Information Security Buzz: 75 Million People Estimated Do Not Have Smartphone Passwords Set

October 19, 2016 — 75 Million People Estimated Do Not Have Smartphone Passwords Set

Robert Capps, VP of Business Development at NuData, comments on the report that tens of millions of people don’t have passcodes set on their smartphones.


According to a new report, tens of millions of people don’t have passcodes set on their Smartphones. The TransUnion® survey polled 1,263 consumers ages 18 and older about their experiences with and perceptions of cyber threats in anticipation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Despite increasing fear, nearly half of respondents don’t take common protective measures, such as locking their phone with a password (45 percent) and changing their passwords frequently (51 percent). Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security commented below.

Robert Capps, VP of Business Development at NuData Security:

Robert Capps“The survey brings out some fascinating data, particularly that “despite the increasing fear, nearly 50 percent of the participants admit that they don’t take actions such as setting a password on their cell phones”, echoing the reality that, when it comes to mobile, convenience is king. Users do not want to have any friction between them and their device. Therefore, instead of continuing to be surprised by results like this, we should look for ways to meet the need for security in ways that don’t inject more friction.

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