Monthly Archives: December 2012

Beware 6:00pm on Saturdays in December!

If you’re out and about this month, keep an eye on your stuff – as December is the most common month for items to go missing. And, more precisely, keep a tight grip at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, as that’s the time when people are most vulnerable to loss.

According to our new research, Americans will lose $39 billion worth of items this year – the average person in the U.S. has misplaced nearly $250 worth of possessions in the past 12 months.

Proportion of total number of items lost nationally

Proportion of total items lost - US

It’s most important to keep an eye on your electronics as 70% of people have lost a data device such as a smartphone or laptop. In fact, the smartphone is the item most commonly lost.

Of course, it’s not just the device itself that you may never see again. Photos, documents and all manner of other irreplaceable information can disappear with it. And the majority of people taking part in our survey told us that it was losing their data that upset them far more than losing the device itself.

So, if you’re heading out this Saturday, make sure you’re prepared! Make sure that the stuff on your device doesn’t contain the only copies of your pictures and other data. Sync your phone and backup your laptop – it’s simple to do and it’s free with Mozy if you visit mozy.com/home/free. To find out more about the lost and found items from our research here in the U.S. and around the world, head to mozy.com/lost.

My Dog Ate My Photos; Safe Keeping for Your Pics

Protect Your Digital Photos this Holiday SeasonAngela Wijesinghe, Marketing Specialist for Professional Photographers of America has heard some unbelievable stories about how photographers have lost their digital photos. Just this year, she says, a professional wedding photographer (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons) left the flash drive with all the photos of the ceremony on his kitchen counter, only to have his dog eat it when he went out to the store.

“We hear about things like this happening all the time,” said Wijesinghe. The organization she works for, Professional Photographers of America, is a non-profit organization that provides education, resources, and industry standards of excellence to photographers. According to Wijesinghe, digital photos are taking over the industry. Not many photographers, amateur or professional, are using film anymore. So the days of looking through old photo albums are passing us by. Now it’s an age of looking over slideshows on a computer.

“Digital cameras are just a lot more convenient for people to use,” she said. “They allow you to manipulate images easier, they can be stored easily, and they’re not overly difficult to work.”

One of the risks of using digital cameras and photos, however, is that your work can be lost in mere seconds if not secured properly, she explained.

“Digital image data loss is huge,” said Wijesinghe. Anything can happen. A storm can wipe out your hard drive. A house fire can take your computer. Freak accidents happen. Having multiple options of backup is the smartest thing to do.”

So how can the everyday photographer make sure to protect his or her wedding photos, baby pictures, and other memories captured digitally?

As Wijesinghe said, your best option for keeping your photos safe is to use several of methods, including cloud; external hard drives; flash drives; and sites like Flikr, Facebook, Shutterfly, and Snapfish. You may also consider having physical prints made, rather than just relying on the digital world.

Make sure to keep all of your devices in safe places, and, if possible, in different locations from one another, she said. That way if there’s a fire, flood, or some other unforeseen circumstances, you should still have some of them in one piece. And lastly, keep them out of the reach of babies, dogs, or other pets; you don’t want them to become a quick meal.

 

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