Do you password protect your phone?

News Stacy Warden 08:47, Feb 28 2013

New security report shows more than 30 percent of mobile phone owners don't bother with password protection

It should go without saying that password protecting your mobile phone is perhaps the single most important thing you should first do to it. However, it turns out it's still one worth mentioning, as a new report from McAfee reveals that 36 percent of mobile phone owners don't bother with passwords or PIN numbers at all. 

From McAfee's blog:

"According to a recent global survey by McAfee and One Poll, consumers seem largely unconcerned about keeping data on their mobile devices safe. For example, only one in five respondents have backed up the data on their smartphone and tablet, and more than one in ten (15%) save password information on their phone. This means that if their phone falls into the wrong hands, they risk opening up all sorts of personal information such as bank details and online logins to whoever finds the device."

So, let's get something straight here. Some of the same people who store sensitive password information on their mobile devices can't be bothered enough to create a simple password for their actual devices? On top of that, the report points out that several folks with password-protected phones have willingly forked over the code to friends and/or family members. While putting your trust in people is wonderful and all, you should strongly consider who you're sharing such vital information with. 

"Setting up a password or PIN is no guarantee that data will stay safe, and over half (55%) of all respondents admitted that they have shared these details with others, including their kids," the report notes. It's true that your own children are probably not out to get you, but they certainly have the potential to rack up a hefty bill with your password in tow.

In light of the news, McAfee offers up a few tips to help keep your phone safe including, of course, password protecting it. The company warns against using obvious PIN numbers like "1234," and to proceed with caution before freely giving out your private information. 


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