Microsoft study places UK below 15 of 20 countries surveyed on smartphone safety issues.
A Microsoft global study has ranked the UK among the bottom five of 20 countries survey on their knowledge of smartphone security issues, Mobile News has reported.
According to the report, a paltry 29 per cent of UK smartphone owners use a pin code or alternative security system to protect their device, while only 22 per cent say they would avoid connecting to an open Wi-Fi hotspot.
The findings arrive as part of Microsoft’s global Internet safety study, which took 10,000 participants to task regarding their attitudes to the Internet and the level of security they utilise on their devices.
Respondents in the UK emerged as being less mobile security savvy than 15 of the other nations surveyed, including the US, Canada, Australia and China. Only Germany, Spain, South Korea and Japan were rated as being less aware.
Microsoft chief online security officer Jacqueline Beauchere, commented: “Mobile devices often have just as much, if not more, valuable personal information stored on them as a home computer, making mobile devices equally attractive to data-stealing criminals.
“The latest results demonstrate that no matter where or how people access the Internet, exercising safer online habits is essential. There are steps that people can take and technologies that they can employ to help prevent them from becoming a victim.”