Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 13th July 2015 1509

Kaspersky Mobile SecurityDigital Information Needs Back-Up Plan

A new term has been added to the IT lexicon.

This is ‘Digital Amnesia’ and it refers to our shrinking capacity to remember stuff in the digital age.

Apparently, since we have started carrying our address books, telephone directories, maps, dictionaries and travel guides around with us in small metal slices that also make phone calls, we have given up on bothering to memorise.

This conclusion comes from a global study by the team at Kaspersky, the internet security specialists.

It was not a great surprise that a much higher proportion of the more mature amongst us can bring to mind their family home phone number, committed to memory years ago as teenagers, in those years before mobiles, than can recall family members’ phone numbers today.

It is too easy to spin up a name on a phone and simply press ‘call.’

This raises interesting questions about whether evolution will now erode the capacity of human memory in the future.

But meanwhile, Kaspersky concerns itself more with what happens if the smartphone loses its memory, because of a malfunction or theft.

They found that the threat is most acute amongst 16 to 24 year olds where 53 per cent of them said they might need to recall in a hurry was held on their smartphone – 38 per cent said they would be absolutely frantic if that information was lost.

Kaspersky uses these findings, of course, as a good reason to invest in its Internet Security for Android product, which offers protection for the contents of smart phones.

The wider message is clear though, wherever we 21st century folk decide to store our information, we ought to have back-up copies somewhere.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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