Brits fail to read terms and conditions putting personal data at risk

Nearly two-thirds of UK adults do not read terms and conditions on the mobile apps they download putting personal and private data at risk, new research suggests.

Despite the rise in the use of mobile apps and the time spent on smartphones and tablets – 23 days a year on average, 67 per cent of the people surveyed are unaware of the personal information they could be giving away by not reading terms and conditions on the apps they download.

The study also revealed that over half of mobile users do not think it is their responsibility to protect their own devices, after another recent report showed that one in six Brits have been subjected to cyber-attacks and around 60 per cent of mobiles are vulnerable due to a lack of malware protection.

“It should come as no surprise that cybercriminals are turning their attention to mobile given that the same precautions we take on our PC or in the real world don’t always seem to apply in our mobile lives,” Nick Viney, Intel Security’s VP of Consumer, said.

People said that they failed to read the T&C’s mostly because they lacked the time (41 per cent), they wanted an app regardless of what it was stipulated (20 per cent), and they just trust app stores (20 per cent).

Although being permanently connected is now conventional, people need to take control when it comes to securing their digital and mobile lives, said the report.

The research suggested that Brits needed a clearer sense of how to protect valuable personal information when handling finances, shopping or lifestyle via apps or else they could fall victims to cybercrime.

“To combat this risk, we must take back control and practise basic security measures to ensure we’re not unknowingly handing over our most valuable and personal information to cybercriminals. Safer Internet Day should serve as an annual reminder to take stock of our digital lives, and to make sure we’re practising good cyber hygiene,” said Viney.

The report was commissioned by Intel Security and poll 2,000 people from across the United Kingdom to find out about their mobile security habits.

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