Mobile Phone Users, Obsessed With Devices, Still Lack Proper Security
While consumers recognize mobile security as important, they still don’t take the right precautions, according to a survey by Sprint and Lookout.Wireless users have a striking attachment to mobile devices and a concern about the exposure of their personal information, according to a survey commissioned by mobile security specialist Lookout and telecommunications giant Sprint and conducted by Harris Interactive. Despite being deeply attached to their mobile phones, Americans surveyed exhibit risky behavior when using the devices. The study found that more than a quarter (26 percent) of respondents were unaware of the risks of clicking on unfamiliar links while browsing on mobile, while 18 percent said they store password information on their phones. People are most concerned about someone seeing information without their permission on their mobile phones, including personally identifiable information (42 percent), bank and financial information (33 percent), contacts information (29 percent) and text messages (23 percent). While consumers recognize that mobile security is an important issue, people still don't take the right precautions; only 44 percent of those surveyed said they set a PIN or a passcode on their phones.
Just under two-thirds (63 percent) of people surveyed said they check their smartphones at least once an hour, while 9 percent check every five minutes. A third of respondents said they would fear the contents of their mobile phones being projected on a big screen.