Mobile users at risk of ID theft

Posted on March 18, 2009  Comments (1)

Mobile users at risk of ID theft

Security experts say that password protection and, where possible, data encryption, is essential. The advent of smartphones has seen the types of information that pass through handsets proliferate and it is now much more common to store sensitive information and work-related details on handsets.

But the storage of increasingly personal information is also on the rise; the survey found that 16% of people store their bank details on their phones and nearly a quarter store PIN numbers and passwords.

Security experts agree that the storage of such crucial details is ill-advised, and advise users to take advantage of the available security features of a phone.

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One Response to “Mobile users at risk of ID theft”

  1. Anonymous
    March 19th, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    I don’t think there’s any uncrackable security feature available for phones. The most sensible advice is to either not store sensitive data on your phone or somehow hide it. Say instead of creating file named PIN and writing 6453 you could just create a file “unnamed1” and write 764553546 – this way you could easily check the pin (it’s the last 4 numbers in reverse order) but if someone got your phone they’d either have no idea what the file is supposed to be or even if they figured that out, it’s not likely that they’d figure out where the PIN is in all this.

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