March 7, 2011

Smartphone Users Clueless of Malware Risks

Smartphone Users Clueless of Malware Risks

PCWorld, By John Dunn

Smartphone owners are only dimly aware that their expensive devices could be targeted by emerging types of mobile malware, a Europewide survey has found.

The survey by security company Kaspersky asked 1,600 smartphone owners in the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain found that only 27 percent were "highly concerned" by the risks, with the rest either unconcerned or unaware of any danger. (See also Keep Malware Off Your Android Phone: 5 Quick Tips.")

This was despite the fact that a third stored sensitive data such as PIN numbers, passwords and user names on their phones with about the same percentage using it for online bank access. Few users bother to set a password for smartphone access.

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