How secure is your handheld?

Monday, 19 April 2004, 4:07 PM EST

The No. 1 threat to the sensitive data stored on your handheld device or smart phone remains physically losing the device, but other threats are looming on the handheld horizon.

"When you send a defective PDA to the manufacturer for tech support, they usually give you a new one and then resell the old one," said John Girard, vice president and research director at Gartner Inc. "Buying dead machines is an ideal method of pursuing identity theft."

What's more, 90% of mobile devices lack the protection necessary to ward off hackers, according to a recent strategic planning assumption conducted by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.

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