Would you risk bodily harm to get your smartphone back? Mobile security firm Lookout recently polled more than 2,000 people who have had their phone stolen. You might think most theft occurs in the wee hours of the morning, but 40 percent of stolen phones are taken between noon and 5 p.m. More than a quarter of stolen phones are lifted at restaurants or bars, but 11 percent are stolen at work – so you might want to think twice before you leave your phone on your desk when you get your morning coffee. No matter where their phones were stolen, one thing is clear: people would do a lot to get their device back. One in three said they’d pay more than $1,000 to recover the data on their phone – and 68 percent said they were willing to put themselves in some amount of danger to get their device back. Getting anything stolen isn’t fun, but using a passcode and routinely backing up your device will make the best of a bad situation.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.