Google has rolled out a new security feature to its Android operating system, allowing users to remotely lock their device if lost or stolen. The feature has been integrated into the Android Device Manager, which also allows users to locate their device with GPS and wipe the device of any personal data.
The update comes to users running Android 2.2 or later, and requires users to create a password specifically for unlocking the device. In the event that a user’s standard lock screen pass code is hacked, users are able to set up a different code through Android Device Manager to override the original password.
The device will be locked immediately upon the user’s request, as long as it has as Wi-Fi connection or data connection. If the device is in Airplane Mode or turned off, the lock will take effect once the device has a wireless connection or is turned back on.