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Remote Lock added to Android Device Manager

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Sep 24, 2013

This is big news, paranoid Androids! Amidst all the talk about the weak security provided by the iPhone fingerprint scanner, amongst a number of other good reasons to make the switch from Apple to Android, now Google's Android Device Manager has been blessed with a remote lock feature.

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The new feature lets the user lock a lost or stolen device with a password. The best part about it is that this password can be used to override the existing password, PIN or pattern lock, on the off chance you're silly enough to use a weak one or have it written down somewhere. After all, we all know smudge marks on the screen can give away our best efforts at pattern locks! Even your fingerprint isn't as safe as you'd think.

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Android Device Manager will instruct you how to activate remote lock. / © AndroidPIT/Google

The more added security we can get on our ridiculously expensive devices the better, in my humble opinion. The pressure being put on manufacturers to include a kill switch has been steadily growing, and Korea has already introduced a law ensuring all devices made for that market include a kill switch. For US consumers in the meantime, this excellent showing from Google means you don't have to wait for OEMs to play catch up.

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Simply set up the options on your handset and you're protected. / © AndroidPIT

The only downside I can see is that if you've lost your device in Airplane Mode (for example, to save battery power) then the new lock will only take effect once it's reconnected to the internet, which could give bad guys a little play time with your existing security. In any case, Android Device Manager is available for free right now.

What do think about this new feature? Are you using Android Device Manager yet?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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