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Snapdragon processors address mobile security with smartphone kill switch

Jan 6, 2015

Qualcomm products mentioned within this post are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Our mobile devices have become an integral and important part of our lives. More than any other device, our smartphones and tablets are with us almost constantly. Through them, we access much of the most important information in our lives, from personal contacts and banking information to photos and stored passwords. Losing our device or having it stolen can pose a real problem. And with the potential for high resale value, organized crime continues to resort to new methods to obtain more devices.

That is why Qualcomm Technologies developed its new Qualcomm SafeSwitch technology - to address the mobile security threat with a superior kill switch solution. SafeSwitch technology, combined with third party service provider support, is designed to allow device owners to remotely disable their devices in the event that they're lost or stolen - and then re-enable them in the event they're found. This helps to protect sensitive, valuable personal data and to deter device theft in the first place.

Qualcomm SafeSwitch technology is built upon strong security hardware - engineered to protect firmware, resist chip replacement, and to lock down critical device components. Through its tight integration with advanced security software, SafeSwitch is designed to allow for user control, including the ability to set a password remotely, erase and recover data, and locate or lock a lost or stolen device.  Qualcomm SafeSwitch hardware and software technology is engaged at the early boot stage before the operating system is up. This is designed to detect hacking attempts, including device wipe or malicious software install.

Qualcomm Technologies announced SafeSwitch in September of 2014 and is first making SafeSwitch available to OEM customers through its flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors.

Qualcomm theft-deterrent solutions like Qualcomm SafeSwitch technology are just one dimension of a multidimensional suite of Qualcomm Security Solutions.

Read more about Qualcomm Security Solutions on our website.

Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm SafeSwitch are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  Availability of SafeSwitch feature is subject to OEM and Carrier selection.  Certain remote and tracking features of SafeSwitch require support from third party service providers.