Aussies love new gadgets. Take the mobile phone for example – Australia has more mobile phone services than people!
And phones are getting incredibly sophisticated – you can access the internet, send emails, play games, shoot video, work outside the office, turn it into a GPS, do your banking and goodness knows what else the latest app will help you do. Today’s phones are in fact powerful computers that can hold immense amounts of information about us and our work. But we still think of them as mere telephones – perhaps that’s why we are so lax about securing them properly.
Recent research shows that nearly six out of ten (58 per cent) Australians never secure their mobiles, PDAs or smartphones by using, and regularly changing, a password or PIN. Only 18 per cent said they always secured their mobile device.
Think about it. If someone found or stole your mobile phone, what would they be able to find out about you? Your home address, birthdays, names of people you talk to regularly, your holiday bookings, maybe even bank account details or PINs – all of which can be used to steal your identity. If the phone is internet enabled this goes to a whole new level: access to your emails (work and personal), company passwords, online banking, favourite websites and so on.
What fascinates me is that Australians have been telling us for some time that they are more concerned about identity theft and financial fraud than they are about any other security related issue. Yet their behaviour in response doesn’t seem to stack up.
We lock our front doors, we keep our passports and bank details safe, we even lock our letterboxes and make sure people can’t see when we type in our PIN at an ATM,- so why does our phone miss out?
Think smart: lock your phone with a PIN or password – keep your information safe.