Data destroyed on lost mobile phones


Data destroyed on lost mobile phones

Antony Savvas

UK firm Virtuity has developed technology to remotely destroy data on lost or stolen mobile phones.

BackStopp Mobile uses the mobile's communications to track it down. Once the device has been traced, BackStopp deletes information.

As soon as the data is wiped out, BackStopp creates a report detailing what was erased, when, and can even pinpoint the location of the device.

The company's website claims the report can include a photograph of the thief.

BackStopp locates the device using GSM and WiFi communications.

The initial BackStopp Mobile release supports all devices running on the Windows Mobile operating system. This includes devices where a business application is in use.

Development work for devices running Nokia's Symbian operating system (OS) has started. Symbian is the most widely used OS.

Virtuity already sells similar technology for laptop PCs. Virtuity recently announced a significant upgrade to its core laptop location tracking and data protection application. This includes encryption integration, wireless and RFID integration, HR system integration and OS destruction.

Police forces using the Airwave mobile communications system have a similar remote data destruction system for lost or stolen mobile devices.

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