Protect Your Smartphone Right Before it's Stolen

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 3:03 PM


In the time it takes you to read this, two laptops will have been stolen. Maybe more if you read slowly.  As much as we'd like to discuss crime rates, there's not much we can do when our devices are stolen. We can file a police report, hope for the best, and cringe knowing that the thief now has access to all of our valuable data, right? No. We can do more.

According to Kensington Computer Products Group, the amount lost as a result of a laptop theft is $49,000 on the average. And the device cost is only 3 percent of that total.  Up to 80 percent is comprised of data loss.

Laptops are not the only coveted items. Smartphones are also a must-have. Only 7 percent of stolen smartphones are ever recovered. That fact means that your data