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Jul 19 2013, 4:50am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple and Samsung's Activation Lock Features to be Tested by Government

The US government is to test Apple and Samsung mobile activation lock features. This is so as to see if they are theft-proof or not.

Government is going to get tough on thieves who have taken to “Apple Picking”. This is where violent street crimes occur at an alarming rate and all for nothing but those Apple (and Samsung) iPhones. It is a sad fact that greed takes precedence over goodness. Two government officials have begun their operations by testing the lock systems of the iPhones. If they can stand up to the government’s standards then everything is okay. Otherwise the companies may face some serious questioning regarding their efforts to stop the iPhones from being stolen. Apple and Samsung are not going to be given a license to advertise their activation lock systems if these devices don’t work in real life. The clever strategies and cunning schemes employed by thieves and burglars are very effective.

According to CNet, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said in a joint statement, "While we are appreciative of the efforts made by Apple and Samsung to improve security of the devices they sell, we are not going to take them at their word. Today we will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves."

The anti-theft campaign by the government is known as the Secure Our Smartphone (S.O.S.) initiative. The tests they have devised are supposed to imitate real life scenarios of theft. Apple’s activation lock is literally baked into the iOS 7. It is meant to deactivate and reactivate the iPhone on the original user’s command. The government was hopeful that Apple and Samsung had done all that lay in their capacity to produce an efficient lock system. Nevertheless, it also made it clear that it had the right to pass judgment on this crucial feature based on the results of the tests. Security experts were to be brought in to test the locks. Samsung had a Lojack security app solution while Apple had an Activation Lock theft deterrent feature.

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