More than 8,000 smartphones, tablets, laptops and other wireless devices were orphaned at major U.S. airports last year, according to a survey by Texas-based data security firm Credant Technologies.
The company surveyed seven major airports, including O'Hare International in Chicago. The others were located in Denver, San Francisco, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Minneapolis/St. Paul. According to the survey, airports reported a collective 8,016 lost devices in the last year. Of this, 45 percent were smartphones and tablets. Another 43 percent were laptops. The remaining devices were USB sticks.
Credant found that on average, 52 percent of lost devices were reunited with their owners. As for unclaimed devices, airports reported that 70 percent of orphaned gadgets are donated to charity. Another 15 percent are sent to the local police station after 30 days, while the remaining 15 percent get sold at public auctions.
The data security firm advises consumers to make sure their devices are protected, especially those that store corporate data. Strong passwords are an important first step in preventing data breaches if a device is separated from its owner, Credant said.
As for other lost items, Credant said some of the odder belongings left behind at airports included a microwave oven and a set of tires.
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