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Don't leave your phone in the taxi or the snake might get it

  • 29 November 2011
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A recent survey to highlight the strangest things left behind in taxis around the world reminds us that it is the more mundane things that will cause us the greatest grief.

For a little bit of whimsy, Acronis (the data protection company) decided to ask taxi companies and operators in five major cities what they thought the 'weirdest' things left behind in taxis were.  Here's what they said:

Bedhead and bedfoot
False teeth
Hearing aid
Walking stick

Orthodontic plate
One shoe
False teeth

Dead stuffed monkey
Drunken man's sleeping wife
Gallon of diesel
Policeman's helmet
Bag of cement

€4000 in notes
Black karate belt
Bin bag of rubbish

A woman who got in the taxi with clothes on and left without them
Pressure cooker
Walkie talkie
Women's lingerie

OK, so European cities are just a touch more 'lively' than either Sydney or Melbourne; that's pretty clear.

However, the point of the exercise was more to remind us that we also leave considerably more mundane (and important) devices in taxis.

So, what can we do to help the problem?  Read on...

"While the most bizarre items might raise a giggle, some of the most commonly forgotten items - including mobile phones and cameras - raise serious issues for their owners, especially if the information and images on them haven't been backed up," Karl Sice, General Manager - Pacific, at Acronis, said.

"It's frightening that items left behind included legal paperwork, briefcases, USB drives, laptops and smart phones. Losing your umbrella is nothing compared to losing the photos and information on your mobile devices, or falling victim to ID theft.

"Your bank will replace your credit card if you lose your wallet and a spare key will get you inside the house, but there is no way to replace data and photos that have not been backed up.

"The best way to ensure your business and personal information won't be lost forever is to regularly back them up to external drives or to the cloud. That way, even if you can't recover your device, you can still recover the information that was on it.

"Take care this party season to ensure you and your precious possessions stay safe," Sice said.

'¦and don't let the snake get your mobile phone!

[Note that Acronis advises iTWire that most objects (including the wife and the pressure cooker, but presumably not the cocaine) were successfully reunited with their owners.]



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