Chances are you know exactly how that feels, and it’s not good. By the estimates of a company specializing in mobile security, smartphone users lose track of their device at least once a year. Lookout Mobile Security offers a mobile security application, and it’s conducted research involving the 15 million devices around the world that contain the app. Among its findings, we're largely indiscriminate on when and where we lose devices. There are small spikes on some holidays, surprisingly Christmas is a bad day for hanging on to your phone, and we generally lose devices in our offices, homes, restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

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While many of us living here in the D.C. area like to think we’re trendsetters of sorts, fortunately leading the way in lost cellphones is not one of them. That dubious distinction belongs to Philadelphia, according to Lookout, followed by Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach, and Newark.

So, what’s the best thing to do in the event that the unthinkable happens, and you and your device become disconnected. Well, the good citizens of the City of Brotherly Love, and all of us for that matter, would be well-served to heed the words of one of Philadelphia’s most famous favorite sons, Benjamin Franklin. He once said, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

When applied to today’s mobile communications quandary caused when a device turns up missing, Ben’s admonition to take matters into our own hands means using passwords, pins and locks. They are simple and effective tools, and they’re just a few of the many precautions you can take to protect yourself. Watch CTIA’s public service announcement for a memorable reminder of what you can do, and take a look at the complete list of tips for consumers. In addition, the wireless industry is now voluntarily providing a lost or stolen cellphone database to discourage theft of wireless devices. That work was started late last year for certain devices and will be completed no later than November of this year.

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