Only 37 percent of Americans regularly use or update passwords for mobile devices.
Users have big concerns about Internet security and safety, but we get a little lazy when it comes to actually doing something about protecting our own data, according to recent research from Unisys Corp. A clear majority of Americans would be OK with a government shutdown of the net in the event of a cyberattack, but people are inconsistent at best about taking proactive measures to protect themselves. Most users update antivirus software and restrict access to their social-media personal information, yet few are willing to regularly change their passwords on smart phones. “Consumers’ inattention to securing mobile devices should serve as a wake-up call,” said Mark Cohn, vice president of enterprise security for Unisys. “Enterprises should take steps to ensure that sensitive data protection is enabled by default, and is as simple and convenient as possible.” More than 1,000 Americans took part in the survey, which was conducted by Lieberman Research Group. Below, some key findings; to access the report, go here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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