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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 16, 2014

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.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.