A worryingly high number of Android devices don’t use lock screen passcodes
While a lousy password can work as an open invitation for the most inept hackers to take an unauthorized gander at your personal and technically confidential information, using no password whatsoever to protect your devices and data is even worse.
You’d think everybody knows that, yet according to Duo Analytics, no less than 1 in 3 Androids snub standard lock screen passcode security. That’s around 33 percent of a pretty large sample surveyed by the Duo Labs team, while only 1 in 20 Apple devices lack this basic measure of sealing one’s apps and especially web browsing info.
Of course, if you’re smart, you can find other ways to block exterior access to various mobile services, but the fact of the matter remains that too many people disregard the simplest method of protecting their phones against data theft.
What’s worse is the report focuses squarely on personal gadgets used to enter business networks, so employers may want to think twice before allowing their employees to BYOD. Particularly with 32 percent of active Androids on version 4.0 or below, which are still susceptible to Stagefright vulnerabilities, thus threatening the security of company systems and servers.
A couple more interesting stats tackle the percentage of corporate network logins made on mobile (roughly 20 percent), and iPhone’s outnumbering of its Google-endorsed rivals by 2 to 1 when it comes to enterprise use.
Also, 1 in 20 Android devices allowed inside company servers are rooted, compared to 1 jailbroken iPhone in 250, and obviously, Samsung rules the Android OEM chart here too, followed at a great distance by LG and Motorola.