Here is a story that had me giggling for quite some time. A man left his “$400 Kindle” in his car and it got stolen. But the thief was dumb enough to use the on-board camera to take some selfies with it, including this shot with his innocent mom. As reported by the local CBS station in Los Angeles:
“McDonald’s sorrow turned to surprise when a few days later he says selfies popped up on his television screen after being uploaded from his Kindle to the Cloud online data storage network…LAPD detectives say tracking technology has helped them solve more than a dozen cases similar to this in the past year.”
It wasn’t clear from the article which particular model this man had. But I have at least four devices I use for reading, and I think all of them have a camera. Its heartening to think that this little add-on might help me get my device back if something happened to it.
One thing I did do was download a free app on my iPhone which lets me add text to a photo background and set it as my lock screen. I outfitted my chosen image with the Beloved’s name and phone number; if I lose any of my devices, someone can access this information without even needing to unlock the device itself. This way, my personal information stays protected (you need a passcode to unlock my iPad and phone), but I can still have an emergency contact listed.
Of course, this will not deter an actual thief; but, as the story points out, there is more than one way to achieve that aim. In this case, the Kindle itself tattled on the burglar!