The company tracked the phones live as soon as they “lost” them. Those who found the phones almost immediately started using them, the company found.
Before the phones that were returned made it back to their owners, 43 percent of the finders accessed apps labeled online banking, Symantec said.
Fifty-three percent of the phone rescuers clicked on the “HR salaries app” and 72 percent clicked on a folder labeled private photos, according to the company.
Apparently, even the well-intentioned can be nosy.
The company says losing an unlocked phone is similar to losing your wallet since applications can often directly connect the user to account numbers and bank information. To ward off potential identity theft, the company suggests consumers not save financial passwords and password protect their cell phones.