The most ten dan­ger­ous smart­phone habits

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

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.

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