Sean Rodwell FCCA MAAT
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In October 2016 it was announced that for the first time mobile devices were used more than traditional computers for web browsing. Two years down the line, quite unsurprisingly, findings from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that mobile phones remain the most popular devices used to access the internet. Among the surveyed adults, 78% used mobile phones to access the internet.
The same survey by the ONS reveals a slightly more worrying statistic however. Of the smartphone users mentioned above, 26% did not have any smartphone security installed and in addition, 24% weren’t even aware if they had such security installed.
These two statistics combined, therefore, lead to a growing population of people at risk of cyber-crime through their mobile devices. For fraudsters this will be viewed as a growing number of opportunities, so it’s no surprise that mobile malware is one of the fastest growing types of malware.
Mobile technology allows us to do our shopping using our phones, send emails, check our bank accounts and even manage our charity’s finances using latest cloud based software. So if your mobile device isn’t secure then fraudsters could be getting all of your information from these activities too.
Never fear though, there are some simple steps to making your mobile more secure.
By taking these steps you reduce the opportunities fraudsters have to access your data or install malware on your device and therefore reduce the risk of potentially damaging attacks to your charity. The threat to mobile devices maybe isn’t as obvious as desktop devices, but it is no less real.
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