Only 44 percent of people set a PIN or a passcode on their mobile phone
The findings show wireless users have a striking attachment to mobile devices and a concern about the exposure of their personal information. Sixty-three percent of people surveyed check their smartphone at least once an hour (9 percent check every five minutes), and 33 percent of people would fear the contents of their mobile phone being projected on a big screen. While consumers recognize mobile security is an important issue, people still donít take the right precautions; only 44 percent of people surveyed set a PIN or a passcode on their phone.
Attachments to Mobile Phones
The majority of Americans surveyed with smartphones said they typically donít go an hour without checking their phones. Unsurprisingly, the amount of time between phone-checks goes down among the youngest age groups and increased markedly as age goes up.
Concern about access to personal data
Smartphones hold a treasure trove of personal data, and people want to keep that data private. In another independent survey, 15 percent of those surveyed say theyíve caught someone in the act of snooping, with a spouse (38 percent), friend (24 percent), child (18 percent), co-worker (11 percent), other (14 percent) as the culprit.2 However, nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) mobile phone owners admit to looking in someone else's phone without their permission1.
People are most concerned about someone seeing the following information without their permission on their mobile phone: