Eight of the 30 people who found phones lost on purpose called to return the devices

Do you keep a lot of important information on your cell phone? And what could happen if you lost the device? How do you deal with so much information in front of you? How much do you keep? How much information do you store on your cell phone in a day like today?
Today you had to take the subway. The train was already leaving when you realized you forgot something: the cell phone. He stood on the bench. Do you think anyone on the side would take it?
A lady took it. And he left the station without looking for the lost and found sector. It was only one of 30 cell phones lost on purpose. It was a test. An unpublished research in Brazil that Fantástico followed with exclusivity. These phones were being tracked.
You will see what information is most accessed on your device after you release the classic phrase: "Where's my cell phone?"
Today, 40% of cell phones sold in Brazil are smartphones, more expensive phones and more and more resources. The estimate is that 30 million Brazilians have such a device. Pocket computers, so easy to forget.
You lost your cell phone. Now, what bothers you the most? Missing the device or the information inside? Fantástico invited volunteers to participate in a test. Only they do not know what's going to happen.
Before entering the room, they had to leave the cell phones with the team of the Fantastic. The digital security expert Wanderson Castilho moved the devices for information inside the cell phone. "The problem is people do not know the risk they're running," warns Wanderson.
The test we showed at the beginning of this report was made by a digital security company. It proves the vulnerability of information we carry on cell phones. To achieve the result, the company simulated the forgetting of 30 handsets in points with large circulation of people. Metro stations, buses, malls and airports in São Paulo, Rio and Brasilia.
At the bus station in Brasilia, a researcher leaves the phone at the counter of a snack bar. A short time later, a man approaches, puts his arm on the device and leaves with him.
On an escalator at the Rio subway exit, a man notices that a cell phone was left on the railing. He even turns, but keeps climbing. When another person appears, he asks, "Get my phone there, please." A boy picks up the cell phone and hands it over to the supposed owner, who leaves.
Almost all the people who found the devices then accessed the data. "In most cases, 90% of them, people who found the device tried to access personal or corporate information," says security strategist André Carrareto.
In the initial screen of lost smartphones, there were several applications. Photo albums, social networking, bank access and personal and work email. There was nothing inside these apps. What the company wanted was to understand which data was the most striking.
"It appears loading photo gallery, and the person is there, waiting, but not actually carrying. What many do: they close the application and try again. This indicates that the person really wants to access their data, "explains researcher Pedro Amaro.
A cell phone, left at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, had the folder of photos accessed 17 times. What most caught the attention were the photos: 70% of the people who found the cell phones accessed the photographs; 47% - almost half - accessed the notepad, which had a file called passwords; 47% joined social networking applications.
It was because of a situation so photographer André Batista was able to retrieve the phone.
"I was going home by bus and going down I forgot my cell phone. I tried to call the number, the number called and did not answer, I sent a message, saying: 'Please give me the cell phone', "he says.
There was no reply. It was a mistake that made history change.
"Accessing Facebook I saw that a person had taken a photo logged on my Facebook from my cell phone, wishing good night," André says.
To try to recover the device, André shared the girl's picture with his friends. "And it took on a much larger proportion than I had imagined. It has reached 40,000, 70,000 shares in less than three days, "he continues.


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