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Smartphone owners cannot be bothered to lock their devices

New research from UC Berkeley researchers find some smartphone owners don't believe they have content worth stealing, and others just don't lock phones
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 5:26 pm

Researchers from Google and the University of California, Berkeley discovered almost one quarter of smartphone owners believe they don't have anything on their phones worth protecting - and some others simply cannot be bothered to lock/unlock their smartphones.




However, 70 percent of survey respondents said they locked their smartphones shortly after purchase, but more alarming, some phone owners are oblivious to how much personal data their phones contain.


"While many of the interview participants who did not lock their devices had fewer applications installed, and therefore potentially less sensitive information, every participant's smartphone still had access to email, which did not require additional authentication," according to researchers. "Thus, it is possible that these email accounts might be a fruitful target for an attacker."


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