A third of professionals using mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones admit to not using passwords or any other security protection despite three out of 10 storing their Pins, passwords and other corporate information on the devices.
Almost 80 per cent of users do not encrypt the information on their PDA or smartphone even though sensitive personal and valuable corporate information is being stored on the devices.
Some 81 per cent use PDAs and smartphones to store business names and addresses, 45 per cent to receive and view emails, and 27 per cent to store corporate information.
Nearly two-thirds also use the devices as a business diary, and 14 per cent store sensitive information about their customers.
Loss and theft of mobile devices is also increasing. Last year just 16 per cent had lost a PDA or smartphone, but the figure has increased to 22 per cent this year. Of those who had lost their device, 81 per cent had not encrypted the information.
Sometimes loss is not unintentional; one interviewee lost his smartphone by "throwing the bloody thing out the window".
Most devices are lost in transit, either in the back of a taxi, in an airport or on a train. Nightclubs and restaurants are the next most common places.
When people do lose their mobile device only 40 per cent inform the police. The rest do not believe there is anything the police can do.
But the survey carries a health warning due to its tiny sample size. The Mobile Usage Survey 2005 was conducted among only 73 IT managers.
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