Smartphone users shun security

More than half of all British smartphone users do not know they should have security software installed on their device, according to new research.

A recent survey by One Poll on behalf of internet security firm, BullGuard, showed that 53% of users claimed that they are unaware of security software for smartphones, which the firm stated showed a lack of insight into the rising number of malicious threats affecting mobile phones.

A further 21% of those surveyed argued that such protection was unnecessary, and 42% admitted it ‘hadn’t crossed their mind’.

The survey also indicated that 49% of users have never been concerned about accessing the internet from a mobile phone, and 32% hadn’t thought about the potential risk. This sits awkwardly amongst statistics indicating that 55% of users are unaware that a mobile could get infected by a virus, yet 50% admitted to going online regularly.

Further figures from the survey suggest that lack of awareness is a key issue, with 88% admitting they ‘don’t completely trust the internet’, while still using their mobile phone to access the web. Meanwhile, 11% of respondents believed it was safer to access the internet from a mobile phone, 31% claimed it was just as safe as a computer, and 26% weren’t sure.

However, Claus Villumsen, mobile security expert at BullGuard, commented: “It’s not really surprising that consumers haven’t responded to this emerging threat. People want to buy products that just work, and not concern themselves with jumping through more hoops once a device is up and running. The key thing to remember here is that smartphones are effectively miniature computers, and so are just as vulnerable.

The following two tabs change content below.


Latest posts by admin (see all)