Credant Warns U.K. Mobile Phone Users of ID Theft
London — March 18
According to the findings of a survey by endpoint data protection security providers, Credant Technologies, 80 percent of phone users store information on their phones that could easily be used to steal their identities. The research surveyed 600 commuters at London railway stations about their mobile phones, typical usage and the types of sensitive information stored on them:
- 16% – Have their bank account details saved on their mobile phones.
- 44% – Have their pin numbers and passwords saved.
- 11% – Keep social security and inland revenue details.
- 10% – Store credit card information.
- 40% – Fail to protect their devices with a password.
Further investigation reveals the information stored is not restricted to personal details, as most users also use their personal devices for business use:
- 99% – Use their phones for some sort of business use — even though 26 percent have been instructed by their employer not to do so.
- 35% – Receive and send business e-mails.
- 77% – Keep business names and addresses.
- 30% – Use them as a business diary.
- 17% – Download corporate information, such as documents and spreadsheets.
- 23% – Store customers’ information.
“Once you have access to someone’s e-mails, passwords, birthdays, business diary, documents, children’s names and pets, you can easily masquerade as that person, sending out e-mails under their name, read all their corporate data and get to see every personal detail of their life,” said Paul Huntingdon, public sector director with Credant Technologies. “People are ignorant to how easy a professional thief could take over their life and effectively destroy it. It is therefore imperative that all mobile phone users, even with the most basic handset, password-protect and encrypt them.”