Mobile phone owners are reluctant to share data over privacy fears, and a majority wouldn’t even lend their phone to a work colleague, according to research from McAfee. But despite these privacy concerns, many smartphone owners are not employing a range of security measures to safeguard themselves against privacy breaches. A new study from Consumer Reports finds that only 22% of smartphone users have installed an application to locate a missing phone, just 15% have installed antivirus apps, and less than 1 in 10 have an app that can delete the contents of their phone remotely.
Despite the researchers projecting that at least 7.1 million smartphones were irreparably damaged, lost or stolen and never recovered, the majority of smartphone owners surveyed aren’t protecting their data in the event that such a loss occurs. For example, 64% of respondents don’t use a screen lock, and only 8% employ other protective measures beyond a screen lock, such as encryption. Read the rest at MarketingCharts.