If you're anything like me, your phone is the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you check at night. Which is fine. Phones are important.
A new survey from Lookout, a mobile security firm, takes a good, hard look at a modern phenomenon that can leave people with an understandable hole in their lives: Phone theft. Conducted online by IDG research, the survey gathered about 2,400 responses from participants in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany. The numbers are pretty interesting, but here are a few highlights:
Most phones (40%) are stolen between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. It's not just nighttime.
16% are stolen in a restaurant, where they're often left behind. 11% are lost at a bar or nightclub, and a somewhat surprising 11% are stolen at work.
Just 9% of participants say they have had their identity stolen when they lost their phones.
1 in 3 people say they'd be willing to pay $1,000 for the data on their phone (photos, videos, apps, text messages, etc.).
This, however, might be the most interesting takeaway: 68% of phone theft victims say they "are willing to put themselves in some amount of danger to retrieve a stolen device." Whatever you do, don't bring a hammer.