Why we protect our homes and not our mobile phones?
Among the many features consumers look for in a new smart phone is security, because people want a way to protect their digital assets stored on their mobile. Consumers’ readiness to protect themselves is confirmed in a new consumer survey on mobile security, which reveals that most users (76%) employ using basic device security settings to protect their mobile. For the majority of users this means setting phone access passwords, or lock-screen codes. But would these really protect against mobile malware or ransomware? Not really. So how come only 11% of the survey respondents purchased a security app to protect their mobile?
In the physical world, all of us know that if we lock our home front door, a burglar may still find a way to break in through an open window, and we therefore secure every possible entry using solutions such as an alarm system. Surprisingly, in the digital world people have a completely different approach to security; they consider device security settings to be complete security measures. But if think of your mobile as your home, then locking the screen is just like locking the front door, thinking no one will dare enter it from an open window. And there are more than enough device vulnerabilities that can serve as an open window for a cybercriminal wishing to remotely infect the device or take control over it.
In the digital world, many of us are aware of the malware threat, but some maintain the misconception that: “It can’t happen to me”, “I avoid accessing dangerous sites or downloading unknown apps”, “I always use apps which encrypt the data,” and so on. Other people prefer to shut their eyes altogether to the danger in favor of a digital experience. One thing is for sure: when it comes to mobile devices, our approach to security leaves most of us with inadequate protection against the pervasive mobile threats.