November 08, 2013

Watch out! Someone may be snooping into your smartphone

By Kristin Wallace

Smartphones hold a treasure trove of personal data, and everyone wants to keep that data private. In an independent survey conducted by Lookout, 15 percent of those surveyed say they caught someone in the act of snooping, with a spouse (38 percent), friend (24 percent), child (18 percent), co-worker (11 percent) and other (14 percent) as the culprit.1  However, nearly one in five (19 percent) mobile phone owners admit to looking in someone else's phone without their permission.1

People are most concerned about someone seeing the following information without their permission on their mobile phone:
  • Personally identifiable information (42 percent)
  • Bank and financial information (33 percent)
  • Contacts information (29 percent)
  • Text messages (23 percent)
Tips for Smarter Smartphone Usage
Keep prying eyes away from your smartphone with these helpful tips:
  • 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.

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

1Lookout commissioned Google Consumer Survey, January 2013

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