Home > Personal Details > PDA's and Your Personal Information

PDA's and Your Personal Information

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 22 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
Pda Personal Digital Assistant Pdas

In today's fast moving and technological environment we are finding more and more ways of storing our personal data and taking it with us on the move. In so far as this can be advantageous if we need to call on such information at a moment's notice it can also be dangerous if such information falls into the hands of those who wish to use it for purposes other than those it was originally designed for.

What is a PDA?

A Personal Digital Assistant is often referred to as a PDA or a handheld computer. These small devices, sometimes no larger in size to a mobile telephone, can hold vast amounts of data and call also send and receive emails as well as performing tasks such as word processing, producing spreadsheets and allowing their users to have organiser facilities at the touch of a screen.

When PDAs first entered the marketplace they were rather cumbersome devices and the notion was they would not catch on however some ten years later they are as much a part of business and personal life as the mobile telephone itself.

Indeed one such forerunner is the Blackberry which is both PDA and mobile telephone combined allowing the user the freedom to make and receive calls on the move and also make and receive electronic mails as well.

Your Personal Information

Whilst using a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) you are likely to input or email information of a personal nature as you would with a home computer or laptop. For this reason it is of the utmost importance that such information is kept safe and made as difficult to access as possible for any would-be thief.

If you must email using your PDA then you should always make a point of deleting your electronic mails once they have been sent. This can be done very easily and if your PDA is set up to use an email account that you can also access in your office or home then copies of these mails will be accessible there after they have been deleted from your PDA.

It is important that where possible you do not leave or use bank details via your PDA and if you must ensure that they are removed as soon as they are finished with.


Most PDAs use a standard language - or code - to operate the applications installed on them. For the most part these applications will be derivatives of Microsoft's Windows platform packages such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook.

These packages all come with an industry standard password protect function allowing you to attach passwords to your important files thus making more difficult to hack into should your PDA fall into the wrong hands.

It is a must that if you have to keep sensitive information on your PDA that you password protect the files in which this information is stored.

Wireless Functionality

As the technology we are discussing progresses so does it's applications and one of the newest features of these PDAs is wireless connectivity. Just as you connect to the Internet in your office or home using wireless technology so to can PDAs in so-called 'hot spots' - these are areas specifically open to the accessing of Wi-Fi Internet such as Internet Cafes.

You should be aware that identity thieves are now as technical as their victims and as such you are vulnerable to having your data downloaded or hacked if you use such a 'hot spot' without the correct encryption in place.

Most Wi-Fi technology allows for standard WPA or WEP encryption which requires passwords containing either digits or alpha-numeric combinations. It is important to have your wireless Internet connection protected using one of these two industry standards in order to avoid unauthorised access.

PDA - Put it Away!

It is important that if you do carry such a device you do so about your person in a pocket that is difficult to get at. Do not leave such equipment visible in your car should you be leaving your car parked for any length of time and never allow anyone to use your PDA if there is a chance you may be out of their sight for any length of time.

Likewise it is important to clear off any important files once they are finished with and also to ensure that memory cards are also wiped clean.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopfully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Shree - Your Question:Hi, I have just got my NI number in a post. The letter contains my name as Mrs Bhagyavi Barthkumar Patel…
    20 February 2017
  • Shree
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi, I have just got my NI number in a post. The letter contains my name as Mrs Bhagyavi Barthkumar Patel instead of Mrs Bhagyavi…
    19 February 2017
  • Pd77
    Re: Your Driving Licence and your Passport
    My national insurance card and drivers licence have been stolen. what Risk is there if someone using them to get…
    2 February 2017
  • Yogesh Raja
    Re: Proving Your Identity
    Relying on signatures is boosting identity fraud because in the event of crime signatures do not even expose person's gender. To make…
    1 February 2017
  • JCG78
    Re: Identity Theft of the Deceased
    @Nana - come clean after his death. If you report him he will be arrested and face charges for stealing someone else's ID. What…
    27 January 2017
  • Nana
    Re: Identity Theft of the Deceased
    I have been caring for elderly uncle in his late 70s . He has been using his brother ID for many years . His brother lives…
    26 January 2017
  • Louise
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi. Can a national insurance card be used to find someone's bank details out ? I currently filled some details regarding a tax…
    11 January 2017
  • PRA
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    My employer had a data breach of my NI number and it took them over two months to inform me of the breach. This seems too long.…
    23 December 2016
  • A.K
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    I was waiting on a letter from HMRC - my new tax code. It always has a note of my FULL national insurance number, FULL name…
    20 December 2016
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Vhp - Your Question:My ex employer has been using my NI without me knowing and I have been paying tax every month and few weeks…
    8 December 2016
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the AboutIdentityTheft website. Please read our Disclaimer.