ENP Newswire -
Release date- 06012014 - A startling proportion of Europeans still believe their systems are completely safe to use without any security software, with many convinced their smartphones and Macs don't need any protection,
Despite Android being far and away the most targeted mobile operating system, Europeans are still flouting protection. A
Users need to be aware that it's not just their photos and text messages that will be compromised if invasive malware lands on their Android device. Their banking details and their employer's data could be put at risk: nine per cent of European users store their online banking passwords on their smartphone, whilst 30 per cent of have work email on their devices.
Tablet owners have also shown bad practice with encryption on their devices too. A shocking 40 per cent of Europeans had not encrypted information on their iPads. In
European users still have some strange ideas about Mac security too. A whopping 43 per cent of Europeans believe MacBooks are safe to use without any kind of security software. Yet
As ever, many have been guilty of some sloppy password practices in 2013. A fifth of iPhone users in
'It's amazing that after a year of high-profile news security stories, with the Edward Snowden revelations about mass government surveillance and hacking top of the list, people are still not taking a few extra steps to protect their devices. There is no need to place your data at risk when it's cheap and easy to protect your devices, says
'Encryption might sound hard, but it's not. Off the shelf products can do it all for you. The same goes for anti-malware, backup services and password managers. 2014 will be another year of big security stories, of massive malware outbreaks, so make sure you're not one of those affected, by investing some time protecting your devices, whatever they are.'
As we follow on from a year full of big security news,
1.Use a password manager. These are cheap and easy things, that manage all your logins from the cloud. They can also generate passwords for extra randomness and ensure you aren't using the same logins for different services.
2.Protect every device. Whether it's Android, iOS, Mac OS, Windows or whatever, every machine needs its data protected. Forget the myths and get security on all those machines you use.
3.Be careful who and what you trust. Not everyone on the Internet is your friend. Whether on social networks like
4.Get encrypting. There are many encryption services out there, which will wrap protection around your information, meaning that if your device is lost or stolen, outsiders won't be able to see the data.
5.Use Wi-Fi smartly. Three out of four smartphone users regularly use public Wi-Fi, yet 30 per cent do so without taking additional security measures. Using public Wi-Fi can expose you to various man-in-the-middle attacks, and allow your mobile data to be stolen. If you have to use it, don't access any critical information, as it could be sniffed by malicious actors.
6.Back up your stuff. The average British smartphone contains
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