Online threats may still be targeted mainly at old-school PC users, but that may change pretty quickly if those shady digital conmen spot the results of a new Bullguard survey.
According to the mobile security firm, more than half of UK smartphone users are completely unaware of the uses and need for mobile phone security.
It's a simple fact that virus writers, spammers and other online con artists tend to focus their efforts most on the technologies and systems that are most popular with the general public. That's the reason why Macs have traditionally been safer than PCs, and why mobile phones used to be almost completely free from malware.
But that has certainly changed these days, when you consider that nearly half a billion mobile phones will be sold this year – with an ever-growing proportion being smartphones.
So it's fairly alarming that of the 2,000 UK mobile users Bullguard spoke to, fully 53% said they didn't think phones needed protecting.
Some of the other figures were equally disturbing: 49% of those polled said they “have never been concerned about accessing the internet from a mobile phone”, and 42% said it had never crossed their mind. Nearly one in four actively argued that protection wasn't necessarily.
“It's not really surprising that consumers haven't responded to this emerging threat,” Bullguard's Claus Villumsen commented. “People want to buy products that 'just work', and not concern themselves with jumping through more hoops once a device is up and running.
“The key thing to remember here is that Smartphones are effectively miniature computers and so are just as vulnerable.”