Posts Tagged ‘lost’

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Lost Cell Phone Project

Have you ever lost your cell phone? If you found it—did someone else return it to you? Was it in the hands of a stranger for a period of time?

Apparently, most Americans would have rummaged through that lost phone of yours. Symantec recently conducted a study where they lost smartphones on purpose. The phones were bugged with tracking and logging software that kept track of where the phones went and what information was accessed.

lost phone study
From an article on MSNBC about the study:

“To spice up the test, the phones had an obvious file named ‘contacts,’ making it easy for any finder to connect with the phone’s rightful owner.   But the phones also offered tempting files, with names like ‘banking information,’ and ‘HR files.’  

Some 43 percent of finders clicked on an app labeled ‘online banking.’ And 53 percent clicked on a filed named ‘HR salaries.’ A file named ‘saved passwords’ was opened by 57 percent of finders. Social networking tools and personal e-mail were checked by 60 percent. And a folder labeled ‘private photos’ tempted 72 percent.

Collectively, 89 percent of finders clicked on something they probably shouldn’t have.

Meanwhile, only 50 percent of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner’s name was listed clearly within the contacts file”

The results are pretty shocking to us—especially when you realize that most, if not all, of the lost phone finders weren’t criminals. These were normal, everyday people who found a lost phone and decided to snoop.

So how can you prevent this from happening to you? First, you can set a passcode on your phone—half to three quarters of people don’t take this simple step that adds a layer of protection. Second, you can invest in a device that prevents phone loss. Our Wireless Leash is made especially to make sure you don’t ever find yourself without your phone.

How do you protect your phone from being lost?

 

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Top 5 Most Commonly Lost items

Who hasn’t lost something in their life? All of us, at some time or another, have had that feeling of panic when we realize we’ve misplaced something. We retrace our steps, look in every nook and cranny (including the couch cushions) and sometimes decide it must have sprouted legs and walked away.



Often times, we find the lost item right where it was supposed to be. Other times, however, it ends up in the land of lost. Nearly all businesses have a box, bin or tub of some fashion, dedicated as the “Lost and Found.”

Lost and found bins typically contain quite an eclectic mix of items. They always seem to hold a few items that make you scratch your head and say, “How did someone lose that?!”

While we can’t answer that question for you, we can let you know which items to keep an extra eye on. That is, after doing some research online (and in lost and found bins around town) we’ve discovered the five most common items in a lost and found bin:

  1. Keys
  2. USB Flash Drives
  3. Mobile Phones
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Gloves

So what can we learn from this? Well first, it’s that we need to keep better tabs on these five items. And second, we know that we’re not alone. Apparently everyone has problems keeping track of their keys, cell phone, sunglasses, etc.


Have you ever lost any of these items? Or have you lost something more valuable? Tell us your stories in the comment section below!

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