No password for smartphone? You might get compromised, Kaspersky Lab says

Woburn, MA – June 28, 2018 – New research from Kaspersky Lab has found that 52 percent of people do not password-protect their mobile devices, and only 22 percent of consumers use anti-theft solutions on their phones. This means that pickpockets could be in for a treat if they are able to easily swipe one of these unsecured devices and access all of the data on it.

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According to the report, today, most consumers rely heavily on mobile devices to store and access sensitive digital data. For example, over a third (35%) of people use their smartphone for online banking. Furthermore, 57 percent of people regularly use their smartphone to access personal email accounts and 55 percent use it for social media activities.

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However, having a lot of precious data stored on their mobile device does not necessarily make consumers more security-conscious. Kaspersky Lab found that less than half (48%) of those surveyed password-protect their mobile devices, and just 14 percent encrypt their files and folders to avoid unauthorized access. This means that losing a device to petty crime could have serious consequences beyond the cost of the device itself, as all of the data on it– including photos, messages, and even financial details – could be compromised.

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Even if a device is protected by a password, many consumers are failing to take basic precautions to ensure that all is not lost if their device is broken or stolen. In fact, less than half (41%) of the respondents make backups of their data, so regardless of whether a criminal can access the data on a stolen device, it will not be recoverable to the owner.

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