Last week, Sarah told you all about her awful experience of having her iPhone stolen while she was studying abroad in Rome. You may have read it and thought “that’ll never happen to me” and went about your business. The sad truth of the matter is that losing your smartphone, or having it stolen, is all-too-common and, reality check: it could totally happen to you.

Whether you drop it at a party without realizing, leave it in the library, or someone pickpockets you, losing your smartphone or laptop is entirely a possibility. And even worse reality check: not only can it cost you hundreds of dollars to replace the phone, but your personal information could wind up in the hands of someone else, including everything from photos to your banking information. Yikes! Don’t believe me? Check out the infographic below:

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There are ways to safeguard yourself from a crazy smartphone trauma-rama situation, and it goes well beyond just making sure your phone is in a safe place. Absolute LoJack is software that helps you protect all the vulnerable data on your phone and other devices — it gives you the option to delete everything in the event that your device is lost or stolen, and helps you track where your device is located so that you can improve your chances of getting it back.

We’re partnering with Absolute LoJack for their #DigitallyDark Challenge, and as a result, we’re doing a giveaway! 5 (yes, FIVE!) lucky winners will receive a free 1-year subscription to Absolute LoJack so you can keep your devices safe and secure.

We’re also offering our readers an exclusive offer: for a limited time, get a fantastic discount on Absolute LoJack: Two years for the price of one! Click here to protect your Laptop (PC or Mac) or here to protect your android device (select Samsung devices only.)  Offer good through April 4, 2014.

Prizes:

5 winners will receive a free 1-year subscription to Absolute LoJack

How to Enter:

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For more opportunities to win, be sure to follow the #DigitallyDark tag and visit some of the other blogs participating in the challenge, including: CSAndreas VlogDivas & DorksLittleTechGirlNeowinTo the MotherhoodGeekazine7 on a Shoestring That Tech Chick!

Good luck!