Eighty per cent of mobile phone users are storing sensitive information on their phones.

 

Credant Technologies surveyed 600 commuters at London railway stations about their mobile phones, typical usage and the types of sensitive information stored on them.

 

The results showed that 16 per cent have their bank account details saved on their mobile phones, 24 per cent store pin numbers and passwords, 11 per cent keep social security and Inland Revenue details while ten per cent store credit card information. Also, 40 per cent naively fail to protect their devices with a password.

 

The survey also revealed that 99 per cent of people use their phones for some sort of business use, though 26 per cent have been instructed by their employer not to do so. Also, 17 per cent download corporate information, such as documents and spreadsheets and 23 per cent store customer information.

 

Paul Huntingdon, public sector director at Credant Technologies, said: “Once you have access to someone's emails, passwords, birthdays, business diary, documents, children's names and pets you can easily masquerade as that person, sending out emails under their name, read all their corporate data and get to see every personal detail of their life.

 

“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.”