Old phones se­cu­rity risk

The West Australian - - NEWS - Mandy Squires

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.

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