Users from Poland are afraid of the theft of data and mobile viruses

Electronic devices most often used by Poles are, in turn, a smartphone (100%), a laptop (77%), a desktop computer (50%), a tablet (48%), a game console (21%) and an e-book reader (15%) - it follows from the study "Internet Protection", which was carried out by the Smartscope research company on a sample of 465 adult Poles commissioned by F-Secure.

65% of respondents pay for online transactions using a phone or tablet and as much as 23% give a payment card number when shopping. At the same time, only 32% of users of mobile devices use software that protects against cyber threats on a daily basis.

A relatively large percentage of users forget that attacks are exposed not only to computers, but to all devices that connect to the Internet. As many as 40% of smartphone owners do not feel the need or did not think about using an antivirus program on a mobile phone, which means that they are not fully aware of cyber threats - says Karolina Małagocka, a privacy expert at F-Secure.

The most popular Android mobile system, which is used by the vast majority of smartphone and tablet users, is at the same time the most vulnerable. The F-Secure report on the security status of cyberspace 2017 shows that obsolete versions of Android expose its users to attack. For example, in December 2016, only 1% of users used the latest version of Android 7 Nougat.

Cyberthreats on smartphones

According to data from the Honeypot company's own network belonging to F-Secure, during the six months between October 2016 and March 2017, almost 8 million attempts to attack devices in Poland were identified. The respondents themselves admit that over the past year 36% of them had to deal (in person or among family or friends) with some form of cyber-threat on their smartphone. Most often, this involved the infection of the phone with a virus (19%) and hacking an account on a social network (16%) or an email account (6%). 5% were infecting the phone with spyware and breaking into a bank account.

Dangerous mobile payments

Online shopping has been commonplace for a long time, and payment with a smartphone is the most convenient form due to the fact that the phone accompanies us all the time. Many users, however, seem to downplay security issues - every third respondent thinks that he is not afraid to use banking on his smartphone or tablet, and every fourth claims that the bank's application is sufficient protection.

Holders of mobile devices often assume that a dedicated application is sufficiently protected against hacker attacks, and an antivirus program is necessary, but only on the computer. In the meantime, it is enough to log in to the public WiFi network prepared by the cybercriminal in the shopping center and our bank login details can easily be intercepted - Małagocka explains.

What do users fear?

Respondents are most concerned about data theft (27%) and infection by viruses (19%). From the list of the most real threats, the most often indicated are the theft or loss of a telephone and the interception of information about the websites visited.

Among the respondents, there is a noticeable desire to take care of security issues. The survey shows that the majority of Poles (66%) using smartphones and tablets would like to better protect their data when connecting to the Internet, and 64% of respondents say that it is worth installing additional security software if we use online banking.

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