Speak to most IT people, and they will tell you the way people use their Smartphones make these devices the weakest link in the data security fence. A recent survey conducted by Anti-Virus company AVG and research and consulting firm The Ponemon Institute reinforce this perception.
According to the report, 84% of the respondents use their mobile device for both work and personal uses, and a majority (66%) admit that they keep a lot of personal information on their phone, such as email address, name, contact lists, photos, videos, anniversary and personal dates and music. However, only about half use a keypad lock or password to protect access to the information. We find this shocking given how easy it is to password protect a Smartphone.
Further, although two-thirds of the respondents have paid at least once for an item using their Smartphone, only 6% say they check their mobile bill regularly. This isn’t that surprising, considering 57% said that security on a Smartphone is not an important feature when deciding which model to use.
What does this mean? Well, unless you’re planning a life of crime, you should probably consider some of the following simple things to help make your Smartphone live up to its name:
If you want more information on data security, speak to your IT person – they would be more than willing to help you ensure your device is protected.
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