Smartphone users ‘neglect data protection’

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Many smartphone users are failing to implement adequate data protection measures, a new study shows.

A new survey shows that the majority of smartphone users are not taking data protection as seriously as they should.

According to the study, released by the National Cyber Security Alliance, almost three-quarters of people with smartphones (72 per cent) have never installed data protection applications or security in order to safeguard their personal information.

The report, which was conducted by Zogby International on behalf of the organisation, found that despite not having the appropriate security software installed on their devices, many people are using their smartphones in a way that could potentially put their data at risk.

More than four in ten people questioned (44 per cent) said they use their smartphones to access the internet, while three-quarters (75 per cent) said they access the internet on their device more frequently than they did one year ago.

Moreover, one in four people (24 per cent) said they store computer or banking passwords on their mobile devices.

The survey suggests that smartphone users may not be fully appreciating the dangers that could be facing their devices if they are not well protected.

Seven in ten (70 per cent) respondents said that they feel their device is safe from hackers, malware and other types of cybercrime.

Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, noted that an increasing number of people are connecting to the internet from a larger variety of devices than ever before.

"While the busy holiday season highlights new and exciting technologies being offered by retailers and adopted by consumers, we need to remain vigilant and be sure that all web-connected hardware has the proper security tools installed and is kept up to date," he warned.

"Beginning with the "Stop, Think, Connect" guidelines, the use of sound judgment online is necessary to protect our shared digital resources," he added.

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