Samsung Galaxy S5 included “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” anti-theft options
Samsung Electronics is adding two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices.
The new features allow Galaxy S5 users to track devices and require the owner’s account information to reset the phone. The features, Find My Mobile, and Reactivation Lock, will come installed in the phones but must be activated by users.
The features announced Friday by the world’s leading mobile-phone maker will protect the Samsung Galaxy S5, which goes on sale next week in the U.S. The models sold by wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular will include “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” anti-theft options that users can activate for free.
“The decision … to provide Samsung’s Find My Mobile and Reactivation Lock features on Galaxy S5 smartphones and to allow those features to be activated for free is a step forward in our effort to ensure the industry makes effective theft deterrents available on every smartphone sold in America,” New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, and San Francisco’s district attorney, George Gascon, said in a statement.
“Samsung takes the issue of smartphone theft very seriously, and we are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions,” the company said in a statement.