Monthly Archives: December 2012

Smile! (Until you realise your phone is gone)

Lost and Found

Family gatherings, catching up with friends, the kids nativity play… there are so many reasons why we get snappy with our smartphones in the run-up to Christmas.

 

But, the memories that you’re trying to preserve may not last as long as you’d hoped if your phone doesn’t come home with you at the end of the day.

 

According to new research from Mozy, Saturday evenings in December are the most dangerous time to be playing fast and loose with your phone as this is the time of year that you’re most likely to lose something and smartphones are the most-lost items.  In fact, 70 per cent of us have lost gadgets like smartphones and laptops.

 

And, if it’s the memories on your phone that you value most, you’re not alone.  The majority of people who took part in our survey told us that it was the pictures, contacts and other documents on their phones that they missed most.

 

If you want the peace of mind to snap happy this Christmas, make sure that the stuff on your phone is protected.  Sync your phone with the Mozy app and make sure that your laptop is backed up with Mozy.  It’s simple, automatic and you can even get a version for free.

 

To check out Mozy sync and backup, visit www.mozy.co.uk .  Or, for further results from the survey, head over to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

Shop ‘til you drop (your mobile)

Lost and found

 Does this schedule sound familiar?  Get kids ready for Christmas shopping.  Coats on.  Hats on.  Boots on.  Need wee.  Boots off.  Coats off.  Bathroom.  Coats on.  Lost boot.  Find boot.  Boots on.  Leave house. Go back for forgotten present. On bus.  Off bus.  Go back for forgotten present.  Go back for forgotten hat.  Arrive at friend’s house.  Boots off.  Hats off.  Coats off.  Swap gifts.  Coats on.  Hats on.  Boots on.  Leave house.  Go back for forgotten present.  Go back for forgotten hat.  Hit shops.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Ring home to check which doll you were meant to get.  Ring home to check what to get when that’s sold out.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Drop bag.  Juggle bags.  Coats on.  Wipe noses.  Leave shops.  Go back for lost coat.  Back in car.  Arrive home.  Collapse!

 

It’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves missing one or two things when have the opportunity to take stock.  According to new research from Mozy, December is the time of year when most things are lost, that Saturdays are the worst days and that most stuff goes missing at around 18:00 as we all head home.

 

And with top reasons for loss including getting carried away, carrying too much and getting distracted, it’s understandable how Christmas conditions create a hotbed for loss.

 

Frustratingly, although hats, gloves and other lower-cost items do feature highly on the list of things that don’t make it home with us, the most commonly-lost item is actually a smartphone.  70 per cent of us have lost a data storage gadget, like our smartphones or laptops.

 

And, when we these types of gadget, it’s not just the device itself that we have to say goodbye to.  It’s often the pictures, music, contacts and other data that we lose too.  The majority of people who took part in Mozy’s survey told us that it was their data they were most upset about when they lost their phone or laptop – not the hardware.

 

So, before you head out once more into the breach again, make sure the stuff you care about is protected.  You can sync your phone or backup your laptop with Mozy.  It’s simple, automatic and you can even do it for free.

 

To find out more about how to protect your data, visit www.mozy.co.uk.  Or, to get more results from Mozy’s Lost and Found survey, head to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

 

 

Protect your data whilst you can

lost and found

No one wants to lose their laptop but, with the best will in the world, mistakes happen.  And more of them happen at this time of year than any other.

 

According to new research from Mozy, more items go missing in December than any other month of the year.  And 70 per cent of us, the figures show, have lost a data storage device such as a smartphone or laptop.

 

The research suggested that commuting puts everyone at risk, with 18:00 being the peak time of day to lose something and cars and public transport featuring highly on the list of locations where things are mislaid.

 

For IT managers, that means a flood of requests coming your way for replacement devices.  But it’s not just the devices themselves that will be slipping through fingers.  Unless it’s properly protected, the data on the devices will be walking out the door with them.

 

So, if you want to minimise the impact of unintentional loss, make sure that you’re prepared before it happens.  It’s easy to insure a laptop but the best insurance for your data is comprehensive backup.

 

To find out more about how to protect the devices at your company, visit www.mozy.co.uk/pro

 

Or to read more results from Mozy’s research, head over to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

Beware 18:00 on Saturdays in December!

lost and foundIf you’re out and about this month, keep an eye on your stuff as December is the time when more items go missing than any other.  And, more precisely, grab hold of your stuff and don’t let go at 18:00 on Saturdays as that’s the time when you’re most vulnerable to loss.

 

According to our new research, Brits will lose £2 billion worth of items this year, with 30 per cent of us having let two or more belongings slip through our fingers in the past 12 months.

 

It’s most important to keep an eye on your electronics as 70 per cent of us have lost data device such as a smartphone or laptop.  In fact, smartphones are the most commonly-lost items of all.

 

Of course, it’s not just the device itself that you may never see again.  Photos, documents and all manner of other irreplaceable information can disappear with it.  And the majority of people taking part in our survey told us that it was losing their data that upset them far more than losing the device itself.

 

So, if you’re heading out this Saturday, make sure you’re prepared!  Make sure that the stuff on any devices you’re taking with you don’t contain the only copies of your pictures and other data.  Sync your phone and backup your laptop – it’s simple to do and free with Mozy if you visit www.mozy.co.uk/home/free.

 

To find out more about the lost and found items from our research here and around the world, head to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found.