Are Your Secrets On eBay?
Too many employees fail to erase or encrypt sensitive data on their mobile devices before tossing them out, say researchers from British phone company BT Group, the University of Glamorgan in Wales, and Edith Cowan University in Australia.
To prove its point, the team recently purchased 161 discarded handheld devices from online auction sites and secondhand outlets in Britain and Australia. One in five, found the researchers, contained details about salaries, company finances, business plans, or board meetings. This is why it's so important that, when you recycle computer parts such as hard drives, you pick a reputable recycling company.