PDAs pose potential privacy problems

Business users download sensitive data, but ignore security

Companies are risking legal action by failing to protect data held on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones, according to a survey.

While there are no official statistics about the number of these devices that have been stolen, as many as a quarter of staff surveyed on PDA usage by mobile security firm Pointsec Mobile Technologies claimed to have either lost or had their PDA stolen.

Two in five users have lost a mobile phone, with the most frequent places being taxis and restaurants.

But what was seen as merely irritating in the past now has more serious consequences, as 85 per cent of users say that they use their PDA as a business tool.

News source: vnunet.com

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