This talk was given at Oxford University on the 26th of October 2011 as part of their Information Security and Privacy Programme.
Over the past ten years, considerable effort has been put into engineering preventative solutions, policing and locating lost and stolen devices. Unfortunately theft of mobile devices continues to be an issue. Youth on youth crime is a particular issue in today’s world, where children take hundreds of pounds worth of electronic equipment to school with them every day. This talk will explore the issues and ask the following questions: Are we looking at a social issue rather than a technological one? Does new technology such as NFC and basing our lives in the cloud increase the risk of theft? Would the introduction of biometrics on phones put us as users at more of a risk than if we didn’t have it?