Editor's Note: A special thanks to Mr. Brian Beeler for offering to contribute this excellent piece (originally posted on our PDA site; BargainPDA.com). To all of you who are sometimes "absent minded professors", this story is especially for you! Securing your PDA, Smartphone and notebook/Tablet PCis critical. Take this latest study from Pointsec as exhibit A. They studied nine countries over the past six months and found tens of thousands of mobile devices were left behind. They go on to highlight one particular cab company in Chicago, who saw the worst numbers, 85,619 phones, 21,460 PDAs and 4,425 notebooks left behind in the six month period. And this is just one cab company in one city! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> The study, sponsored by Pointsec Mobile Technologies was conducted among licensed taxi drivers to gauge the frequency and ease with which small mobile devices are lost in transit. Pointsec first commissioned the study four years ago in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">London</st1lace></st1:City>; this year's results indicated a significant worsening in the problem, with 71% more laptops and 350% more Pocket PCs/PDAs being left behind in that city than in 2001. "It is alarming to see that the problem of losing mobile devices has accelerated," said Peter Larsson, CEO of Pointsec Mobile Technologies. "Mobile users are in an even worse position now because they are far more reliant on their mobile devices to store large amounts of sensitive information, with very few concerned about backing it up or protecting it. Legislation is slowly becoming more specific in this arena, and there is a good chance we will soon see legal action taken against people and organizations who do not protect information stored on mobile devices, much of which is about private individuals." <o></o> But it's not all bad, globally an average of 80% of the phones were re-united with their owners, along with 96% of the PDAs and notebooks. In most cases the cabbies tracked down the owners themselves. <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1lace> was the worst when it came to reunions, 46% got their phones back, but only a staggering 18% retrieved their notebooks. <o></o> While PDAs, notebooks and mobile phones were popular lost items, there were a few more interesting items in the lost and found bin. Drivers turned in pets, Viagra, a prosthetic leg, undergarments, condoms, knives and of course, luggage.