Losing a phone or device REALLY sucks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Filed Under: Android, BlackBerry, Data loss, Featured, iOS, Mobile

How badly does it suck when you lose a phone or device? I have done it countless times. I try to multi-task, attempting to complete six things at once, only to forget my phone somewhere difficult to retrieve it from, like a plane or in a cab. Just hate that.

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a Sophos survey which asked people in the UK about privacy and security with respect their mobile phones.

More than 1000 people took part, and some of the results were pretty interesting. For instance, t he findings showed that men were more likely than women to lose mobiles, and that Londoners were more likely to lose devices than people living elsewhere in the UK.

(Actually, the latter doesn't surprise me - there is a lot more to think about when getting from A to B in central London than there is in, say, Looe Cornwall or Dundrum in county Down).

You can see a lot more stats from the Sophos-commissioned survey in the accompanying press release, but here is an infographic Sophos created to illustrate some of the findings:

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You might also want to check out Sophos's Bubble Wrap Cab, a dedicated page updated showcasing free tools and videos on the mobile privacy and security.

All this information should be food for thought about ensuring your mobile and other devices are password-protected and encrypted where appropriate.

There are a number reputable products out there that will help you run a more secure device. If you are an Android mobile user, Sophos does have a free security app you can install from the Google Play Store to help protect you from cyber nasties.

Here is a screenshot of the Sophos's Android security tool in action:

shocked face image courtesy of Shutterstock

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2 Responses to Losing a phone or device REALLY sucks [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. 4caster · 623 days ago

    It would help if mobile phones were made with rings attached to them, so that they could be attached by nylon cord to one's belt, for example. However I suspect that their manufacturers and salesmen quite like them to get lost, because they will always be replaced, won't they?

  2. Bill Justesen · 623 days ago

    Can the Sophos security app, which I already have installed, be set up to turn on the GPS for tracking? I usually have GPS off to conserve battery.

    I already have the other items in the "Loss & Theft" feature checked.

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Hi. I am a social, brand and communications expert with 10 years in senior roles in the tech space. I'm currently Sophos' s Global Director of Social Media and Communities. Proudest work achievement? Creating and launching award-winning Naked Security. Outside work, I am a mean cook, an avid reader, a chronic insomniac, a podcast obsessive and blogger .