Around 9,000 USB sticks are being found in clothes by staff at the local dry cleaners.
In a survey by Credant Technologies of 500 dry cleaners across the UK, staff claimed that on average they had found two USB sticks during the course of a year.
With more than 4,500 dry cleaners in the UK, around 9,000 USB sticks have been lost and found. Michael Callahan, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Credant Technologies, claims that there is an ever greater need for better vigilance.
Callahan said: “We conducted this survey to show people how easy it is to lose data, even in their local laundrette and that none of us are infallible. If the data is sensitive or valuable, then people should protect this information with encryption so no-one can access the data at any point, as it could easily end up in the wrong hands.”
The most USB sticks were found by dry cleaners in the suburbs, on the commuter belt or based in city centres, with one dry cleaner in the City of London claiming to have found an average of one USB stick every two weeks, and another said he had found at least 80 in the past year.