Business travelers are losing PDAs at the
Reprinted From: Computerworld Hong Kong - Tuesday, April 25, 2000
By Mitch Betts, US Computerworld
and salespeople roam the country with PDAs, theres a danger that
company data could be lost in a taxicab or airport terminal.
at the nations airports report a growing collection
of digital devices
mostly cell phones, but also a handful of PDAs such as Palm
The collection at San Francisco International
fill a cardboard box, says San Francisco Police Sgt. John
Franicevich, who oversees
the lost-and-found there. We get a couple of
notebooks a month, eight to 10
cell phones a week, a couple of PalmPilots,
he says of the
His advice: Use the devices password protection
fill out the owner page so theres a chance the device can be
with you. Of course, most lost devices are kept by the finder and
turned in, Franicevich notes.
The Internet Lost
and Found (www.lostandfound.com)
run by Copreco Financial Inc. lists 88 electronic
devices 12 of them
PDAs currently reported lost. Meanwhile, Denver
gets one or two calls per week from business travelers who have
and other electronic organizers, a lost-and-found clerk says.
say the gadgets usually
are left at security checkpoints or on those little shelves
at public phones.
One official says the best advice is simply to get to the airport
most devices are lost when the owner is in a rush.