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With thefts rising, smart phones need a 'kill switch'

Even as smart phones continue to grow ever more sophisticated, they're not immune to a very mundane problem: theft. About 3.1 million smart phones were stolen in the U.S. last year , Consumer Reports has projected. That's nearly twice the number of thefts we projected for the previous year. In major cities across the U.S., police have reported as much as 40 percent of all robberies involve smart phones and other handheld electronics, according to the FCC.Replacing a stolen phone is expensive, but your problems don't stop there. When your sensitive information—passwords, credit card numbers, and more—falls into the wrong hands, it puts you at serious risk of identity theft.The wireless industry trade group CTIA recently announced voluntary commitments to provide antitheft tools for smart phones, starting next year. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, believes the industry must take further steps to deter criminals and protect consumers.Learn more about...

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