Half The World’s Mobile Device Users Now ‘Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks’

Half The World’s Mobile Device Users Now ‘Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks’

About half of world’s mobile devices are now vulnerable to cyber attacks and malicious threats resulting from inadequate protection by users.

Another insight gleaned by the report is that 88 percent of Internet device users tend to protect their computers (laptops and desktops) more than their mobile devices, while 57 percent protect their tablets more than their smartphones. The revelation comes from recent finding by Kaspersky Lab which underscore the state of vulnerability of mobile devices due to rising “inadequate protection” by the world’s family of mobile phone users.

The document titled Consumer Security Risks Survey, shows that mobile devices are least of the devices protected against online threats.
According to the Kaspersky Lab report, out of 12,000 respondents surveyed across 21 countries, 53 percent have a security solution installed on their smartphones.

Another insight gleaned by the report is that 88 percent of Internet device users tend to protect their computers (laptops and desktops) more than their mobile devices, while 57 percent protect their tablets more than their smartphones.
Kaspersky Lab warns that under-protection of mobile phones by users is “a misjudgment when we consider how much important and personal information is carried on mobile devices today. Mobile devices are an important part of our lives. Not only do they hold important information, they are our gateway to online banking, emails, photo sharing, communicating with loved ones and more. Not protecting these devices is not an option if we want to protect what matters to us most,” said Victor Yablokov, Head of Mobile Product Line at Kaspersky Lab.

The report also suggests that people are unaware of the need to protect their mobile devices with a security solution.
While 55 percent think that their desktops and laptops definitely need IT security software, only 42 percent feel the same about smartphones and tablets. It adds that one-in-five (21 percent) users aren’t even fully aware of mobile malware.
When looking to protect devices, consumers often look to only passwords as the answer. 81 percent use only password protection on their computers and 82 percent have protected their smartphones this way, according to the survey.
“This is concerning because passwords cannot protect a device from malicious malware, fraud or spear phishing attacks. Instead, a combination of passwords and comprehensive security solutions is necessary, which less than half (46 percent) of participants admitted to doing,” authors of the Kaspersky Lab report say.
“Mobile devices are an important part of our lives. Not only do they hold important information, they are our gateway to online banking, emails, photo sharing, communicating with loved ones and more. Not protecting these devices is not an option if we want to protect what matters to us most,” said Victor Yablokov, Head of Mobile Product Line at Kaspersky Lab.
“But with only half of mobiles being protected effectively, there is a lot more work to be done before we are safe from cyber threats,” he said.
According to him, “by becoming more cyber-savvy, they can then be more prepared for the online world and the dangers it brings.”

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  1. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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  2. Brilliant post, I’m going to spend more time exploring this subject.

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