32% careless about sharing devices: Kaspersky

32% careless about sharing devices: Kaspersky
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32% Careless About Sharing Devices: Kaspersky. Today, the owner of a computer, phoneortabletisoftennottheonlypersonwho uses that device to access the Internet– onerespondentinthreereportedsharing devices.

According to a survey carried out jointly by B2B International and KasperskyLab, 32% ofrespondentswhosharean Internet-enableddevicewiththeirrelatives, colleaguesorfriendsdo not take any precautions to protect their information. They see no risks associated with sharing these devices even though it can significantly increase the chances of datastored on the device being lost or stolen. In fact,themorepeople use a device, the greater the probability of one of them making a mistake and falling for a cybercriminal trick.

Today, the owner of a computer, phoneortabletisoftennottheonlypersonwho uses that device to access the Internet– onerespondentinthreereportedsharing devices.28% ofrespondentssharedeviceswithother adults in theirhousehold, 5% give them to their children, while 1%even allow colleagues and other acquaintances to use their devices. Notethatthisapplies to thedevices which are most often used to access the Internet, which means they are most likely to hold valuable data, such as account logins and passwords.

Leavingashareddeviceunprotectedisextremelydangerous – nobody canbe entirelysurethatotherusers aresufficientlyawareofcyberthreats:an inexperienced user may fall for a scammers’ bait or download a malicious executable file.Atthesametime, 32% ofthoserespondentswhosharetheircomputers, phonesandtabletswithothersdo not take any security measures, because they ‘do not see any risks’. Only33%

ofusersmakebackupcopiesofimportantdatabeforegivingadevicetosomebodyelse,32% password-protect their data and 22% try not to store any important information on such devices.

“Sharingacomputerorsmartphoneincreasestheriskofmalwareinfection, datalossoraccounttheft, soitisimportanttotakeprecautions:


alwayskeepbackupcopiesofimportantfiles; deleteinformationthatshouldnotfallintothewronghands, especially bydisablingformautofill; try to control user access rights on the device and – most importantly – use programs that provide protection against cyberthreats,” suggestedElenaKharchenko, HeadofConsumerProductManagement, KasperskyLab.

KasperskyLaboffersseveralsolutionsdesignedtoprovideInternetsecurityondifferentdevices, e.g.Kaspersky Internet Security — Multi-DeviceandKaspersky Total Security — Multi-Device. They can safeguard even inexperienced users from visiting potentially dangerous sites, downloading malicious software and many other threats.

Boththeseproductssupport multiple platforms – their components can be used to protect computers running WindowsandOSX, as well as Android devices. The solutions also include programs for safe web surfing underWindowsPhoneandiOS.

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