In an age of highly secure smartphones, 50% of smartphone users do not make use of any password or anti-theft solution, leaving their devices vulnerable to leakage of their precious data making it accessible to anyone, says a survey. Most people today rely on their mobile devices to make use of the internet or carry out any online transactions, such as company emails, money transfer, social media activities including highly sensitive data. This survey was conducted by the Russian-based cyber security company Kaspersky Lab that showed that less than 48% of people password-protect their mobile devices and just 14 % of people encrypt their files and folders to avoid unauthorised access. “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,” said Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab. Further, the survey showed that less than half (41%) of people make backups of their data and only 22% use anti-theft features on their mobile devices. If these devices fall into the wrong hands, all of this data from personal accounts, including photos, messages and even financial details could become accessible to someone else, the study said. “There are a few really simple things that everyone can do to secure their devices and the data they hold. By applying password protection and using a dedicated security solution, including anti-theft protection, you can protect your personal information, photos and online accounts from both loss and malicious usage,” Aleshin added.
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