Here's a shocker - details about computer security firm Symantec's "Lost Cell Phone Project" conducted in the US and Canada. The elaborate study followed 50 cell phones that were deliberately left on newspaper boxes and park benches, in elevators and other places where they would easily be found. I just read this story today, but the results were actually posted in March of 2012. I think it's still worth sharing.
These weren't just any phones -- they were loaded with tracking and logging software so Symantec employees could physically track them and keep track of everything the finders did with the gadgets. Collectively, 89 percent of finders clicked on something they probably shouldn't have. Only 50 percent of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner’s name was listed clearly within the contacts file.
Symantec says the point of the study was to see how many people would look at someone else's personal information.
The real point of the study tells us that users of smart phones absolutely must password-protect them
(75% of those people don't
). Even if lost smart phones are recovered, the banking and other important data stored on them could have been compromised. This study tells us that even when the phones were wiped clean, the data was viewed first.
Read all the details here - http://digitallife.today.msnbc.....ut-us?lite