Lady Loses iPhone, Laptop, Gets Mocked on Own Facebook Page

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A lady in the UK had her gear bag stolen, including her iPhone, laptop, and Nintendo DS, and to rub salt on her wounds, the thief decided to mock her on her own Facebook page:

"I have the laptop, phones ok but a bit scratched itll do, tv was rubbish so I left it , ds was a bonus, now to the porn shop, thankyou toshiba is my favourite make".

While we hope the thief gets every ounce of karma (and justice) returned to him/her, we also echo Gizmodo's hope that everyone reading this takes a moment to enable the passcode lock (and Remote Wipe if you're an Exchange or MobileMe user) on the iPhone, and BIOS/Login passwords on the laptop. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of curses later...

[Telegraph via TechRadar]

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richxps says:

Hope she had mobile me with the tracking feature.

iphonemilk says:

With our new age of tech that we live in, we need like a gadget technology unit in every police squad.

Inderdeep says:

doesn't she have to be friends with the thief for the person to write on her wall?
errr... hello?

iAnyhow says:

If she have passcode lock on her iPhone, wouldn't everything be fine..? Unless the man have the USB cable..

Joe McG says:

@interdeep
can you please think about it for a second, then post a "oh, I get it"
or maybe I don't get your joke...

Joe McG says:

Passcode lock is also handy when your girlfriend tries to check your safari history for porn.
I'm just sayin...

Matt B says:

haha.. thats halarious.... sucks for her though

Dubzie says:

@ inderdeep
I think u need to "er... hello?" yourself because you don't seem to have ever used facebook on an iPhone or an iPhone at all for that matter.

Dmys says:

If she just left the bag unattended I don't feel bad for her at all.

Zack says:

In order for the theive to write on her wall, she has to befreinds with him. He can send her an Inbox message and that's about it.
And what about the theives name? Whenever a post is made, the name is ALWAYS with it.

filmore77 says:

The thief used her login from facebooj to write on her own wall. Most people have it enabled with auto login. Poor lady. What a fuck the thief is

Entertainment72 says:

Like I said on the forums about do you lock your phones.. what is 2 seconds of inconvenience to a lifetime of hurt.. LOCK yo phones...

fastlane says:

One of the best 3.0 features for me is AutoFill. Since saving every username and password into a hundred logins, I've been using Passcode Lock on a one minute autolock. I only use two different numbers, so it takes a fraction of a second, and virtually zero effort to unlock it every time I pick up my phone. It's NO inconvenience whatsoever.

talkin73 says:

@ Dyms, We'll keep your perspective in mind when passing by your car... I mean, if you left it unattended, we shouldn't feel bad if it's stolen, right? While people can certainly take precautions to lower their risk of having things stolen from them, there is no end to your argument... unless people are expected to at all times keep things behind lock and key, then every one of our possessions will be, in some manner, unattended. Blaming the victim might enhance the illusion of safety, but that's about it. Things get stolen because people take them... not because of where someone left them.
The whole story is a shame, probably very frustrating and embarrassing and not something I'd wish on anyone. It does cause me to think about activating the remote wipe and password lock features of my iPhone, though.

L to tha Besos says:

@ Joe McG. LoL...passcode... girlfriend....porn......lol

Gonzo says:

I rarely post on boards, but feel compelled to, here. As a recent burglary victim I want to strongly echo the value of simple passcodes, etc. Most thieves want the toys and don't care about your personal info … unless you virtually hand it to them. Then, they will use it. 3 easy steps can you a great deal if time and grief:

  1. Simple passwords/codes to be entered when your phone/laptop is turned on or awakened.
  2. Weekly backup of your most important documents.
  3. Add these devices to your home-owner's/renter's insurance. Don't have insurance? Get it. It's cheap.

No one plans these sorts of things. The just happen.

AnteL0pe says:

The only time my wife list her iPhone the person who found it was able to get my number and call me to set up a time to return it. Good thing I didn't have a screen lock.

Mojo Tooth says:

Antelope you are lucky, but the same effect could have been obtained by simply calling the lost iPhone. You don't need to unlock the phone to answer a call

shadowagent says:

@Antelope You were lucky because the person who found it was honest. He/she could also have contacted your service provider and returned it to them, (I am sure they can trace ownership with the SIM card info or serial number) and had it returned to you. Regardless, screen lock the phone. It's the safest bet. Nothing worse than a thief having auto login to your social networking sites, email, contacts, and all other sorts of personal information.

Levertis brock says:

Question???
i thought if u restore your phone it would wipe out the pass code for people who forgot it?

Joe McG says:

Passcode lock is ALSO handy when your wife checks your phone for calls from said girlfriend...
I'm just sayin again...

BetterSafe says:

For goodness sake just lock it especially now that people are starting to do banking via their phones too it takes 2 seconds to unlock

Matt B says:

Even if you do have a passcode they can still steal the phone. Then restore it and use it. The passcode only prevents the thief from accessing your info. Its kind of pointless unless you have all your credit card numbers, your adress, and socail security number in there, which most people don't do...

fastlane says:

Matt B

Even if you do have a passcode they can still steal the phone. Then restore it and use it.

Agree.

Its kind of pointless...

Disagree. Neither is it pointless to lock my doors just because someone can still break in. If it took me five seconds or more to enter a passcode each time I used my phone, I'd agree with you. But it literally takes less than one second to type two numbers (next to each other) twice, and the thief's inaccessibility to my apps would give me more time to remotely wipe it.
Sure, a thief could restore it and use it. But someone unfamiliar with iPhones, who simply finds it if lost, might not... and could possibly even return it. So, an extra half second of my time is not "pointless" in my opinion. ;)

mech says:

just lock it. apparently on OS3.0 the lockscreen emergency phone call option will let whoever finds it call you (if they are not too non-tech-bright :) )

Rose says:

Antelope-- What I do is have my wallpaper display my phone number and email address, so that if an honest person does find it they can still return it to me even though the screen is locked. There are various apps that help you add notes like that to any wallpaper you like.

cleon dann says:

i love that handset ... i am nokia mobile follower and only purchase nokia handset .. is there any new releases?
regards
cleon dann