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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Identity Theft

Data stored on mobile devices is often at greater risk than data communicated over the air, due to the ease with which those devices can be lost. To dramatize the problem, Pointsec conducted a nine-nation survey of cab companies to see how frequently devices are left behind. A Chicago cab company reported the highest number of losses in the survey. On average, 3.42 mobile phones and .86 PDAs and Pocket PCs per cab were left behind each day. Over six months, the survey estimated that Chicago cab riders lost 85,619 mobile phones; 21,460 PDAs/Pocket PCs; and 4,425 laptops. (continued...)
Are you walking around with unsecured data on your Pocket PC?
There are many password protection products out there but the one I've been using is 9.95 PASSWORD MANAGER, the personal information organizer for Pocket PC handhelds that safely and securely stores your confidential data such as user names, passwords, credit cards, PIN codes, bank accounts, frequent flyer numbers, calling cards, and more. Your data is stored in a secure, encrypted format and can be retrieved by entering a single password.
I've been using this product for around a year and find it to be worth the $9.95 I spent. It gives me an easy way to remember my passwords and the desktop backup feature ensures that I'll be able to recover them in the event of loss of my PDA. The encrytion is rock-solid so I'm not worried if anyone but myself finds it. The company does not offer a trial (not sure why) but they do offer a 30 day money-back guarantee.
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