Following last week’s Twitch data leaks on 4chan, a new study reveals that as many as 26 million people in the UK (assessed as 49 percent of residents over the age of 16) indicate that they either do not know whether their smartphone has security software installed, or they actually have no security software available at all.
These data come from app development company Bacancy Technology, which has analysed statistics drawn from the UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). Bacancy has discovered that, despite the variety of security apps readily available on both the Apple and Android stores, around 26 million people may be at risk.
The data shows that one in three British subjects (32 percent) are unaware of whether their smartphones have security software installed. Furthermore, almost one in five (17 percent, which equates to nine million adults) reported not having security software of any kind.
When people were asked ‘do you have security software installed on your smartphone?’, the data, categorized by age, showed:
|Automatically installed/provided with operating system||40||39||46||36||44||37||38|
|Do not have smartphone security||17||27||18||19||15||9||11|
Interestingly, in terms of demographics, the data pattern is relatively even.
Further data shows that while half of British adults may be at risk when it comes to the security of their mobile devices, most of the population are aware of the steps they can take to avoid having their personal data, online activities and location tracked – though many are still leaving themselves open to potentially harmful activity.
This is borne out by three quarters (75 percent) of the population of British adults being aware of the purpose of cookies, but just one third (32 percent) have changed their browser settings to prevent or limit them. Furthermore, only half of the population express concerns over giving their location to a site or app, and a lesser 45 percent of adults report checking the security of a website they had given personal data to.
Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for Bacancy Technology told Digital Journal: “Recent events in the news have highlighted the importance of maintaining security over our personal data and finances. Even so, it seems that while the British public are aware of the potential dangers of online activities, many are failing to take steps to adequately protect themselves and their loved ones. Digital security is of the utmost importance, and everyone with a smart device should take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.”