ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have security

According to the 2018 Internet Access Survey, from the Opinions and Lifestyle survey conducted by ONS, almost 25% of users in the UK do not know if they have smartphone security installed on there devices.

Despite  78% of the adult population now using a mobile device to access the internet, over a quarter do not have smartphone security. 24% of smartphone users across all age groups do not know whether they had smartphone security software installed. This concerning lack of awareness could leave UK users vulnerable to cyber attacks. 

Talal Rajab, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK said:

“The proportion of smartphone users increases year-on-year, making the devices now the most popular means to access the internet.  Due to their popularity, and the huge amounts of sensitive personal data they store, smartphones are an increasingly attractive target for cyber criminals.

“Therefore, the news that nearly a quarter of smartphone users do not know whether their devices have security installed is troubling.  Government and industry are currently working hard to ensure that internet connected devices, including smartphones, have security built-in by design. But if users are not aware of these security features and do not, for example, install updates to their smartphone’s operating system, then such efforts may be futile. Consumers must also take responsibility for their own devices and seek out the guidance that is available to secure their own valuable data.”

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