I Can Has Your iPhone?
Watch your iPhones, kids!
Walking out of work today, a guy stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if he could pay me a dollar to make a call. I told him that he could make one for free (how nice of me) and asked him the number (it is a lot faster for me to dial a number since many people don’t know how to access the dial-pad unless they already own an iPhone).
The guy called a number (720-621-7655) and said something along the lines of “I’m stranded at 21st and Larimer” to the answering party. He then proceeded to steal my phone.
I chased him around the corner with Amber in the car (who had pulled up right as the guy started running away) following on the street. About two blocks or so later, I caught up to him and he proceeded to change direction and cross right in front of a line of cars on a one-way street running into a small alleyway. At that moment, another car (going the wrong way on the street) pulled into the same alleyway and I thought that my phone was gone. I figured the guy had called a friend to come pick him up and my mind went right to figuring out strategies to either locate my phone (unlikely) or simply make sure all my personal / work data was properly disposed.
After saying a few curse-words, Amber noticed a group of people congregating about half a block from the alleyway the thief disappeared into, and I recognized the vehicle as the same car that pulled in after him. As it turns out, the driver of the car had noticed me chasing the guy down the street and had taken it upon himself to retrieve my phone. In just a few minutes, I had my phone back in perfect condition.
I learned a few things from this:
- Don’t let strangers make calls. It’s 2008 … get your own damn phone.
- I enabled the password on my phone. If it’s entered incorrectly 10 times, all data will be wiped clean. It’s not too cumbersome to type in the code every now and again, and it will definitely come in handy if this ever happens again.
The phone itself is valuable but it’s the data that I was most concerned with. I can always cancel the phone’s IMEI and suspend the account, but the jerk-off would have had access to all my emails, Twitter account, and whatever else I have loaded. Granted, the guy didn’t seem very technically minded (probably just saw a shiny object he thought he could sell for crack or something), but the fact that my personal information was just “out there” really sent me for a loop.
Learn from my mistakes and lock up your phones!