UK still lazy about mobile security

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Nearly two-thirds of UK adults do not read the terms and conditions when downloading mobile apps, according to new research by Intel Security.

The results, released to mark Safer Internet Day, also saw 67 percent of respondents admitting that they were unaware of what personal information they might be giving away.

41 percent cited a lack of time as the main reason for not reading the small print, while 20 percent said they didn’t care because they wanted the app regardless. Additionally, 20 percent said they trusted app stores.

Meanwhile, 57 percent believed it was not their responsibility to protect their own devices.

"It should come as no surprise that cybercriminals are turning their attention to mobile given that the same precautions we take on our PC or in the real world don’t always seem to apply in our mobile lives," said Intel Security’s VP of Consumer, Nick Viney.

"To combat this risk, we must take back control and practise basic security measures to ensure we’re not unknowingly handing over our most valuable and personal information to cybercriminals. Safer Internet Day should serve as an annual reminder to take stock of our digital lives, and to make sure we’re practising good cyber hygiene," added Viney.

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