination of both are going to render that phone inoperable anywhere,” he said.

But, such a kill switch will inevitably wash off any chance to get the device back in future. Plus, there are other security concerns too.

Some advise, to reduce such crimes consumer awareness is the key. Cellphone users shouldn’t be engrossed into their devices’ screen and should heighten their senses about their surroundings when talking on the phone.

Source: NetworkWorld

Buy Cheapest Related Product From Amazon.com


WebM’s VP9 Codec Nears Completion; Chrome, YouTube Will Use It

Bosch Unveils Power Max Electric Vehicle Charger For $450
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post

Tags: ,

  On May 12, 2013(2 years, 2 months ago.)

You May Also Like:

Recent Products

Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Compare  

What Do You Think?

Loading Facebook Comments ...

FTC Disclosure: Some of the links of this website are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.


Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

Want to change theme on android ? We will show you how to change theme on android. It will makes your phone looks like new and smart.
You can record your screen on android very easily. No root Required. All you have to need a pc and USB cable. Let's find out.
A simple tutorial on how-to block a phone number on Android device, without an external app. Its pretty easy and straight-forward. Take a look.
Here we will show how to take Screenshot on your Apple Watch.
For too many people, the realization that they need to back up their photos and videos only comes when they misplace or break their smartphones and lose everything. Here we a report on possible solution and best tools.
Not sure if you are aware that your Wi-Fi Router Or Modem could be hacked too. Here we found a quick tips, how to check if your Router or Modem is hacked.
Our today’s tutorial is about how to change Font on Android.
Here is the tutorial about how to setup MMS on Android device.
In this tutorial I will show you how to enable Instant Upload inside your Google+ app on Android, so that you can sync your photos and videos with Google+ instantly.
Here is another tutorial for the Android lovers. I will show you how to change keyboard on Android.
Close You Have To Login
User:
Pass:
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook