Protect Your Gear, Your Gifts And Your Memories Through The Holidays And Beyond

Take steps toward a more stress-free holiday season: Get insurance for your plans and presents. (NAPS)

(NAPSI)—The holidays can be an exciting and frenetic time of year, full of equal parts stress and joy. A little planning and taking a few precautions can help give you peace of mind and save cherished memories.

• Protect your investment from accidental damage.

From cell phones to major appliances and other electronics, retailers have been offering protection programs and warranties for various types of products for years. While some require a small fee for a little peace of mind, from now until January 6, 2018, Canon is offering 13 months of free CarePAK PLUS coverage to customers who purchase select Canon cameras and lenses and register their product within 30 days of purchase. CarePAK PLUS offers protection from accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and more—including normal wear and tear beyond the standard warranty period. With CarePAK PLUS, a damaged product will be repaired to good working condition, or replaced with an equivalent product, with all services performed exclusively by Canon.

• Be aware of your surroundings.

Be aware of what you leave out in the open on office countertops and at holiday parties. Be sure to hide personal electronic devices, purses and shopping bags you leave in your car and keep your most valued personal items with you while at parties and functions.

• Secure your packages and gifts.

It is estimated that over 10 million U.S. consumers have packages stolen from their doorsteps. Consumers need to know when and where their packages will arrive. Most retailers offer package tracking. Be sure to reroute packages, pick them up at your local post office or package shipping store, and add insurance on packages for peace of mind. Don’t forget to back up and protect devices.

Remember to update passwords, embrace encryption technologies and install phone tracking on mobile devices to help prevent against loss or theft. Remember to back up your photos, music and contacts on home computers regularly.

• Preserve and protect your memories.

According to InfoTrends’ 2016 U.S. Consumer Digital Camera End User Study, there are about 4 trillion images worldwide stored on a variety of devices, storage media and in the cloud. Remember to organize and protect these memories at the end of each holiday season. Print your favorite photos for framing around the house or print a digital photo book.

And here’s a tip to reduce the risk of losing images in the event your files become corrupted—do not try to reformat the media before seeking professional data recovery assistance. Data recovery services can cost hundreds of dollars or more, but Canon’s paid CarePAK PLUS plans include Image Recovery—which will help retrieve lost or corrupted images or video—adding an extra layer of protection for your precious memories. And now until January 6, 2018, customers eligible for free CarePAK PLUS coverage can also purchase a 36-month Canon CarePAK PLUS plan, with Image Recovery effective from day 1. That’s a total of 49 months of coverage.

Protecting yourself, your gear and your memories is a great way to step into the New Year. The free 13-month Canon CarePAK PLUS coverage and additional option of 49 months of coverage with Image Recovery are transferable, so if you purchase a Canon product as a gift for someone or sell it during the covered period, the benefits can be transferred. For further information and complete terms and conditions, visit www.usa.canon.com/protection or call 1-800-OK-CANON.

It helps to have a little awareness, preparedness and sometimes even a little bit of extra care to protect yourself and your loved ones from life’s unforeseen events.

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