Report: if you’re not secured, you should be scared (but really, don’t be)

Halloween approaches. You’re meeting up with friends at the bar, all dressed up for some disorienting fun. So disorienting, you might drop your phone off somewhere strange. If some swiper is so inclined, he or she will have a better-than-half chance of cracking into your phone and compromising your data. Statistically, at least.

Mobile security firm Skycure is out with its Q3 threat survey. We can’t say that surveyors didn’t threaten anyone in order for them to take the survey, because we didn’t ask.

In all seriousness, the first startling factoid hits us all hard: 52 percent of mobile phones lack passcode security. Scarier than that, more devices purposed for enterprise go unsecured than personal-use devices.

The other main “risky user behavior findings,” though, are debatable in their spookiness.


The survey says 26 percent of iPhones and iPads have an older version of iOS, though we can’t blame jailbreakers for wanting extended capabilities and patient people for waiting out the bugs. A third of Android users hold a phone with an “out-of-date” software version (which Skycure rightly points out as a major opening for prominent attacks through the Stagefright exposure and others).

3.2 percent of personal Android smartphones are rooted, compared to 0.6 percent of iOS machines being jailbroken. The disclaimer we applied to jailbreaking on iOS also applies to rooting on Android, here.

Other numbers in brief:

  • An organization, on average, may see 22 percent of its mobile devices hit with a network attack in the first month of security monitoring. Beyond four months, the proportion grows to half.
  • 2.8 percent of Android devices have malicious apps installed
  • 33 percent of enterprise Android devices and 21 percent of personal Android devices enable third-party app installation
  • In general, Skycure puts the total “high risk” device population at just under 2 percent. 39 percent are at “medium risk,” while 59 percent sit at “low” or “minimal risk.”

Skycure took the time to offer six of the “Top 5 tips to ensure your phones don’t get attacked next,” too, which you can view at the source link.

Source: Skycure
Via: The Register

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.