Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However all opinions expressed are my own.
Did you know that last year there were over 3.1 Million smartphones stolen in the U.S. alone! I was absolute floored when I heard this staggering number, but honestly it doesn’t surprise me. I am willing to bet that if you were in a group with your friends there would be at least one person that has had their smartphone or tablet stolen. Sometimes it can be hard to visualize the severity of the mobile theft epidemic. The numbers and percentages can be startling, but hard to grasp.
To help bring awareness to this growing epidemic Absolute LoJack Uncovered is declaring August Device Theft Awareness month. Because I know what an extremely important topic this is, I am teaming up with Absolute LoJack this month to share crime prevention information and stories to hopefully help this number go down dramatically in 2014!
When you lose your smartphone, laptop or even tablet you aren’t just losing your device you are potential opening up your most private information to criminals. Think about the banking information, passwords and even private pictures that you have on your device. If it’s stolen all of these things are too and if put in the wrong hands it could cause your world to be turned upside down.
There are a few things that you can easily do to protect yourself. For instance set up a good back-up system to automatically run your back-ups every night, set a PIN (yes it’s a pain but a lifesaver if in the wrong hands), and install Absolute LoJack to remotely delete data on stolen devices and help you track it down if it is stolen! With these small steps your your identity and data is protected and your device stays in the right hands, where it belongs.
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