58% of Latin American users store passwords in their smartphones

touch_id_smartphoneThe use people give to mobile devices has evolved over time: people access their emails, check social media and make transactions using home banking. Actually, 58% of users store passwords for these services in their smartphones, according to a survey carried out by ESET Latin America.

This situation threatens users’ safety because, if they misplace the device, a third party could easily access the sites involving confidential information. As to the services for which people most store passwords in their smartphones, social networks and email are top of the list.

Although home banking (16.3%) and paid service site (22%) passwords are not the most stored, 63.1% of respondents have lost or had their smartphones or tablets stolen, increasing the risk of someone else accessing sensitive information.

The survey also indicated that 68.8% use their personal devices in the office and 40.4% store corporate information in them. This means this kind of confidential information is also vulnerable to the same threats.

ESET Latin America’s Research Team recommends following these tips to increase security in these devices:

  • Passwords should not be stored in apps not specifically designed to manage passwords.
  • Passwords are automatically stored in the device; it is recommended to use a (screen) locking pin.
  • Setup a PIN code to block your SIM card.
  • Keep all apps and firmware updated.

Source: Alta Densidad

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