4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in US in 2013

A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012.

Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, according to Consumer Reports' annual State of the Net Survey. The organization, which tests products, said thefts nearly doubled from 1.6 million in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013.

The number of lost devices increased from 1.2 million in 2012 to 1.4 million in 2013. More than 3,100 adults in the U.S. participated in the Consumer Reports survey that was used to calculate the figures.

"Our survey revealed that the number of lost and stolen smartphones is on the rise, and too many users are needlessly imperiling their personal data by not taking basic security measures," said Glenn Derene, Consumer Reports' electronics editor.

Consumer Reports recommends that at the minimum consumers secure their smartphones by setting up a four-digit lock code.

The survey comes shortly after top and announced their commitment to begin including basic anti-theft tools on all smartphones made after July 2015 for sale in the U.S. These tools will enable users to remotely lock their devices as well as remotely erase any data on the phones.

Backing the commitment were Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and several other companies.


Explore further

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

©2014 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

Citation: 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in US in 2013 (2014, April 20) retrieved 18 April 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-million-smartphones-lost-stolen.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments