Smartphones and tablet devices are basically personal computers that fit in our pockets. With recent advances in technology, companies have been able to pack these devices with all the power and functionality of the computer on the consumer’s desk. Unfortunately, with functionality comes vulnerabilities, and mobile devices have become targets of the same malware and spyware that plague computers.
However, mobile devices pose additional privacy issues that a person will not encounter when using a desk computer. Mobile devices are always-on and always-on-us. They may store different types of user information that would not be found on a desk computer, such as telephone call logs, text messages, and, even a history of our location.
A Growing Trend
According to California’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the percentage of the population that use mobile devices to search the internet is growing. Here are some of the numbers:
- 85% of U.S. adults have a cell phone
- 45% of U.S. adults have a smartphone
- 61% of U.S. adults have a laptop computer
- 25% of U.S. adults have a tablet computer
- 18% of U.S. adults have an e-book reader
However, maybe the most important of all the statistics that the OAG released was the fact that currently over half of all adult cell phone users now use their phone to surf the Web. This rate is now double what it was in 2009. And close to one-third of cell phone owners claim their phone to be their primary, or only, means of accessing the Internet.
It’s safe to assume that anything you do on your smartphone and any information you store is at risk of being snooped on if you don’t take proper precautions.
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- Smartphone Privacy: How To File A Complaint