Smartphone, Tablet Computer Users Blow Off Security

By Chris Talbot  |  Print this article Print

A global survey of 6,000 consumers commissioned by Juniper Networks found that although there is an awareness of security issues among smartphone and tablet PC users, there’s a huge gap between being concerned about those issues and doing something to protect themselves. When shopping for new mobile devices, a growing number of consumers are taking security features into account, but less than a quarter of consumers are actually taking advantage of those security options. According to Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager Juniper’s Service Layer Technologies Business Group, smartphones and tablets are a new on-ramp to information, applications commerce, but they’re also opening users up to security threats. The good news is users are more security aware than they used to be. The bad news? They’re engaging in risky behaviour on their mobile devices that could make them and their employers vulnerable to attack or identity theft.