Friday, 28 December 2012

Study: Half of Lost Smartphones are Returned

Ever leave your smartphone in a busy restaurant? You might think it’s a goner, but about half of lost mobile devices are returned, according to a recent Symantec study.

The security company left 50 smartphones across New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Ottawa, Canada in elevators, malls, food courts, public transit stops and other heavy-trafficked locations. The phones lacked security features, such as passwords, and were loaded with fake sensitive data, from social networking and online banking apps to corporate files.

The findings:

96 percent of lost smartphones were accessed by the finders of the devices
89 percent of devices were accessed for personal related apps and information
83 percent of devices were accessed for corporate related apps and information
70 percent of devices were accessed for both business and personal related apps and information
50 percent of smartphone finders contacted the owner and provided contact information
With work phones, Symantec said there is more than an 80 percent chance there will be attempts to breach corporate networks or data.



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