By Tim Wilson
March 18, 2009
Mobile phone users are storing a dangerous amount of personal
information on their cell phones and other portable devices, and they
aren't doing nearly enough to protect that data, says a new study.
According to a survey of 600 commuters at London railway stations
published today by Credant Technologies, 80 percent of phone users store
information on their phones that could easily be used to steal their
identities. For example, 16 percent have their bank account details
saved on their mobile phones, 24 percent keep PIN numbers and passwords
on their phones, and 10 percent store credit card data.
Virtually all mobile phone users (99 percent) use their devices for some
sort of business task, even though 26 percent of those users have been
instructed not to by their companies, the study says. Thirty-five
percent of users send and receive business email with their mobile
devices, while 77 percent store business names and contact information.
Seventeen percent use their mobile devices to download corporate data,
such as documents and spreadsheets, and 23 percent store customer
information on their phones.
About 40 percent of these users do not password-protect this data, much
less use any form of encryption. This could spell disaster for
individuals -- and even the companies they work for, says Paul
Huntington, public sector director at Credant.
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