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Technology helps locate lost smartphone

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When Jennifer Leonhard was leaving work earlier this month, her phone must have fallen out of her pocket. She didn't realize it until she got home.

But through a free app called 'Lookout Mobile Security', she was able to track her phone. Still, though, no success.

"I went ahead and remotely locked my phone at this point. I thought I don't want someone getting on it because what if they figure out how I'm tracking it. So I remotely locked it so they can't un-install the app," said Leonhard.

If someone got a hold of her phone and tried to enter a pin more than five times, the app would take a picture and immediately e-mail it to Leonhard.

And that's exactly what happened. 

"And I'm thinking oh my goodness, I have a picture I'm so excited. Now I have hope again. I thought it was gone. What do I do with a picture? I don't know," said Leonhard.

So Leonhard decided to share the picture on Facebook.

"Within an hour and half, we had the individual's name and this was maybe only 200 shares too. It was one of those things I didn't think it would take off so quickly. I was so amazed," said Leonhard.

Leonhard actually received an e-mail from the man in the picture saying he had her phone.

"He said 'hey can you take that picture down off Facebook' --  which I totally understand -- and I was like 'I'm sorry I can't until I get my phone back'. And I really waited until that night and before we took it down we had over 1,000 shares," said Leonhard.

Today, she's got her phone back and the most important things in it -- like a voicemail of her grandfather who passed away last month.

"Just to have that is just so special to me. And so I'm just so happy to have it back," said Leonhard.

She says something like this can benefit any one of us when we might need it most.


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