Do y’all remember this post I wrote last week about going off the grid as part of the Absolute LoJack Challenge, to see how important smartphone tracking software is? Well, my #DigitallyDark day came and went…and IT WAS HELL! I cheated a little and planned my day during vacation, on the weekend, so that it would affect my work as little as possible. I thought, “Oh, it won’t be that bad, no one works on Saturday and I’ll be so busy having fun that I won’t miss my phone that much!”
I WAS WRONG.
I was in Napa Valley with my girlfriends, literally 1,000 miles away from Chris and Angeline…and I missed them horribly! Not being able to call them? Not being able to text? It was rough! What if something happened? What if they needed me? What if one of the dogs ran out of the front door and got hit by a truck, and Chris was frantically calling me all day long to find out the phone number of our vet? These are the kinds of things you worry about while you are in the middle of trying to find your smartphone that’s been stolen!
And then there’s the social media aspect of being without a phone. No checking Twitter, no sharing fun photos of our wine tours or our foodie expeditions on Instagram…
There was no checking email or knowing if I just received the invitation of a lifetime and missed it because I wasn’t on email (I have missed several opportunities throughout my blogging career by being too slow to open that Golden Ticket email).
I tried not to think about it and enjoy myself. And don’t get me wrong, I did have a great time. But being disconnected was always in the far corners of my mind, a nagging sense of dread that something was happening and I was missing it.
So while I have never lost or had a device stolen, my day of being #DigitallyDark taught me a valuable lesson: having a device taken from you is horrible. I can’t even imagine the emotions that would have been involved if my phone really was stolen; the feeling of violation, desperation, wondering if the thief would go through my photos and use them against me, start spamming my email contacts, hack into my social media accounts and totally ruin me, steal my money through my financial apps, steal my identity because my drivers license and passport information are stored on my phone…
We all store so much personal information on our devices. Financial records, family history, years and years of photos – having your phone, laptop or tablet stolen can literally ruin your life.
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Absolute Lojack #DigitallyDark Giveaway
One winner will receive a family pack that includes Five 1-year Premium Absolute LoJack Subscriptions.
This giveaway is open to US residents and ends at midnight EST on June 25th.