Study finds smartphone users aren’t so smart about security


You may be very familiar with the way your smartphone works, and all the various security settings, in addition to being clued up about the issues that may be threatening your online security. However, if you’re a so-called ‘millennial’, the chances are that you’re not doing the simplest of things to secure your data – that’s the conclusion of a study from security firm Lookout, as reported by the LA Times.

A third of smartphone users don’t set a PIN

The company surveyed more than 1,000 smartphone users, and found that more than 52% of them who actually claimed to be security savvy didn’t even read the privacy policies before downloading mobile apps.

Though, to be fair, who does? Where are these mythical privacy policies available to users?

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Even more disturbing is the fact that 34% didn’t even set up a lock screen PIN or password to protect their devices, and 35% downloaded apps from untrusted sources.

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Lookout also says that users who say they’re privacy experts are more likely to show risky mobile behaviour, such as using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, visiting unfamiliar sites on their device, and plugging their devices into public charging stations.

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“Mobile devices are small but mighty”, said Lookout mobile safety advocate Cherie Gatson. “Because these devices fit in our back pockets, we sometimes forget that they carry immense amounts of highly sensitive data”.

She said, “It’s important to understand that once any device has the ability to store confidential or personal data, there’s now an incentive for cyber criminals to target it”.

Gatson further added that mobile devices are now the main computing platform, and as a result they require similar protection to PCs. What a surprise, a company that makes security software claiming that we all need such software on our smartphones!

You can read our guide to Android security here.



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