Losing Your Smartphone

Losing Your Smartphone

Smartphones are very important tools today, but what happens should you lose your phone?

The security risk of lost smartphones

Researchers at Symantec found that 96 percent of individuals that pick up a lost smartphone tried to access personal or business data stored in the device. The research also found out that 45 percent of individuals who found a lost smartphone attempted to access the corporate e-mail client on the device. This is scary news. Naturally, smartphones are designed to be tiny. It’s not hard to misplace them.

Human nature and smartphone tech

The Symantec study is an intriguing one because it says a whole lot about human nature. Symantec intentionally left 50 smartphones in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa. Each phone was loaded with fake files and apps that contained no information but were labeled with enticing names such as “online banking,” “social media,” and “saved passwords.”

According to the study results, 72 percent of people who found a phone made an effort to access photos, 57 percent made an effort to open a file named “saved passwords,” and 43 percent made an effort to open the “online banking” app. This should concern those who have the habit of losing their phone.

Protecting your smartphone

These numbers may very well be frightening but there are things that people can do to protect themselves in case they misplace their smartphones.

The easiest way to guard the data on your smartphone is always to create a secure password. It might seem obvious, but 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 utilize, it’s crucial that you take some method of securing your smartphone in the event of loss or theft.