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How to minimise your risk of being robbed when travelling with expensive gadgets

Electronic devices have become a huge part of daily life around the globe. All-in-one gadgets go with you everywhere you go, to work and school, in your cars and on public transportation. A research report from eMarketer estimates that four and a half billion people will use a mobile phone in 2014. Headphones, tablets, smartphones and laptops are growing in popularity, not just among trendy users but also among crafty thieves. These devices can be resold on the black market or even used to steal your identity. The Pew Internet & American Life Project estimates that one in three mobile users will have a device stolen or lost in the near future. That’s why it’s of paramount importance to minimize your risk of being robbed when travelling with your favourite high tech device.

The Easy Way

Perhaps the easiest way to keep your mobile device from getting stolen is to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t assume that everyone has the latest gadget and you can just pull out your expensive device wherever you fancy. Minimize your public usage as much as you can. This poor laptop owner was robbed and assaulted for his laptop when walking through a tunnel, so take note and be caeful to stay in sight of others when carrying your expensive gadgets in public. Never leave your gadget unattended in a public place such as a coffee shop, bus stop or library. If you’re going to leave your device in a parked car, be sure to place it under the seat or in the glove box where it can’t be seen by opportunistic smash-and-grabbers.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Let’s face it, you might take all the necessary steps to prevent your device from being stolen and someone might still make off with your favourite gadget. That’s why you need to have a plan in place to quickly recover your mobile device and protect your sensitive information. Device Locator is an app that allows you to log on to a private account on the web in order to track down your stolen phone. It only costs about £2 and causes your phone to make a loud beeping noise so you can locate it on your own. You can also lock it remotely.  GadgetTrak is another web-based app that’s free for iPhone users. This clever piece of work sends a text message to your stolen device and entices thieves to start using your device’s web-based services and programs. This helps the authorities to pinpoint your gadget’s exact location so they can quickly apprehend the culprits.

The best thing you can do to keep your mobile device from being stolen is to keep an eye on it. Never assume that it’s safe in the hands of a stranger or that someone will watch it for you while you run to the bathroom. Our favourite devices have a way of stealing our attention away but that’s the one thing that crooks use to steal your device. So look up every now and then. Make sure that you are in a safe place and that your high tech gadget is stored out of sight.

Josh Cooke has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. In recent years his focus has been on IT security which has gained importance as the internet has grown, and he’s an avid follower of the latest gadgets and advancements in the technology industry.

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Written by Josh Cooke

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