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October 25, 2013

Only 44 percent of People Set a PIN or a Passcode on their Mobile Phone

By Kristin Wallace


Wow! According to a recent national Harris survey, only 44 percent of wireless users set a PIN or passcode on their mobile phone1.  Yet, we all put sensitive information on our phone like banking credentials, photos and contacts information.
 
Lookout and Sprint recently conducted a national Harris survey revealing smartphone consumers’ mobile behaviors, habits and concerns about privacy. The findings show we have a striking attachment to mobile devices and a concern about the exposure of our personal information.
 
Thirty-three percent of people would fear the contents of their mob
ile phone being projected on a big screen. So, while we recognize mobile security is an important issue, we still don’t take the right precautions to protect the information on our device.
 
Tips for Smarter Smartphone Usage
With smartphones being critical to everyday life, there are a few basic steps that Sprint and Lookout recommend:
  • Set a PIN or passcode. It’s the first line of defense to keep private information private if a phone is lost or stolen.
  • Don’t lose it. Tuck away a smartphone in a zipped pocket or bag when walking in public places.
  • Practice safe surfing. Take extra care when browsing websites or clicking on links from a mobile device – the small screen size makes it especially tricky to determine a safe link from a fraudulent one.
  • Be cautious when downloading apps. To minimize the risk of picking up a malicious application, only download from official apps stores, read app reviews, and check the developer reputation before installation.
  • Keep it safe. Download an app like Lookout to help locate a lost phone, or lock & wipe the data if it cannot be recovered.
These insights come on the heels of a partnership between Sprint and Lookout to bring mobile security to more consumers. Lookout is now offered on select Android™-powered Sprint devices, in store and online, making mobile security more accessible than ever. Download the Lookout app for Android-powered smartphones from Google Play or directly from your Sprint Android device.
 
During the next few weeks, we will be revealing more information here about the results of our survey.


Kristin Wallace is a communications manager for the Apps and Services team at Sprint. Based in Atlanta, she primarily manages Sprint’s mobile commerce, mobile security and family service applications. In addition, Kristin can answer questions about Sprint’s pricing strategy. Kristin can be reached at kristin.c.wallace@sprint.com.


1Sprint-Lookout Harris Interactive Survey, August 2013

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