Thursday 24 May 2018

Don't tempt fate – your phone's security is vital

How much personal information do people carry around with them? Quite a lot, it seems, and technological developments mean that it is all neatly packaged in the ubiquitous iPhone, laptop, iPad or android device. Not only do these devices often contain your name and number, but they can also be a treasure trove of information, from financial details such as PIN numbers to photographs you would probably only share with your nearest and dearest.

The progress of technology also means that most of us can no longer remember the myriad log-in codes and passwords for numerous personal and business devices, computers, iPads, even cash dispensers. So what do we do? We store such information in the one thing we find indispensable and always with us, our phone. Yet it is also probably the most vulnerable device available, something that is easily lost or stolen.

Data theft is not only a personal headache, it's a huge international problem. The corporate finance and recruitment company Deloitte carried out a survey with compliant users to find out how much information experts could extract from phones that were treated as 'lost' or 'wiped' using in-built devices.

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