Kaspersky Lab Survey Shows One in Every Six Consumers Suffer Loss or Theft of Mobile Devices
More than Half of Participants
Store Personal Information and Data on Mobile Devices
Woburn, MA – October 23, 2013 – According to the recent Consumer Security Risks survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, one in every six consumers has experienced loss, theft or damage to a portable
digital device – a laptop, smartphone or tablet - in the last 12 months. In
addition to the physical loss, consumers are also losing the valuable personal
data stored on the devices.
A closer look at the results reveals that 9 percent of the users’ devices
were irreparably damaged, 3 percent of devices were lost and 4 percent were stolen.
The survey also showed the variety of data that is stored on smartphones (not
including iPhones) and tablets (not including iPads), and the percentages of
survey participants that stored the data on their devices:
photos and video: 76 percent of smartphones and 65 percent of tablets
email correspondence: 64 percent of smartphones and 61 percent of tablets
to personal and email accounts: 22 percent of smartphones and 23 percent of
messages: 32 percent of smartphones and 28 percent of tablets
documents: 20 percent of smartphones and 29 percent of tablets
information, specifically passwords to online banking accounts: 10 percent of
both smartphones and tablets
Losing any of type of data from a mobile device can not only be
devastating, but also have serious consequences if it falls into the wrong
hands. Situations, like company confidential information being breached, social
networks accounts being compromised or online banking systems being broken
into, are less than ideal. Fortunately, there is a reliable and convenient way
to dramatically reduce the risk of further crises.
Technologies that help Kaspersky
Internet Security for Android is a solution developed to protect the world’s most popular mobile platform.
In addition to its advanced technologies, which detect and block cyberthreats,
the software also includes a number of anti-theft features. Consumers can remotely block lost or stolen devices, detect the current location of
the devices with GPS and remotely delete all personal information stored, all
through the remotely operated Anti-Theft
Web Management web-based control center. They can also activate the Mugshot feature to secretly use the front-facing camera on the phone to
take a photo of a thief, further helping to identify the unauthorized user or
the phone’s surroundings.
About Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab is the world’s
largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is
ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint
users*. Throughout its more than 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an
innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for
large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company
registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries
and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million
users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating
Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published
in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011
Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors
according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.