Be Doubly Afraid Of Cell Phones Lost In Airports
from the danger!-danger! dept
Earlier this week, a scare story about the supposed dangers of hidden data left on used cell phones did the rounds, spurred on by a self-serving vendor’s “research”. Another security company has now picked up the ball and run with it, saying that — gasp! — 40 percent of phones that turn up in UK airports’ lost and found offices aren’t reclaimed. “So what,” you’re probably thinking. But the danger doesn’t stop there! Heathrow Airport auctions off items that aren’t reclaimed after three months! Which means that your lost mobile phone could end up in a stranger’s hands! That means, apparently, that companies should encrypt the data on their mobile phones, so it can’t be accessed. Did we mention that the company behind this story just happens to make software that — and this is totally a coincidence, we’re sure — encrypts data on mobile phones? Somehow, stories like this would be a lot more believable if they didn’t originate from vendors who just happen to have a solution to these invented problems for sale.