Saturday, 12 January 2013

My iPhone 5 was stolen yesterday

While I was at a local Starbucks on a conf call using Skype.

If I got the the sequence of events right:

  • I had the phone on the table (with my laptop and coffee) 
  • a guy approach me while I was on the call
  • I thought he was selling the Big Issue paper
  • Since I always make the point to support the guys who sell this paper (homeless person trying to get back into work), I bought it from him
  • At the time I did find it weird that the copy of Big Issue  was a bit 'used'
  • After a couple minutes I noticed my phone gone
So I give the guy credit for his smoothness (nobody in the cafe noticed), and I guess the guy gets two bad Karma points in one go:
  • one for stealing and 
  • one for stealing from a guy who was trying to help him (by buying the paper)
I hope that who ever gets that phone gets a lot of value from it (and that the money from the sale is put to good use)

Meanwhile, as soon as I noticed the loss:
  • I went to iClould , checked on 'where is my device' (offline of course) and set it to remote wipe on next connection to the internet
  • Changed my email passwords
  • Reported the loss to the Mobile phone operator
  • Reported the loss to the police
  • Reported the loss to the insurance (who needs the references number from the police)
The device had a pin so I don't think that a normal user would be able to bypass it.

Also I wonder where they are able to use that phone, since the IMEI of the phone (its unique ID) should now be blocked by the networks.

I guess the option is to find somebody who can do a wipe of the phone, including changing its IMEI and OS.

The good news is that I didn't really lose any data, and the most important (technical) asset that I wouldn't want to lose was my laptop, which is still with me (i.e. not stolen :)  )

Yes I should had been a bit more street-smart, but events like this are bound to happen occasionally  and I just hope that they don't happen enough that I need to change my behaviour and focus.


Anonymous said...

What's commendable was you were outright fast in getting the necessary information erased from your phone. Another plus is that you have the IMEI code memorized and reported.- Arnold Powell

Anonymous said...

I thought Iphone5's security features are awesome. If one can remotely wipe clean all the data as well as access to the phone it would be pretty neat.