Adding a password or passcode is one of the most basic but useful strategies for protecting your private data if your mobile phone gets stolen. However, it looks like many Australians can't be bothered with this simple technique.
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A study of 1,202 Australians by Unisys suggested that just 18% have a password on their mobile devices which they change regularly, and that 58% don't use a password at all. Quite aside from the financial risk of someone making large numbers of calls on your phone, as we move towards smart phones there's far more personal data at risk.
Smart phone passwords and passcodes aren't necessarily complete protection, but they're definitely a strategy that should be part of your security arsenal.