In this video, tech expert Neil Farquharson demonstrates that the remote wipe or remote delete security function is easily defeated. Most phones can be put into airplane mode without requiring the pin code or thumbprint. Professional thieves can purchase Faraday bags on the Internet and place stolen phones in these before the remote wipe signal can be sent. Even ordinary aluminum kitchen foil can be used to prevent reception of the remote wipe instruction.
Executives with important company data on their phones beware. The thief who is shadowing you probably does not want your phone – he wants the data on it.