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Lost your smartphone? — 96% chance someone is snooping on your data…

Have you ever lost your smartphone? And do you lock it? If not, you may want to rethink that decision.

A study by Symantec, the security company, found there is a 96% chance that the person who finds that phone will access it for personal-related apps and information. Yep, 96 percent.

The study found there is only a 50 percent chance the person who finds your phone will try to return it. Symantec actually tested this out — they lost a bunch of smartphones — on purpose… they called it the honey pot project.

Kevin Haley is the director of Symantec Security Response. He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDEr show why so many people put themselves at risk.


Keven Haley talks with Chris Dorobek by cdorobek

Do you lock your smartphone? Do you have wiping software? How do you protect yourself?

To listen to Jim and Marie’s full interview you can catch the full radio show at GovLoop Insights or your can subscribe to our itunes channel.

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Profile Photo Corey McCarren

The thing I don’t like about locking the phone that I have right now is that it doesn’t have In-Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts that could be reached regardless of whether or not the phone is locked. Therefore if I lose my phone my chances of recovering it are further diminished. I had one phone which 3 ICE contacts could be reached and it allowed for 3 notes (medical information, insurance, whatever) in case something happened to me. I liked that a lot.

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