We Are Too Careless About Smartphone Security

People seem to be quite concerned about security risks within the Android software. They want to know whether their devices should have antivirus software installed and what stands beyond app permissions. However, security risks are not only software-related and you are more likely to experience old-fashionable theft. We thought people were cautious when it comes to securing their expensive handsets as they were about the software, but a recent survey showed that we couldn’t have been further from the truth.Android users were asked one question: “How do you secure your smartphone?”. Knock code, face unlock and fingerprint scanner were, of course, at the bottom of the list. Although knock code will surely become popular, it is yet too soon to expect it to be widely adopted. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s has introduced fingerprint scanners, but probably most users see them as a gimmick. When it comes to unlock method/code, some Android users change them quite often as a way of protection. Apparently, it’s more useful for online passwords than phone unlock, but it’s better than nothing!Most people, a surprising 38% of them, said they actually do not protect their Android phones at all, even though they know it means that anyone could access their private data easily. In our opinion, this is quite worrying statistics. We live in a world where precious and expensive things are being stolen in any second and handsets seem to be the easiest target. Of course unlock code cannot protect you from the theft, but it can protect your data from being abused. Just imagine that somebody has an easy access to your messages, personal files, videos and pics. What’s worse, some apps, such as Amazon app, give you an option to save payment details in order to make transactions more conveniently and quicker. If someone abuses your personal details for ordering something online, you might lose everything you had on your bank account.

We hope you’ll reconsider your decision not to secure your beloved smartphone. If we aren’t capable enough to keep them out of reach of potential thieves, we can at least be smart enough to put any kind of security lock on them.