- Thirteen percent of smartphone users said location data had been unknowingly embedded on their handset enabling others to track their location. Only 21 percent of respondents were aware this could happen.
- Six percent of respondents said that mobile applications had transmitted confidential payment information such as credit card details without the users' knowledge or consent. Only 11 percent of respondents were aware this was possible.
- Eight percent of smartphone users said their handset had been infected by malware called "diallerware" that enables criminals to make use of premium services or phone numbers resulting in unexpected monthly charges. Only 10 percent of respondents were aware of this risk.
„AVG and Ponemon Institute found that an alarmingly low percentage of smartphone users are aware of the security threats that exist today on many of the world's most popular devices including Android handsets and the iPhone," said J.R. Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies. „A clear opportunity exists to better educate consumers on the steps they can take to minimize their risk and exposure, such as downloading low cost and even free anti-virus products specifically geared to protect their mobile lifestyle and investment."
„Our research suggests that smartphone users lack the awareness and knowledge to protect themselves from a rash of security vulnerabilities," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute.
More than seven million Android users have installed AVG's free mobile security solution, ANTIVIRUSFree, on their handsets to date. According to AVG, more than 50 thousand people are now downloading the world's most popular Android anti-virus solution daily. Additionally, the company believes that this number will continue to grow as more consumers are made aware of mobile security risks and the simple steps that can be taken to prevent attacks from occurring.
AVG ANTIVIRUS Free enables users to scan, identify and remove viruses, check apps for malware before downloading from app stores and check website content, emails and SMS before downloading data or content. If a device protected with ANTIVIRUSFree is lost or stolen, it can be locked and wiped to protect valuable data, and located quickly using GPS functionality.
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