Your Smartphone Is Your Best Friend but How Well Do You Treat It?

Nowadays there is hardly a person not using a smartphone. Smartphones and mobile devices as a whole have become our best friends that accompany everywhere and help us in a variety of tasks. However, it turns out that more than 50% of users are not protecting their mobile devices like they should. Many users don’t password-protect their mobiles and don’t use anti-theft solutions. This lack of security leaves both their devices and the stored information vulnerable to theft or hacking.

The Majority of Users Leave Their Mobile Devices Unprotected

These findings have been made by Kaspersky Lab via a survey which showed that less than 48% of survey participants password-protect their mobile device, and only 14% rely on encryption to protect their files and folders from unauthorized access.

The findings are quite troublesome since the majority of users have turned their mobiles into portative computers, using them for online shopping, online banking, social media activities, etc. The personally identifiable information stored on a mobile device can turn into a liability for a user, if accessed by the wrong person, to say the least.
As explained by Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab:

We all love our connected devices because they give us access to vital information, from anywhere at any time. They are valuable items that criminals naturally want to get their hands on, and their job is made easier by the fact that every other pickpocketed phone is not password protected.

The survey also revealed that less than 41% of users make backups of their data and only 22% deploy anti-theft protection on their devices. What does the lack of protection mean for the owner of the mobile phone? If it is lost or stolen, (Read more...)

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