Loss-proof your valuables!
Frustrated when you lose something valuable, like a laptop, gift card or cellphone? Here are the easy ways to get them back so you’re not out a cent!
●1 Label your electronics!
Taking your laptop or other pricey item with you on a plane? Attach a label with your contact info to any gadget you’re putting through the X-ray at the airport security checkpoint. Every year, passengers mistakenly leave behind thousands of electronics—but if security has your contact info, they’ll do their best to track you down at the airport to give yours back. If they can’t find you, they’ll contact you to let you know they have your item so they can return it.
●2 Register gift cards!
Ever misplace a gift card before you had a chance to use it? Luckily, there’s a fix: To ensure your gift card cash is always available—regardless of whether you have the actual card—register the card with the store or bank that issued it or add it to a virtual wallet like Android Pay (Android.com/ pay) and Gyft (Gyft.com). The funds stay in your account (at no cost) until you’re ready to use them!
●3 Find a lost smartphone!
Good news: There are free ways to quickly track down your smartphone if it’s ever lost! If you’ve got an iphone, enable the “Find My iphone” app. Then if your iphone goes missing, log in to your icloud account from another device and locate it on a map or make it play a sound to find it nearby. Android phone? Enable the “Location” feature. Then you can log in to Google.com/android/find any time and pinpoint your phone’s location on a map or have it ring for five minutes.
●4 Get back electronic buys!
Switched to a new electronic device that doesn’t have all your apps, books, movies, music and other purchases on it? Or mistakenly deleted past purchases from your current device? In most cases, you can now visit the online store where you purchased the items, then redownload them. For example, Apple customers can follow the how-to at Support. Apple.com/en-us/ht201272. And Amazon.com customers can log in to their account, then visit the music, video or other library where their past buys are stored to re-access them.
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