Our smartphones store a lot of our private data. What will happen should you lose it?
The security risk of lost smartphones
Researches at Symantec recently made the “Smartphone Honey Stick Project” to check what folks do when tempted with a lost smartphone. The findings were unnerving to put it mildly; they found out that 96 percent of people made an effort to access personal data while 45 percent attempted to access corporate emails.
Human nature and smartphone tech
What the Symantec study says about human nature is questionable. The foundation of the study was that they left 50 “lost” smartphones in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa. Obviously, for the sake of the research the files in the phones were meaningless and they were organized with labels like “online banking” and “saved passwords”.
The results were that 72 percent of folks that found the phones, at the very least, accessed the photos. That number can be chalked up to the curious nature of humanity, but when you realize that 43 percent of people made an effort to open the “online banking” files things get a lot more concerning.
Protecting your smartphone
Fortunately there are some steps people could take to defend themselves should they lose their smartphones.
The simplest way to secure the data on your smartphone is always to create a secure password. It may seem obvious, nevertheless you would be astonished at how many people don’t password protect their phones. There are also many apps that securely lock specific apps or files. A less obvious choice is to subscribe to a service that lets you remotely wipe your smartphones memory. Regardless of which method you use, it’s essential that you take some method of securing your smartphone in the event of loss or theft.