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September 28, 2015

Nearly Six Percent of Mobile Users Visit Risky Site Every Day

When it comes to mobile device security, an awful lot of users seem to think that they don’t need to practice the same kind of safe actions that they do when they are using PCs. This is according to Allot Communications, a global leader in intelligent broadband solutions, which recently released a report detailing the actions and behavior of mobile users.

Allot reported that mobile users have an average of 72 daily online transactions using their mobile devices. Of those interactions and transactions, the report found that as many as six percent of all mobile devices users are visiting risky websites on a daily basis. These websites are known or suspected to be places where malware can be found.

One of the most interesting findings of the report is that, on average, men were 7.5 times more likely than women to go on these sites. The number is even more troubling when comparing millennials to baby boomers. The younger generation visit these risky sites are known to go to these sites as much as 21 times as often.

The report also found that mobile hotspots are less than 100 percent safer than their secure counterparts. These locations are usually offered up as a convenience, but criminals can easily take advantage of these open networks.

Allot’s report shows that business users are especially likely to use these hotspots, with a total of 69 percent more than the typical user profile. This group too, breaks down by age: millennials are 45 percent more likely to log onto a hotspot than baby boomers. The bottom line is that people still need to take their mobile device security seriously, or they risk a much higher chance of losing their personal data. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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