Losing a phone or other digital device isn’t just an annoyance, it can be an absolute nightmare. Besides just the cost of replacing a lost handset, there is the worry about all the personal information that is stored on a phone or other digital device.
When I lost my cellular phone at a movie theater a few years ago my biggest concern was that someone would also run up my bill making calls to God only knows who in God only knows where! While I made repeated calls to the number, I had to accept that my phone was gone for good. Thus I called my carrier and had the phone disabled. The downside to this strategy was that by disabling it I was told the chances of someone returning it lessened greatly because any finder couldn’t even try calling me with me!
There has to be a way to disable the device, yet still allow good Samaritans to try to return it. Well, since launching in July the Yougetitback service actually can make good on this by making it possible to disable the service yet still let a finder contact you. Thus retrieving a lost phone has become a little easier, while at the same time ensuring that a stolen phone doesn’t give away the goods.
The way this service works is that once a user determines that a phone is lost or stolen, accessing an online account can remotely lock it. At that point no further outgoing calls can be made, except to the Yougetitback service, while all other sensitive data including e-mails, contact details, text messages and photos are locked from viewing or use.
What is really special about this service is that it’s not limited to just phones; users can purchase adhesive security tags that can also be affixed to PDAs and laptops. Users can purchase the software for $20 per year, while tags are $10 for three-years, plus there is a premium service that will provide a full replacement of a digital device if the software and tag are not successful. Losing a phone is worse than a nightmare, but getting it back is really a dream come true.