Having a lot of business and personal data stored in my Berry, I’ve always been extremely cautious about losing it, or having it stolen, especially when traveling abroad. It’s locked up in the room safe most of the time and I only use it for pulling data, looking up a phone number, or doing emails. I use a cheap unlocked GSM mobile phone for my phone calls while traveling overseas.
Over the weekend I read an artcle in the NY Times about Digial Espionage among governments and large corporations. Wow, now this makes sense. Why not? The growth in global smartphone use is expected to go up 25% in 2012 from last year according to BSN. The number of smartphones will jump to 630 million in 2012 and over 980 million by 2015. Think about that for a minute. All that computing power in a wallet sized device with powerful apps and valuable data in the hands of so many who haven’t a clue how to fully secure their information!
According to the Times article the business and government overseas traveler is a big target, especially in China and Russia, but what about the average Joe on a honeymoon or vacation? Identity is a full blown industry now and I think we can all learn something from the caution being exercised by the biggest targets among us.