Simple password setting can help protect many mobile device users from malicious viewing and use of private albums with photos, theft of personal data and unauthorized mobile phone transactions
Given that half (52%) of users do not password protect their mobile devices and only 22% use anti-theft solutions, pocket thieves who get their hands on a smartphone might have a bad luck. This is one of the most recent issues raised by Kaspersky Lab, which has discovered that people leave their devices - with a growing amount of valuable data - available to anyone.
Many users access the Internet and do various other activities on mobile devices, so losing a device due to a crime is probably a more upsetting event than ever. For example, 68% of individuals say they regularly access the Internet on a smartphone (from 60% in 2016), and 34% of them use a tablet for the same purpose.
Therefore, these devices are stored and several important data types are sent from them. For example, over a third (35%) of people use their smartphone for online banking, which obviously means access to valuable financial information. In addition, 57% of respondents constantly use their smartphone to access their personal email and 55% say they use it for social media activities, both also involving large amounts of data sensitive.
The fact that they have a lot of important data on mobile devices does not necessarily make people more aware and more caring - less than half (48%) protect them with passwords and only 14% of them encrypt their files and folders to prevent unauthorized access. So if these devices get into the wrong hands, all the data - from personal accounts, photos, messages and even financial data - could become accessible to other people.
Even losing devices that are password protected could have serious consequences. For example, 41% of users are backing up data and only 22% use anti-theft features on their mobile devices, which means that the former owners of these devices are likely to be left without access to their personal information and accounts.
Kaspersky Lab recommends using security solutions specifically designed to help users protect their mobile devices. For example, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android sends recommendations to users to set a password to protect their devices against online and offline threats - malware or curious eyes of strangers. An advanced solution is Kaspersky Security Cloud, a service that automatically adapts to user behaviors to provide solid protection.