Sophos: Two Thirds Of Mobile Users Neglect Password Protection

Around 67 per cent of mobile phone users fail to password protect their devices, despite the rising security threat, a survey has revealed.

According to a survey conducted by security software maker Sophos, the number of people refraining from keeping their mobile phones password locked remains high, despite the fact that 60 per cent believe that device theft or loss was the biggest security threat.

The survey of 1,075 consumers in the UK, revealed that around 22 per cent have lost a mobile phone while 12 per cent have had their devices stolen.

Sophos said that 57 per cent of the respondents admitted to not having password protection even on their laptops while 18 per cent claimed to be using the same password for everything.

"More and more people are using personal laptops, smartphones and tablets when they’re working remotely. While this helps to improve productivity and innovation in a business, it is essential to address the security and operational issues relating to mobile devices now, rather than getting caught out later," James Lyne, director of technology strategy at Sophos, stated.

"If an employee’s unprotected personal laptop falls into the wrong hands, it can be easy for someone to access, not just personal information, but any work related documents saved on the laptop’s hard drive, or even to use the laptop as a way to gain access to the corporate network," he added.