UK smartphone owners a bit silly when it comes to security

UK smartphone owners a bit silly when it comes to securityWith the rise of smartphone-based browsing, a study has shown that not everyone is up to speed on security.

Indeed, said study suggests that us Brits are the least security conscious smartphone owners in Europe. Oops.

The YouGuv study found that 93% of 25,000 Europeans (including adults from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain) have a smartphone, compared to 64% who own a desktop computer.

A significant 78% of those surveyed use their smartphones to browse, but only 19% of Brits have security software installed. Worse still, 52% were unaware that smartphone security software existed at all. Oh dear.

“Traditional desktop computers are slowly in decline as more people turn to their smartphone or tablet. This means device security has to be a priority,” says Kaspersky Lab’s Lee Sharrocks.

“After all, they will only continue to increase in popularity and more functions, many of which were formerly available only on PCs, are being added all the time.”

Android and iOS users can in fact protect their smartphones for free, with Lookout being – correct me if I’m wrong here – the most popular.

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Treab  Jul. 27, 2012 at 16:09

AVG ftw ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 27, 2012 at 16:27

AVG ftw ;)
Hahaha Zzzzzzzucker

Anyhoo.... Majority don't use PIN or password, either. Instead they rely on 'find my a*s' apps...
which are really not something to stake your privacy on, and with modern battery lifetimes, a security feature that relies on GPS and 3G... well: LOL (or Lulz...)

barrybarryk  Jul. 27, 2012 at 16:35

There's no such thing as a 'secure' mobile phone, and without looking at the source code of an app there's no way to call it safe on any platform.

Hell they should have looked at the 19% that have security software installed and seen just how many were running malware from inside their security software.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 27, 2012 at 16:45

There's no such thing as a 'secure' mobile phone, and without looking at the source code of an app there's no way to call it safe on any platform.

Hell they should have looked at the 19% that have security software installed and seen just how many were running malware from inside their security software.

Very correct!
It's big business, and when more people do online things with their phones, guess what big business needs? New mega-important products! To replace or duplicate the now neglected PC bloatware!

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