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Lost your phone? There's a 50/50 chance of getting it back

Symantec deliberately loses 50 smartphones, then tracks the devices to see if the person who found them attempts to snoop.

What happens when your phone makes it into someone else's hands? Stephen Shankland/CNET

Do you know where your Samsung Galaxy S II is? When did you last see your iPhone 4S? If you've lost your smartphone, you'd better resign yourself to never seeing it again, as new research reveals that barely half of smartphones get returned.

For its Smartphone Honey Stick Project, security firm Symantec decided to see what happens to lost phones When you misplace your phone, will you ever see it again? And how safe is your data when it's in the hands of a stranger?

Symantec, the folks behind Norton Antivirus, deliberately lost 50 smartphones in lifts, shopping centers, and public transport stops in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ottawa. The phones were then tracked to see whether the person finding them tried to have a snoop around.

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