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Symantec "lost" phone study shows most people are dishonest

By Rick · 24 replies
Mar 12, 2012
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  1. Symantec's Honey Stick Project (pdf) confirms what many of us already knew: almost no one can resist the temptation of poking around on someone else's smartphone. 

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    "With that in mind however, finders accessed a file named "Saved Passwords" 57 percent of the time."

    Hahaha. Their are some nosy people out there, huh?
  3. Imagine that. smh lol
  4. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    What a freakin SHOCK!! Pppl are dishonest??? Noooooooooooo!?!?! Is it any surprise? Im so used to ppl being dishonest that an honest person is a real surprise.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    whats shocking, at least in my opinion, is not that the phones weren't returned, but the fact that people tried guessing passwords to peoples bank accounts and accessed social networking accounts, instead of just restoring the phone or something.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,621   +2,353

    <b>Of the 50 "lost" phones, owners received offers to return the devices 25 times.</b>

    So how many were actually returned? I'm guessing...zero? Another key question: how many of these phones were left in "public areas" that had any kind of responsible party the phone could have been left with (maintenance, security, service desk, etc)? If the majority weren't left in spots like that it would skew the results quite a bit. Most people who wouldn't snoop on a lost phone wouldn't touch it begin with - they'd keep right on walking. The remaining minority would probably hand it over to the lost-and-found it one was near at hand. Almost nobody is going to go out of there way (call the cops, etc) just to see a phone get back to its owner..they'll rarely do it for a wallet or purse these days. Also, you would've gotten more turned in/returned devices in small towns as opposed to big cities. None of these facts dispute the overall result, though - personal honor and civic decency are practically dead concepts in our society. The fact that these tests were designed to <i>market security software</i> instead of promote teaching values to our kids speaks volumes. You can thank the ACLU and other leftist subversive groups for that.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,621   +2,353

  8. I'm wondering if I should feel like an ***** for turning in (a) gold necklace (broken clasp) found in parking lot and (b) purse with credit cards and ID discarded by young black after he yanked the cash out and ran. I hope the policemen I turned these in weren't laughing at my honest attempt to return what was lost. I will admit that I did keep the $20 out of the washing machine - after posting a sign asking if anyone lost "anything" (no response).
  9. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    I find the 43% that accessed Banking Apps the most disappointing. That's a criminal mind and work.
    Snoops are one thing, but it saddens me to think that that many people have criminal tenancies.

    I do agree with psycros' analysis of the situation:
    I think i'm a fairly honest person, and if i saw a phone sitting on a park bench, i would probably just keep walking. Although if i was in a restaurant, i would probably turn it in.
  10. Some people, like me for instance, would not pick up the phone at all. So don't say most people are dishonest, say most people who picked up a smartphone that wasnt theirs are dishonest.
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    My post was purely sarcasm. I deal with ppl and cellphones all day. Most of the time ppl will be honest "In General". However, give them a situation where they can be dishonest and no one will find out, they turn into little thieves. Also they will make themselves out to be victims given an opportunity. General honest flew out the window when ex-president Clinton lied to America lol.
  12. People are dishonest? Oh gee...I wonder why?

    40+ years of taking god out of our lives....the ***** movement that you can be a single parent, heather has to mommies, political correctness and on and on.

    I just can't understand why people are dishonest.......LOL.
    You REAP what you SEW!
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +67

    I've found a few phones in my time (no smartphones) and i will admit to having a snoop around. I wouldn't even dare of going into someone's bank account though.

    These sort of findings don't surprise me one bit.
  14. "Symantec "lost" phone study shows most Amarican & Canadian people are dishonest"

    There, for you.
  15. nothing to do with dishonesty, more so nosey ppl. its like leaving a box with "dont open" on it...
  16. I'm sorry but 50 people in all of North America is hardly a conclusive number.

    Also, honesty and nosiness are 2 different things. Wouldn't Symantec's 'study' fall under nosiness too?

    Personally I find that Symantec is dishonest.

    "Powerful protection against viruses and spyware that won't slow you down"

    Last time I checked their software was majorly bloated. I won't get into their pricing.
  17. What does god have to do with this? I'm an athiest and I'd do the right thing. Morals and values are not related to religion. Why do you people bring up religion and politics into something that purely isn't related to either? That's basically like saying, "Someone stole my phone, blame God and Obama." This problem is related to human nature. You should be blaming the shitty *** society we live in not GOD.....

  18. I agree - many of the ones that picked it up were dishonest. How many just left it there ?
  19. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    Dudes... information is expensive nowadays, how are you going to let free information go by just like that? =P
  20. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Reap what you Sew--English is kind of confusing should be "sow"-but then again, a female swine is also a Sow.

    As an Agnostic, I could not agree more with the guest about morals and values having little to do with God, but would add manners and kindness to your fellow man, to that equation.
  21. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,750   +1,490

    I once read "Do unto others as you would have them do to you",
    but the norm today must now be "Do unto others BEFORE they do you under" :sigh:
  22. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 220   +12

  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    I'm the same way.

    I would check out everything in the phone just to see what the users interest were. However if I personally knew who owned the phone, I would be more inclined to return it without snooping. I could never use anything I find against someone else. Anyone that can, deserves whatever punishment they get.

    About storing bank account numbers in a phone, how stupid could someone be? I hope they never lay their phone down just anywhere. If they do they are asking for what they get too.
  25. I'd be interested to see what the percentage of phones would get returned if the devices were password protected and showed a contact info screen after an incorrect password guess...

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