Experts suggest a unique method to prevent criminals from remotely wiping mobile devices that have been seized by police officers and stored in police stations. According to BBC News, several police forces in the UK, including Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Durham, and Dorset, have reported cases where data on confiscated handsets were wiped remotely before it could be accessed for criminal investigations. This technology, originally designed to combat mobile crime, allows owners to delete sensitive data if their devices are stolen. However, criminals are taking advantage of this feature. Mr. Munro, an analyst who evaluates digital devices for corporate clients, recommends placing confiscated devices in a radio-frequency shielded bag as a preventive measure. If immediate access to the scene is not possible, he suggests putting the devices in a microwave oven, which acts as a shield against mobile and tablet signals. It is important to clarify that the microwave should not be turned on! Popular mobile device brands that can be wiped remotely include Apple iPhones and Google Android This warning serves as a precautionary measure for those involved in criminal investigations or those concerned about data security.
Thanks to iCloud, iPhone users now have the ability to locate and remotely erase their devices. To do so, simply head over to Settings > iCloud on your device and enable Find My iPhone if it is not already activated.
The latest update of Android Lost now includes a convenient feature that allows users to remotely locate and wipe their Android devices. For those working in corporate environments, IT managers have the option to enable the native remote wipe function by installing Google Apps Device Policy on Android devices. However, it is important to note that this capability cannot be added to devices retroactively.
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