Old phones security risk
Australian parents are hanging on to, rather than handing down, their old mobile phones because they do not know how to clear data and are worried their children will see private messages.
Research shows one in three people are concerned that someone will see their personal information or receive their messages if they give away their old mobiles, with more than 80 per cent admitting they would be more inclined to pass on their old phones if they knew how to remove their data and clear their phones properly.
Most parents said they would like to hand down old phones to their children to save money on buying new devices, but they were worried it could prove costly if credit cards and account details attached to their phones were not disconnected properly and their kids racked up bills or made purchases without their consent.
One-third of parents also admitted not knowing how to set “kidfriendly” parental controls on their mobiles. Government-accredited mobile phone recycling program Mobile Muster commissioned the survey of more than 1000 parents.