40% of smartphone users unprotected
SECURITY| Sept. 26, 2012, 5:10 p.m.
IT security vendor Kaspersky Lab has found in a new survey that around 40% of smartphone users do not have antivirus software on their smartphones.
This is despite the fact that malware targeting smartphones is growing. Kaspersky says the number of malicious programs varies greatly depending on the platform - for example, there are already hundreds of thousands of them for Android.
“In addition to viruses and Trojans there are other threats such as infected or phishing web sites or third-party access to your important data. The low numbers of smartphone users with proper protection demonstrates how little many people understand the levels of danger threatening PCs and smartphones,” the report notes.
Even though cybercriminals are as active on smartphones as on desktop computers, mobile users still feel relatively safe. Indirectly, this confirmed by the fact that just 43% of Apple iPhone owners say they use security systems – a situation not helped by the fact that the development of iOS makes impossible, in principle, to create comprehensive protection. On the Android and Symbian platforms things look a bit better: these smartphones are protected by 53% of owners.
Regardless of OS, the most popular protection for mobile devices is an antivirus application. Relatively few users install a password to access the device: 31% for Blackberry, 25% for iPhone and only 20% for the other platform users. Only 18% of smartphone owners (except for iPhone and Blackberry) think about the possible loss or theft of a mobile device and the subsequent need to install specialized software with an integrated Anti-Theft module, such as Kaspersky Mobile Security.
Among owners of tablets, the other popular mobile devices, the situation is broadly similar. Almost one third (31%) use no protection software at all. The remainder favors antivirus applications. In terms of password protection or prevention of data loss, tablet owners do not greatly differ from smartphone users. Generally, the O+K Research shows that the users do not pay serious attention to mobile threats even though they actively store important information on their tablets and smartphones.
MORE SECURITY NEWS
Ransomware: don’t pay the cybercriminalsESET offers tips on how keep PCs protected and avoid supporting cybercrime activities. Read More
Data breaches to cost $2.1 trillion by 2019New research suggests that the rapid digitisation of consumers’ lives and enterprise records will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1 trillion globally by 2019. Read More
Betting the farm on untested techWhile a plethora of new payment solutions are coming to market, businesses should be cautious about moving to new solutions just for the sake of it. Read More
Mobile student ID system to authenticate over 2 million Nigerian studentsHID Global and Botosoft have built and delivered a system to help the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) register and authenticate Nigerian students. Read More
‘WD purple surveillance drives tackle security challenges’Western Digital has released one of its flagship products, purple surveillance storage drives (WD Purple), in Nigeria, saying the solution, designed for high definition (HD) surveillance, will help tackle insecurity. Read More
Malawi Veep to lead in cyber security meetingMalawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima will next week preside over a sensitisation workshop on Cyber Security organised by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). Read More
Fighting the insider threatThere has been a growing focus on the threats posed by company employees who have access to critical information and either maliciously or carelessly leak that data, says Phoenix Software. Read More
Zambia to host Southern African Banking and ICT Summit 2015Efforts to curb increased incidences of cyber crime within Africa’s financial institutions, Government Agencies and private sector have received a boost with the planned Southern Africa Banking and ICT Summit set for April, 30th , 2015 at Intercontinental Hotel Lusaka Zambia. Read More
E-PPAN alerts bank customers on fraudstersWith many bank customers that use the electronic payments falling prey to fraudsters, Electronic Payments Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) has warned customers to be wary of how they release the details of their bank accounts to people. Read More
FEATURED STORYThe transformative power of affordable smartphones and unlimited data in Ghana
Smartphones are helping transform their lives of ordinary people in Ghana, Reports Nana Appiah Acquaye.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chief
NIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy.
COMPANY NEWSMicrosoft, IICD launch employability hub in Ghana
Microsoft Ghana, in partnership with the International Institute for Communication and Development, has launched the TizaaWorks online platform, a one-stop online hub for employability and entrepreneurship.