Sep 30, 2012 11:48 PM by Alex Labat

Tech Talk: Finding Your Lost Smartphone or Device

This week, a scathing investigation by ABC News highligted thefts by TSA agents at security checkpoints. In one case ABC confronted an agent who they say stole their iPad. The event brings to light just how vulnerable these devices we use every day really are, but luckily it shows how easily they can be found. Keeping your property safe is the subject of tonight's Tech Talk

From tablets, to computers and smart phones, everyone has them, but all is not lost if you lose your device.

If you've ever left your phone behind somewhere, you know how frustrating it can be to try and find it, or worse, it was stolen. But in this day and age, "there's an app for that".

It's called "Find my iPhone," and here's how it works:
For Apple products, search "Find my iPhone" in the app store and download the free app. When you're looking for your phone, head over to, and log in with your apple id. Don't worry--if you don't have one it's free to sign up.
Once here, click "Find my iPhone". Within seconds, the map comes up, showing you exactly where your phone is.

If your phone has fallen into the wrong hands, you have a few options:
You can remotely play an alert, send a message to whoever may have it, or worst case scenario, remotely wipe it to delete your personal information.

This particular app works on all Apple devices, including computers. There are also options for those with non-Apple devices.

As always, if you'd like to have a tech talk, email me at 

--Alex Labat

"Find My iPhone" app for Apple Devices:

Instructions on How to track a Windows Phone:

"Find My Droid" App:


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