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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Laptop Theft

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As we close out Device Theft Awareness Month, we wanted to talk about laptop security. We've already covered the device theft statistics, alongside a bunch of ways to protect yourself from smartphone theft. Some may argue that notebooks are even more of a danger to lose than a smartphone, due to the vast amount of personal data stored on them that can be lost or fall into the wrong hands, as well as the cost of replacement. Let's talk about some of the ways to protect both your investment and your data.

1. Password protect your computer. Regardless of whether you use a PC, Mac, or Linux, you have the option of settings up a lock screen barrier where you'll need to enter a password, custom swipe, image touch, or other secure option. It's a small step that some may find to be an annoyance, but it's an easy (and free) first line of defense in case someone is able to snatch up your device.

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Smartphone Theft

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As we mentioned last week, we're celebrating Device Theft Awareness Month in conjunction with Absolute LoJack. We gave you a rundown of just how big a problem device theft is nowadays, with over 3 million people becoming victims of smartphone theft just last year alone. It's a growing problem that you can protect yourself from, and this week we wanted to share three tips that you can do to avoid permanently losing your device or data in the event of loss.

1. Create a passcode for your device. This is a simple method of protecting the data that lives on your device in the event of loss or theft. Some Android devices will allow you to set a pattern instead of an alphanumeric code, and the iPhone 5s and later lets you use Touch ID fingerprint recognition. Any of these are a better option than not protecting the home screen of your device, which will let prying eyes get to anything on your product.

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Kicking off Device Theft Awareness Month with #AbsoluteUncovered

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A few weeks ago we talked about what what you can do to protect yourself in the event that your smartphone, tablet, or laptop gets lost or stolen. We even took a 24-hour #DigitallyDark challenge where we gave up our smartphones for 24 hours to see how it would feel. Well, August is Device Theft Awareness Month, and we wanna talk more about what you can do if you find that you're one of over 3.1 million Americans who'll likely fall victim to smartphone theft this year. A staggering 1.4 million people who lost their devices in 2013 never got them back--that is 4.5 million lost and stolen smartphones (and that doesn't include tablets or laptops,) and is enough to make us want to do something about it. This month, follow the hashtag #AbsoluteUncovered as we dive deep into this topic.

Back in June we introduced you to Absolute LoJack, a data protection software product that is tailored to help you keep your mobile data safe, track your devices in the event of loss or theft, and even an option for assistance with recovery so you can get them back. We are taking part in Device Theft Awareness Month by bringing you a series of articles in order to keep you more informed on the issue and how you can protect yourself from becoming another statistic.

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Bleeding Edge TV 512: #DigitallyDark Results & Giveaway

We're giving away an Absolute LoJack Premium Family Pack--protect up to five of your mobile devices for a year with guaranteed recovery in the event of theft! We also talk about what happened when we went #DigitallyDark for 24 hours, giving up smartphones for a full day to see if we could do it. The results are in.

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Bleeding Edge TV 511: Giving up smartphones for 24 hours [#DigitallyDark]

We are going #DigitallyDark, giving up our smartphones for a full 24 hours as part of the challenge thrown down by Absolute LoJack.

We talk about our thoughts on having a smartphone or laptop stolen, and talk about the #DigitallyDark challenge, which you can join us in doing!

The fact of the matter is that smartphone and laptop theft are running rampant, and once your device is gone, it's near impossible to get it back. Even the built-in tools can be circumvented. Absolute LoJack takes device recovery to the next level. They'll locate, lock, delete, and even guarantee recovery of your Mac, PC, or Android device. You can get 30% off of Absolute LoJack until 6/30 with promo code: DARK30.

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel--also, we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers - thanks for your support!

 

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Giveaway: Absolute LoJack Premium Family Pack

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We've been taking part in the Absolute LoJack #DigitallyDark challenge, giving up our smartphones for a full 24 hours to emulate what it might feel like to have them stolen. As part of the campaign, we're giving away an awesome Absolute LoJack Premium Family Pack. That gives the winner give 1-year Absolute LoJack premium subscriptions, which can be installed on any Mac, PC, or Android devices they own, giving them the ultimate in protection with a guarantee that they'll get the device(s) back in the event of theft. If it isn't back in your hands in 60 days, they'll give you $1000 to help replace the laptop, and $600 for a tablet or smartphone. How cool is that?

Ready to enter? Simply use the widget below to keep track of your entries! If you're a Gear Live Patreon backer at any level, you get an extra 25 entries in this giveaway! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter even if you aren't, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated:

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Oh, and if you wanna get in on all this awesomeness, use this link to get 30% off any Absolute LoJack subscription until June 30th--just enter promo code DARK30 at checkout!

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Someone Stole ‘Parks and Rec’ Memorabilia in Paris

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC, Internet, News,

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A hardcore Parks and Recreation fan (or an insanely opportunistic eBay seller) seems to have disappointed fans of the show - as well as some of the stars themselves!

In the 100th episode of the NBC comedy, Amy Poehler's Leslie and her husband Ben (Adam Scott) travel to Paris and adorably left their own "Leslie and Ben <3" lock among the many others at the Pont des Arts. One fan happened to visit the site to see the lock and was appalled to find that someone had cut the fence and stolen the lock!

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Miley Cyrus’ Burglary an Inside Job?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Rumors,

Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus' burglary is believed to be an inside job.

The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker was shaken up after an intruder got into her house on her birthday last month and stole around $100,000 worth of jewelry. She wasn't in the house at the time but - according to TMZ - police believe the culprit may be someone she knows.

The gossip website explained surveillance footage doesn't show anyone suspicious entering or leaving her Studio City home - plus there is no sign of forced entry. Police are now looking at a number of workers who were at the house while she was away.

Miley will have been glad to not be at home when the intruder got in, but - while she might be scared of being burgled - it seems she thinks some celebrities are actually scared of her risque reputation. "You don't have to be signed to Disney Channel to be put in a box, or to be rated PG. I'm with artists sometimes, and I'll take a picture of them or whatever. They make me delete it... I don't have a bunch of celeb friends, because I feel like some of them are a little scared of the association. This is terrible."


Nicolas Cage’s Sex Photos Stolen

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Photos, Sex Tapes,

Nicolas CageSex photos of Nicolas Cage have reportedly been stolen.

The Frozen Ground actor has drafted in police officers to recover steamy pictures of himself and ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton - the mother of his 22-year-old son Weston - that were allegedly stolen from her home. TMZ reports law enforcement officials have arrested handyman Richard Orozco, who is accused of the theft, and charged him with felony burglary. However, Orozco has pleaded not guilty and the photos have yet to be found.

The arrest occurred last month and the handyman's bail has been set at a whopping $1 million. It's thought the pictures were stolen from Christina's home in April and the culprit nabbed four computers, as well as a box containing the illicit snaps.

The 49-year-old star began dating Christina, 46, in 1988 and the couple welcomed their son Weston into the world in December 1990. Nicolas has been married three times since his relationship with Christina.


Quote of the Day: Winona Ryder on Her Shoplifting Incident

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Legal Issues, Features,

Winona Ryder in 'Interview'

"In a weird way, it was almost like the best thing that could have happened because I'd never asked myself the question before of, "Is it okay if I'm not going to act? Is there anything else?" because that was all that I really knew... Honestly, as terrible as this sounds, when you're making movies, you think that those other things are not as important—the most important thing is that you do a good job in the movie and that you're prepared. So just getting that kind of perspective on life really helped me."

- Winona Ryder opens up about her famous shoplifting debacle in Interview magazine.

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