Olympics 'will lead to rise in phone thefts'

Olympics 'will lead to rise in phone thefts'The Olympics certainly have a lot to answer for in mobile land - just a few days ago, it was being reported that the gay social networking app, Grindr, had been bought down by the amount of contenders who'd arrived in London and were looking for a hookup.

Now, we're all being warned to keep on our guard because thousands of phones are set to be stolen. As many as 67,000 in fact - though that's a rather precise number and we don't quite understand how it would be reached.

Apparently, 50,000 handsets are stolen or go missing in London every fortnight - and network security specialist, Venafi, reckons that could be upped by an extra 17,000 during the games.

It's a bit of a no-brainer really. Those of us who live in London know, sadly, that tourists are easy pickings. Especially around Leicester Square. It was revealed recently that the the tube station there is the biggest hotspot for pickpocketing on the network.

Add to that the fact that millions of people will be whipping their phones out in public to check maps, games times and all the rest of it and you have a criminal's dream.

The problem is that not only could you lose your phone - but also your data. Most of us who are tech savvy will have some kinda cloud backup these days. If you're an iPhone or Android user, it's par for the course. But with lots of users also having their work emails etc on there, it's a real risk.

“There’s been an explosion of corporate data available to users from their mobile devices,” said Gregory Webb, Venafi’s Vice President of Marketing. “This is a real danger and one that is often overlooked.”

It's old advice really - but if you don't have a passcode lock set, at least make sure you do if you're in London over the next month. Just in case. Invest in some kind of tracking service on your phone or buy insurance. But whatever you do, just keep your wits about you.

Via T3

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 19:15

There is no recession. Isn't that great?
Somebody had money to pay somebody else to compile this "research"! Good Times.
Now I'll tweet a link to the Nobel Committee.

But I s'pose it's a good opportunity to remind people to be extra careful.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 20:31

Olympics 'will lead to rise in phone thefts'
Really? That surprises me... *rolls eyes*

SpeedyG  Jul. 25, 2012 at 14:34

This research was brought to you by *Really? No s***, Sherlock.* LTD.

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