What Happens to a Lost Phone

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Ever lost your phone? Ever found someone else’s phone? It is nerve-wracking to think of what could happen if your phone falls into a strangers hands. The information we keep on our phones often becomes more sensitive than details in our own wallets! And whereas we like to think that humankind will track you down if they find your phone, anything is possible.

To determine exactly what happens to a lost phone, a computer security firm recently set up and “lost” 50 smartphones in the US and Canada and tracked the actions taken on those phones. What they found is:

  • On 57% of the phones a file named “saved passwords” was accessed
  • 60% checked the owner’s email or social media
  • 72% looked at photos
  • 43% attempted to use an app called “online banking”

Shocking to think what could happen! Using a couple simple steps you could avoid situations like above. Protect Your Bubble, insurer of gadgets and cell phones, recommends: complicated password that is changed frequently, security software on the phone and even contacting credit reporting agencies if your phone is stolen. Read the entire release here for more tips. And hold onto your phone!

2 reviews or comments

Ed Says: September 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Interesting that the press release that this comes from is by ProtectYour Bubble who sell smartphone insurance. And they still do not give an actual link to the “computer security firm” study…

Bob Hobson Says: September 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Here’s a good idea for protecting your valuables and keeping track of your iPhone, your iPad, your laptop and even your camera, keys, luggage and passport. Two years ago, I found MYSTUFFLOSTANDFOUND.com and obtained tracker tags for a free global lost and found service. I put them on all of my valuables.
It paid off in Rome. I left my passport at a restaurant at lunch. That afternoon, I received a text message from Okoban saying that my passport had been found. I did not even know it was missing.
I called the number in the text message and sure enough the café where we had stopped had the passport waiting for me. I was so grateful that I had an Okoban tag from MYSTUFFLOSTANDFOUND.com on my passport and that the café was kind enough to take the time to report the found passport tracker number online.
I can’t imagine what would have happened if I didn’t have the Okoban tracker tag. The passport could have been mailed back to the US Department of State or to my home, and then where would I be? Traveling through Europe with no passport or going through the hassle of getting a new one.
BH

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