Most of us have felt it at some time or another: that sinking feeling when you can't find your phone anywhere and realize you've lost it, or worse, that someone has stolen it. Mobile phones and the data they hold are very valuable to thieves. And for similar reasons -- they hold so much important personal information of real and sentimental value -- a theft can be a huge loss for the owner.
The moment you realize you're detached from your device, your thoughts will no doubt start racing. Where is it? Will I ever get it back? Will a thief be able to access its contents, including photos, videos, messages, and personal information? Unfortunately, the chances of actually getting a stolen phone back are slim. However, if you take the right steps before and after your phone is stolen, you can increase the chance of recovery and limit the damage.
In this post from Comparitech, Aimee O'Driscoll explains what to do if your phone is stolen and provide best practices for securing a new or existing phone: