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Laurianne
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11/27/2013 | 1:02:50 PM
Find My iPhone
The first time you leave the iphone somewhere public, you realize the value of having this option -- and having password protected the phone. And you will leave it somewhere. It is a matter of when, not if.
Thomas Claburn
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11/27/2013 | 1:15:25 PM
Re: Wake up, people
>No software program can protect someone from their own stupidity

But hopefully raising the issue can make people more aware without the wake-up call of being victimized.
WKash
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11/27/2013 | 1:41:53 PM
Data vs Devices
The sooner we move to smart phones that rely on data kept in the cloud instead of on their devices, the better.  InformationWeek contributor Ashok Sankar, who works with the Defense Department's classified data networks, makes a good case about that elsewhere on the site. See "Keep Data Off Mobile Devices & Away From Adversaries" by Ashok Sankar http://add.vc/fZy #

 
Thomas Claburn
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11/27/2013 | 3:45:15 PM
Re: Wake up, people
> more of the overall expense of using these these devices will be in various subscriptions to different online services and programs, and less and less in the physical device itself...

 

I suspect that's true. Within a decade, I expect someone (Google or a startup?) in the cloud data business will find a way to make a basically disposable, biodegradeable mobile phone. Another way to do it would be to store important user data in some object that's less easy to lose (a Bluetooth-enabled ring or belt buckle chip) and to pass it to the phone wirelessly as needed.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/28/2013 | 5:51:56 PM
LoJack
Considering pepole have used laptop LoJack and similar software to spy on people in private situations (including law enforcement and the people at the company themselves), I think I'd rather just have to buy a new phone.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/28/2013 | 5:54:31 PM
Re: Wake up, people
@samicksha: That's the problem with having a cell phone to begin with!  People expect you to be always, constantly available -- and get mad when you're not.

Life becomes a lot easier and less stressful once you embrace the notion that you have your phone for your convenience -- and no one else's.
Susan Fourtané
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11/29/2013 | 7:24:05 AM
Leave your phone at home

"It's easier said than done. But you can't lose what you don't have. Shocking though it may be, people used to get by without mobile phones. Try it once in while, if only to highlight your device addiction."

Everyone should try this at least a week in your life. Not only it will be a week with no worries about your phone being stolen but also you will learn about the degree of dependency you have with your phone.

You will discover new ways of getting around without looking at your screen, and you may actually enjoy not being reachable once in a while. :D 

I did it as part of a project. I got interesting results. :) 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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11/29/2013 | 7:34:23 AM
Re: Don't buy insurance?
Paul,

Some people rely on their insurance, and that makes them be careless. If they don't buy insurance for their phone they may become more conscious about what they do with it, where they put it, how they handle it. 

Pleanty of times phones are stolen because the owner is almost yelling "here, see how easy it is to take my phone from me". 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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11/29/2013 | 1:22:43 PM
Re: Don't buy insurance?
Paul, 

Well, that's true, too. I am like you. I am careful, and don't have insurance. 

-Susan 
Joe Stanganelli
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11/29/2013 | 7:39:17 PM
Re: Wake up, people
@samicksha: There are times that can work for you though -- to extract yourself from situations you'd rather not attend to.

I know of at least one app that lets you fake phone calls.  You set the timer for when you want it to "call" you, and your phone will ring and act as if you have an incoming call from any particular contact of your choosing.

It will even play one side of the conversation to give you prompts, in case you are unimaginative.
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