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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