The most ten dangerous smartphone habits
A recent study by an insurance company has revealed the ten most dangerous smartphone habits. Between them, the habits account for the vast majority of lost phones.
One of the most dangerous smartphone habits is failing to protect a phone with a password–the 62% of smart phone users who do not add a password are vulnerable to identity theft if their phone falls into a stranger’s hands.
The second most dangerous habit is using a password save function which gives automatic access to personal and sensitive accounts via smart phones, such as bank accounts. 32% of smartphone users do this, despite the serious risk of a stranger seizing the opportunity to access their accounts easily.
The third worst habits are picking up, sending or storing sensitive personal photos via smartphone, while the fourth is clicking on dubious email. The study confirmed that 4% of smartphone identity theft stem from fraudulent mail messages.
The study added that the fifth habit is to use smart phones to post pictures when vacationing far from home--thieves can use social networks to locate the homes of their owners and empty them at their leisure.
The habit of posting places or pictures without canceling the automatic feature recording where they were taken came in sixth, with multicast applications and using SMS text messaging or phone calls to share sensitive personal information with people whose identity has not been confirmed ranked seventh.
The study found the eighth worse habit to be leaving a phone without a protective cover, which results in a mobile getting damaged faster
Accessing unlocked WiFi networks comes in in ninth place; the study found that 52% of users do that, which makes them easy prey for hackers.
Finally, the study pointed out that the tenth bad habit is buying a smartphone without warranty or an insurance policy.
Reported in Dubai, the Arabian Gate of Technical News.