Google Apps offer remote kill switch

Google has added the ability to remotely disable its cloud-based applications.

The change has been made to protect business users who expressed concerns about lost or stolen mobile devices which could contain sensitive data gleaned from Google's web-dwelling applications.

Yesterday the search megacorporation announced that administrators can now remotely disable a Google Apps user account if a device is accidentally left on a stool in a bar full of light-fingered criminals.

"More specifically, administrators can now reset a user’s sign-in cookies to help prevent unauthorised access to their account," said top Google engineer Will Smit. "This will log out that user from all current web browser sessions and require new authentication the next time that user tries to access Google Apps."