Taxis safest place to lose mobile devices

Powered by SC Magazine
 

A survey of around 2000 taxi drivers from eleven major cities around the world shows thousands of valuable mobile phones, handhelds, laptops and USB Sticks are forgotten in taxis every day.

The results of the survey showed that 6,440 mobile phones were lost by Sydney citizens in the last six months, with only 4,587 phones being reclaimed. The number of PDAs or Pocket PCs left in Sydney taxis totalled 440 - out of that 337 were reclaimed.

Conducted by US-based data encryption vendor Pointsec, the 'Taxi 2006/07' survey gauged the frequency and ease with which small mobile devices are lost in transit.

In the same period, 314 laptops were lost with 220 reclaimed, and 63 USB key/thumb drives were lost with all 63 reclaimed.

London residents fared the worst when it came to losing their valuables. A staggering 54,874 mobile phones (that’s over 2 per taxi) were lost. Around 4,718 handhelds or Pocket PCs, 3,179 laptops and 923 USB sticks/thumb drives were left in the back of licensed taxi cabs, said Sandeep Joshi managing director at Pointsec.

Bombay citizens lost around 32,970 mobile phones. Washington-based taxis had around 2,260 mobile phones left in the back of them. While Munich citizens left around 1,902 mobile phones and Oslo citizens left around 1,125.

Joshi said the numbers of lost laptops was also highest in London – 3,179 - with Munich in second place with 355 and Bombay in third place with 349.

“There is some good news for absent minded people though in that, if you are going to lose your mobile device, you couldn’t do it a better place than a taxi,” he said.

Globally an average of 75 percent of passengers were reunited with their mobile phones and 78 percent with their pocket PCs and laptops – with the taxi drivers in almost all cases tracking down their owners, said Joshi.

“Once again London came out on top – this time for having the most honest drivers with 96 percent of all mobile phones reported as being re-united with their happy owners,” he said.

However, the case was very different in San Francisco with just 32 percent of passengers being reconciled with their mobile phones and just 32 percent getting back their laptops compared to 100 percent in Bombay and Berlin.

Pointsec surveyed around 250 taxi drivers in each country extrapolated the figures based on the number of taxis in each city.

Taxis safest place to lose mobile devices
 
 
 
Top Stories
Meet FABACUS, Westpac's first computer
GE225 operators celebrate gold anniversary.
 
NSW Govt gets ready to throw out the floppy disks
[Opinion] Dominic Perrottet says its time for government to catch up.
 
iiNet facing new copyright battle with Hollywood
Fighting to protect customer details.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Do you direct debit customers? Read this
Oct 10, 2014
Authorities have been targeting direct debit practices with iiNet and Dodo receiving formal ...
Optus expands 4G coverage
Oct 10, 2014
If you rely on an Optus phone for work you might be interested to know that there are now 200 ...
Microsoft Office is now free for some charities
Oct 10, 2014
Microsoft has announced that eligible Australian non-profit organisations and charities can now ...
Vodafone lights up 4G in Adelaide
Oct 9, 2014
Live and work in Adelaide? Vodafone has switched on its 4G network in the city and suburbs.
Next year tradies will be able to take payments using ingogo
Oct 3, 2014
Ingogo is going to provide a card payment service for Xero users.
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  26%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  12%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  21%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  15%
 
Software development
  26%
TOTAL VOTES: 337

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  58%
 
No
  42%
TOTAL VOTES: 142

Vote