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Mumbaites top forgetful travellers poll

A survey of taxi drivers from 11 major cities across the world, conducted by Pointsec Mobile Technologies reveals that thousands of valuable mobile phones, handheld devices, laptops and USB Sticks are forgotten in taxis

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 17:47 IST

A survey of taxi drivers from 11 major cities across the world, conducted by Pointsec Mobile Technologies reveals that thousands of valuable mobile phones, handheld devices, laptops and USB Sticks are forgotten in taxis every day. Mumbaites top the list second only to London in losing mobile phones.

In the last six months, Mumbaites have forgotten a staggering 32,970 mobile phones, 349 laptops and 349 USB sticks/thumb drives at the back of licensed taxi cabs and these are just the ones that have been reported as lost!

Mumbai is not alone when it comes to forgetful travellers. The story of lost and forgotten mobiles echoes around the world with the same fate afflicting London, Sydney, Stockholm, San Francisco, Washington, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Oslo. Of all the cities London emerges as the capital with the most forgetful population losing 54872 mobile phones.

In case of handheld devices such as Pocket PCs being lost, London (4,718) ranked highest once again, followed by Washington (2,260), Munich (1902) and Berlin (1125). The number of lost laptops was also highest in London (3,179) with Munich in the second place with 355 followed by Mumbai in third spot with 349.

Pointsec, a leading provider of endpoint device security solutions conducted the survey amongst licensed taxi cabs to gauge the frequency and ease with which small mobile devices are lost in transit.

The objective of the survey was to encourage business and individual users to back-up, encrypt and password protect their devices in the event of it falling into wrong hands and the data being stolen, compromised or abused.

Peter Larsson – CEO, Pointsec Mobile Technologies said “With the storage capacity of mobile devices increasing, it is important for users to recognize the need to protect critical data. The Taxi Survey conducted by us highlights the need to educate the users about the value of data stored and how it could be misused in case adequate security tools such as encryption are not used to protect the same.”

Additional facts on the survey: Today, mobile phones are capable of storing 4 GB memory. That’s equivalent to physically storing data on 400 boxes of paper in 9 filing cabinets with the capacity to retain 4 million emails and 4000 songs.

The space provided by these high-end mobile devices means business travellers can now use them as a mobile office and a convenient replacement for the filing cabinet to store a host of personal and business data. This data can comprise customer and personal names and addresses, pictures, insurance details, bank account and credit card information, NI numbers, and other highly sensitive data, making it even more important to secure the data.

According to the survey, around 75 per cent passengers recovered their mobile phones and 78 per cent got their Pocket PCs and Laptops back– with the cab drivers in almost all cases tracking down their owners.