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New York and San Francisco prosecutors announcing today a brand new initiative -- urging the cell phone industry to adopt technology.
That would help fight against the growing problem of cell phone robberies so what type of technology would really helped.
Joining us now is Kevin my -- he is co-founder and chief technology officer of look out developer of mobile security.
Technology just met with the attorneys general from new York and California talk about this and try to help them.
My concern I think everybody's answer if you lose -- -- on these days is for your own information to be secure hi we have a system.
Here -- -- that if yours if you lose or you have your cell phones stolen immediately they can send a signal that wipes out all your personal data is that what we should have would.
All cell -- I think most mobile phones you can buy today have the ability to remotely located -- remotely wipe it.
But one of the big problems that we have right now is that mobile phones can be wiped and we -- So even if you were able to get your information off of -- the -- still making 400 dollars perhaps reselling the phone in the US or even international.
And this is becoming -- more and more of an epidemic that we really need -- on top -- officials are worried enough that they've.
Now met with the -- with the Google's of the world and Samsung along with people like Q not just because of people's personal information but because.
Thirty to 35%.
Of all robberies now in the US involve people being attacked for their cellphone -- Smartphone.
What is it you can do to take that ability for them to resell the phone away just wipe password.
Press of a button somewhere remotely because that's we want to do is take away the profit.
Absolutely it is an economic solution to it and there's multiple things that are under way.
Number one -- user education so in New York for example they show pictures.
On the on the subway to.
Warn people when they're more likely to have the -- stolen.
The carriers in the US.
Are building a database so that stolen phones cannot be reactivated in the US well let's look let's just go back there -- behavior your behavior is -- got headphones blaring music in your plan with your phone.
You're a target those what those later phones are dead giveaway now.
You told as -- visited -- the good side for second of an anecdote.
About a new system that you have.
To catch thieves and it actually -- tells the anecdote absolutely so look out we have a free app you can download and we have a feature called lock him.
So if the thief gets your phone and enters the wrong password three times -- snap a photo of them.
And there was a woman in Arizona just this week who had a phone stolen unfortunate gunpoint.
And the thief tried to enter that than usual costs were 234.
Snapped a picture of him and the woman got an email with a picture of the feet.
Showed it to her local police department and they already knew the guy -- was a parolee.
And the guy was just death sentence -- convicted do you have to have a front facing camera because.
It's on the other side.
That on my -- -- -- phones -- is to have a front facing camera nowadays most of the apple actually flip that automatically yes yes genius and I -- that.
They -- so let's stick it.
But let me ask you about -- slightly different -- -- the NSA scandal and then there's such as it is says such as we know about it.
There is a lot of contention between Google and FaceBook and the other in an Internet providers as to whether.
They let the NSA again full steam full bore into the pipeline.
They say no they didn't but a lot of people think that once.
An organization like the NSA gets their nose under the tent they'd go anywhere they want is that true or not.
I can't speak to specifics of that issue that I know that -- spoken Google they they certainly -- lot about privacy.
And I think it's good that there's a public discussion.
Or what is the appropriate amount of information for as a technology DF which is what you -- you don't know whether or not the NSA would be able to get in if -- -- just a little bit whether they be able to peruse the whole system.
Well certainly you know with with.
Any sort of security system.
There are holes and it you know whether or not the NSA.
Engaged in -- attacks against companies in the USI I can't say I think would be highly unlikely for them to do that.
Well look out as a company that's actually working hard to deal with this issue of robberies of cellphones so everybody on the what does it look up dot com got dot com look -- dot com.
All kinds of apps and solutions to make sure that if -- found his stolen it's rendered useless and maybe that'll keep the -- from attacking people that's our hope thank you Kevin and a -- -- thanks a -- Good to see just.
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