Problem of mobile phones left in London taxis replicated in Calderdale

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A technology “black hole” that sees more than 190,000 mobile phones lost in the back of London taxis each year is a problem in Calderdale too, according to drivers at Ziggy’s Metro Cars in Halifax.

Internet security firm ESET surveyed 300 London black cab drivers and found that on average a driver finds around eight forgotten mobile phones in their taxi each year, with around half of them not being secured by any type of pin code or other means, leaving private data vulnerable.

Mansha Hussein, who has been driving for Ziggy’s for five-and-a-half years, said: “It happens more at night once people have had a few drinks.

“Sometimes they leave brollies or mobile phones. But everything gets returned - 99 per cent of the time they are reunited with their owners.”

Bags of clothes and even a pram have been left in the back of taxis, according to another employee at Ziggy’s.

Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said: “Today we use our mobiles for a multitude of tasks, whether it’s our online banking or connecting to corporate email systems, and we do not want our devices to fall into the wrong hands.

“Our study shows that despite the huge publicity cybercrime receives in the media today, consumers still do not see themselves as a real target. This is naive and wrong. Cybercriminals are well aware of the fact that our mobiles contain connections to corporate networks and sensitive information and they will take advantage of this.

“Consumers should as an absolute minimum use a password to protect their device in case it is ever lost, however a good security posture would include encryption and a remote wipe facility.”