How safe is to keep your smartphones unlocked
In a recent survey conducted by the University of California Berkeley and Google, it was revealed that almost 30 percent of smartphone users have never bothered to keep their devices locked.
Zee Media Bureau
New York: In a recent survey conducted by the University of California Berkeley and Google, it was revealed that almost 30 percent of smartphone users have never bothered to keep their devices locked.
About a third of people with smartphones find locking their phones too much of a hassle and one-fourth of users believe no one would care to see what is on their phone.
The researchers asked smartphone owners detailed questions and the questions related to security locks on their phones.
They found that many failed to see the difference between security and privacy.
Most of them locked their phones so that friends and family did not snoop on their devices.
Many users fail to understand the sensitive information stored in their phones and the consequence if it gets stolen.
People who have already saved their passwords on smartphones through which one can gain access to their mailing accounts, run at great risk as they generally have their home addresses, birth dates, bank account numbers and credit card numbers in their emails which if reaches wrong hands, can exposes them to serious threat.
The survey showed that those who chose not to lock their phones, simply lacked the desire to do so, with the most common explanation being lack of motivation. But were not averse to it.
Though people can decide better if they have something to hide or keep safe, but it's always good to be safe than sorry.
(With Agency Inputs)