This infographic is based off of Lost in Transit, a survey by AVG Technologies, who polled over 5,000 smartphone, MP3 player, tablet, and laptop users around the world to determine which devices were most often lost or stolen over the past year. The survey revealed that the holidays are one of the likeliest times for people to lose their mobile phones. 9% of people lose their smartphone after attending a holiday party. Traveling during the break? Be extra careful: 39% of smartphone owners have lost or or had their device stolen during a plane, taxi, car or train commute. Obviously the risk of losing your phone is present any time of the year, but it makes sense that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season makes us more prone to being forgetful and careless. AVG Technologies has provided the following advice to avoid falling victim to losing your mobile device–applicable all year round!

1. Back-up your data: In many cases lost phones are gone forever, so it’s important to make sure that you have recent copies of important information so that should you need to replace a missing device, you can instantly bounce back to normal.
2. Store it someplace secure, that you can easily check. The quicker you are able to realize that you have misplaced your phone, the more likely it will be that you will be able to retrieve it.
3. Use a password! You never know what could happen should your smartphone fall into the wrong hands. Make sure that your private information stays private.