The idea behind a “kill switch” is that it will enable users to remotely disable their smartphones or tablets in the event hat they get stolen in order to protect their data. A few states have started pushing to require this option in all devices, which is why Qualcomm has introduced a “kill switch” into the Snapdragon 810.
“Kill switch” is the buzz phrase of lawmakers and security enforcers these days, at least when it comes to the issues of smartphone security and theft. Even with some flaws and its fair share of detractors, manufacturers, platform developers, and app developers are scrambling to add some form of the feature into their products. Now even Qualcomm is getting into the game. It is announcing that its own hardware-based SafeSwitch solution will debut on the Snapdragon 810, the chip that is expected to power many high-end mobile devices this year.