Mobile phone recycling: Most Aussies don’t wipe stolen mobile phones

Only around 30 per cent of Australians who lose their mobile phones take precautions to protect their data by getting them wiped.

That is according to results from a survey commissioned by PayPal. Of the 1,000 Australian smartphone users asked, one in six revealed they had lost, misplaced or had their phones stolen in the last year.

However, upon losing the device, only 30 per cent actually remotely wiped the data from it.

Not only that, but almost half of the respondents revealed they don't even use a passcode on their mobile phones, making them easier for hackers to use.

Lookout's Mobile Lost & Found Survey in April found that nearly $4 million worth of mobile phones were lost in Sydney alone last year.

“Unlike our wallets, I think we take our phones a little for granted. We're not as careful as we should be. These are connected devices that do, in some way, manage our entire lives,” said PayPal director of mobile security and risk Prashanth Ranganathan.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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