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Your smartphone has never been more likely to be stolen

Your smartphone has never been more likely to be stolen
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It's a staggering stat: Nearly 3.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen from them in 2013. Even worse, nearly 1.4 million of those phones were never recovered.

Compare that number to the 1.6 million phones stolen in 2012 and it's clear that smartphone theft is on the rise.

With that in mind, you would think that we all would take the necessary precautions to protect all the precious data. You would think.

The infographic below from Consumer Reports shows what consumers have done to protect their phone. Spoiler alert! The majority hasn't done enough! CRO_Electronics_Lost_Stolen_PhoneV6_04_14

If consumers aren't doing much, how much responsibility does that leave to the smartphone industry as a whole?

Collectively, smartphone makers and service providers were dragging their feet to help, but just this week Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile  have made a “voluntary commitment” to have a mandatory kill-switch built into all smartphones made after July 2015.

The mandatory kill switch will allow users to remotely wipe data and from a stolen or lost smartphone. The kill-switch also allows users to lock the phone so it can’t be used again.

Click here to learn more about what the smartphone industry is doing to help curb smartphone theft. 

Until the kill switch is active, you want to take the necessary steps to protect your smartphones.

Source: Consumer Reports
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