I was just sent a link to a good article on smart phone security and safety. It got me thinking about the mistakes I had made in my iPhone info security strategy. Why had I made these simple mistakes?
Common Sense Security for Your iPhone
After trying to wipe the iPhone when it went missin
I tried to remote wipe the iPhone when it went missing. After hours of turning the state room up side down and inside out. Using the ship-board Internet connection was difficult, time consuming and results-questionable. But the wipe never worked. My best guess, even after talking with Apple tech support, is that the airplane mode assisted the thief - foiling the wipe.
I found the thief had most likely sold the iPhone because it appeared to have come into the possession of someone in the Asian content. The phone was lost in Italy. The possessor was using my Mobile Me account to store their contacts. I emailed their mother and explained the appearance of their child's new iPhone that looked slightly used. It may have been purchased on the black market. Mom never responded to me.
These mistakes were made because of the cognitive dissonance require for one to secure their smart phone. One has the mental model that the apps and info stored and accessible via the iPhone should be quick to access and retrieve. This model is in direct opposition to the need to secure the info. Putting it into the safe requires several extra steps, retrieving it requires several extra steps, the discipline to segregate the info requires cognitive dissonance.
When I'm at the airplane checkin counter and the clerk ask for my frequent flyer account number, rather than finding it in the contacts app, I have to retain the discipline to open the safe, login to the safe, search the safe for the card and then I can answer the query.
But, I've learned a lesson. Yes, I failed. I'm turning it into success. Now I'm just practicing, practicing, practicing the lesson. I hope you will also.