This post is brought to you as part of my continued partnership with Absolute LoJack, to help promote Device Theft Awareness Month.
What are some of the things you might miss if your laptop were stolen? Most of us would probably miss conveniences like our stored pictures, bookmarks, address book, reminders, alarm clock, and more. But the real concern is with the personal information that when in the wrong hands can result in identity theft. Think about all of the personal information that is stored on your computer like saved passwords, bank account information, Paypal, saved documents containing your social security number, email contacts, social platforms like Facebook, and much more. The thought of my laptop falling into the wrong hands scares the heck out of me!
Laptop, smartphone and tablet theft is a real issue with identity theft on the rise. Identity theft was one of the top 10 complaints with the FTC for the 13th consecutive year, though there was a 32% increase in complaints in 2012, up to 2 million. In 2012, approximately 16.6 million persons, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, reported being victims of one or more incidents of identity theft, though estimates vary by source. These numbers are startling.
Identity Theft is On the Rise
• 1 incident of identity fraud every 3 seconds
• 15 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year
• Average loss is $3,500
• Ages 20-29 are most affected, according to 23% of total complaints
Here are some tips to help you keep your laptop safe:
Luckily, there is a whole lot more we can do to protect ourselves from device theft.
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Rebecca Swenor says
Awesome software for protection. This would be perfect for anyone going off to college. Thanks for sharing.
If my laptop got stolen, my whole world would go missing. Everything is on there!
I really cannot believe people would steal another person’s information. This is such great advice, thank you!
Ann Bacciaglia says
Can never be to careful when protecting yourself. Identity theft is a terrible crime and happens a lot more then i thought. Thanks for sharing such valuable information.
I need to look into this. I definitely need to protect my computer more.
angele @shoeboxbegone says
its so improtant to protect your info! tahnks for sharing
I always keep the most important files on cloud, but having an application like LoJack is great way to keep your laptops secure.
This post gives me anxiety because we have had our identity stolen way too often. Thanks for sharing the lojack information! I need to install this.
Tammy S says
Great tips! We have LoJack on our son’s computer because he takes it school so much. We felt it was money well spent to give us the protection and peace of mind.
Kristi Price says
This is the second time I have come across an article about LoJack but your review was much better and yikes, my state is in the top 5. Gonna bookmark this page to follow up on. Thanks for the good review.