What to do if Your Lose Your Smartphone

Many if not the majority of us own smartphones these days and they hold a lot of information. What happens if you ever lose it?

The security risk of lost smartphones

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

Human nature and smartphone tech

What the Symantec study says about human nature is questionable. The basis 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”.

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 tried to open the “online banking” app. This will concern whoever has the habit of losing their phone.

Protecting your smartphone

The Symantec study makes us recognize that we have a large amount of data on our smartphones which should be protected. Luckily, there are some easy ways to achieve this.

The easiest way is to generate a very secure password that is difficult to guess. As an added measure there are lots of security programs that lock apps and files on smartphones. There are also some services and apps that could wipe a smartphone’s memory from a remote location. Whatever you decide to go with, it has become clear that smartphone security measures need to be taken.

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