Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cell Block Tango

I lost my cell phone in the JFK airport on Sunday.

Actually, lost implies that one doesn't know the location of an item. The proper terminology would be that I left my cell phone in the JFK airport. I left it at the gate and when I returned for it, it was gone. I had hoped that I could trust in the goodness of humankind and the assumption that most people have a cell phone and, on finding one, would turn it in to the lost and found. That, however, was four days ago.

In the meantime, I've done my share of internet browsing to discover how much of a risk is involved in loosing vital information through a stolen cell phone. While the reports are none too encouraging, I am finally happy that I never took the time to install V-Cast or Bluetooth on my phone and only used the basic features. I am also relieved that I had no incriminating information on my phone.

But, this poses an interesting dilemna. Even though I put a block on all my security codes and suspended my plan, is there still a way for advanced hackers to 1) access my information, or 2) resell my phone for a profit? I hate to say it, but if it's the later I'm not sure if I'm as concerned as I should be. Despite the initial cringe that someone's gaining a profit on my loss, I know that I can just use an old phone until I'm eligible for my "new every two" phone in 6 weeks.

I suppose there's a chance that someone will return it once they realize they're (hopefully) unable to use it; yet, with each day that passes, the chances become slim to non that the masses have the same moral upstanding as my family, my friends, and I have.

All in all, this is a wake up call that I potentially put too much import on material posessions. After all, it is just a phone and there are much more important things in life.

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