Many if not most of us own smartphones nowadays and they hold a lot of information. What will happen if you lose it?

The security risk of lost smartphones

Researches at Symantec recently created the “Smartphone Honey Stick Project” to evaluate what folks do when tempted with a lost smartphone. The findings were unnerving to put it mildly; they found out that 96 percent of people made an effort to access personal information while 45 percent attempted to access corporate emails.

Human nature and smartphone tech

The Symantec study was in essence studying human nature. 50 smartphones were left in large cities in North America; namely New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa. The files the phones contained were fake and had enticing labels such as “online banking” and “saved passwords”.

Ultimately, the results were that 72 percent of people that found the “lost” phone accessed the photos. So, people are curious. That’s no crime. But 43 percent of people tried to access the “online banking” files. That is a little more telling.

Protecting your smartphone

These numbers may very well be frightening but there are things that people can do to secure themselves just in case they misplace their smartphones.

The easiest way is to generate a very secure password which is difficult to guess. As an added measure there are numerous security programs that lock apps and files on smartphones. Additionally there are some services and apps that can wipe a smartphone’s memory from a remote location. Whatever you choose to go with, it’s become clear that smartphone security measures have to be taken.