Basically everything you can do on a computer, you can also do on a smartphone. Pay bills, book travels, email and chat with friends on social networks. Your entire digital life now fits in your pocket.
But with great technical advances comes new risks.
With many apps and services (often with automatic login) and personal information in your smartphone, losing or getting your phone stolen has become much more hazardous.
A person who has access to your smartphone can cause you great harm. By entering your Facebook account, you and your friends are easily tracked. Secrets in your work and private email can be used against you. In short: Your whole identity is in trouble if the wrong person gets hold of your smartphone.
On a PC it is common sense to have a password, but do people think as highly of security in their smartphones? We made a survey amongst our readers to see how far safety awareness has come on the mobile side.
One in three has never changed their passwords
A pin-code or a pattern lock is a good way to keep unauthorized people out of your smartphone if you lose it. But out of the 6,000 peoples answering our survey, only one out of two say they have enabled a screen lock.
The reason why we created the Change Password Day became painfully clear when we asked how often people change the passwords on their smartphones. It turns out that one of three people change their passwords less than once a year and one in three has never changed their passwords.
Viruses are not (yet) a major threat to smartphones, but a security program is still justified to have. These programs include functions for backup, tracking if your phone gets lost, and the possibility to delete the content remotely. Yet only three out of of ten people claim to use such a program.
This is how the smartphone users answered.
Do you have a screen lock enabled on your smartphone?
Without a screen lock, anyone can get into your mobile phone and get access to important information. Even so, just one in two people say they have enabled any kind of password on their smartphone.
iPhone users have a slightly higher safety philosophy – 57 percent have enabled a screen lock, compared to Android users (51 percent) and Windows Phone users (55 percent).
What type of screen lock do you use?
There are different types of screen-lock with different levels of security.
According to the survey iPhone and Windows Phone users prefer numerical codes. Android users are more into pattern locks.
Regardless of which type you choose, it is safer to have a screen lock, than not having one.
How often do you change your passwords?
Changing passwords on a smartphone does not seem to be a priority among the Swedes. One in three change their passwords less than once a year and one in three has never changed their password. Worst are the iPhone users – 34 percent said they have never changed their passwords.
But iPhone users are not that much worse than the Android users (30 percent) and Windows Phone users (30 percent) in never changing passwords.
Do you have any security software installed?
Seven out of ten people say they do not use a security program. The differences between the operating systems are significant. Almost half (45 percent) of the Android users say they use a security software in their mobile phone, while only ten percent of the iPhone and Windows Phone users have one.
One explanation could be that the iPhone users have access to the security software Find my iPhone which does not require any installation on the phone.
Are you automatically logged in to any services/apps on your smartphone?
Many services and apps allow you to save your password for easy access. It’s nice to avoid signing in every time an app is used - but it can also be a safety hazard if you lose your phone.
Fortunately, only one in ten say they are automatically logged in to one or more services on their mobile phones.
Which of the following services are you automatically logged into on your phone?
Have you ever experienced that someone has entered your email, Facebook or other - on your phone?