ITCT COMMENTARY: Apparently smartphones aren’t so smart at keeping identity thieves at bay. This article makes a great point, smart phones can be a gold mine of information. I just got an android phone a few weeks ago. Yes, I finally got with the program and got a smartphone. I’ll admit, I’m often several years behind the times, even decades, sometimes. I still watch Back to the Future clips on YouTube, and would love to go back to the 80′s if given the chance, just like Uncle Rico. Anyway, I haven’t gotten around to adding a password, or passpattern to protect my new smartphone from unauthorized users, which includes my little three-year old who has been known to send indecipherable gibberish texts from my phone. Most recipients just look at the sender, see that it’s me, and move on with life – nothing out of the ordinary. Anyway, the advice in the article is good. Now I’m off to add one more password to a long list of passwords that I already have. I’m sure there’s an app to remember all my passwords, but how to I access it if it’s password protected? A topic for another day.
Smartphones are becoming attractive targets for hackers and producers of malicious software because many of the devices contain a wealth of sensitive personal and financial information, experts said.
Seven percent of smartphone owners were victims of identity fraud in 2011, a one-third higher incidence rate compared to the general public, according to a recent survey by Javelin Strategy and Research . . .