The mobile phone has become an indispensable complement to the life of any person. Today it is even unthinkable to imagine a world where this technology did not exist. But… do we really make a good use of our phones? Apparently, we are much more exposed to the dangers of what we believe, as we have revealed through a study of an English insurance company called Protect Your Bubble.
This study shows the ten most dangerous things users do on their mobiles. Some are obvious, others even seem crazy… but the truth is that, having more and some less, everyone has done any of the recklessness that below sometime.
1. Not protect the phone with a pattern or password. The 62% of users do not use any security measures to protect the contents of your mobile. Given that we can save critical data on mobile (working notes, emails, etc.), in some cases it really is a good idea to bring all that content in the open?
2. Remember passwords for access to bank accounts. Yes, it is true that many banking sites incorporate safety systems that prevent possible remember the password entered. But it is also true that other pages as bank purses or even purchase forms may offer the possibility to remember the card details or bank account, and that’s a real danger if the mobile reaches the wrong hands. According to this study, 32% of users store their data on mobile banking.
3. Store and send pictures themselves in unconventional positions. Every so famous scandal comes to those who have hunted in a very intimate photo that circulated social networks. Or even celebrities who lost their mobile content with all this inside. But this danger not only affects the studies, since according to this study, 20% of teens share photos with other users too personal (and 17% of recipients of these photos are shared with another person).
4. Click on the links in suspicious emails. Every day they send fraudulent e 156 million, so we must be very careful when clicking on the attached link in an email that we generate some suspicion. As a basic rule, always remember that we never receive an official email in which we ask our password unless the have recently changed. Moreover, in case of doubt the best thing is to contact the company in question and ask if they really should have received an email from you.
5. Post photos while on vacation. The friends of the alien is not go to the beach, or at least don’t do it at the same time as their victims. The 75 per cent of those accused of a theft believes that now is one of the most popular techniques to enter to steal in a home with the assurance that there will be no one inside is to wait for any member of that family publish their photos while on vacation.
6. Upload photos to social networks with geolocation enabled. Every day up 500 million photos to social networks, and many of them are accompanied by the exact location where you took the snapshot. We must make sure to turn off geolocation on our mobile if we do not want anyone to know the exact place where we are in each moment we make a photograph.
7. Falling in telephone scams. It is not popular everywhere actually, but in the United States 27% of identity thefts corresponds to calls in which a person pretends to be an employee of a bank or some similar service. This scam takes other forms such as calls in which a magazine asking us to confirm our bank details to follow subscribed to it, and if we do we will face a fine. Neither the first nor the second is true, it is a scam pure and simple.
8. Connect to public WiFi networks. Simply connect to a network WiFi open to everyone should not pose any danger, but in no case can occur we use these networks to access personal bank accounts, social networks and emails. You never know if someone else is connected to that same network with the sole intention of stealing the data passing through it.
9. No case for mobile use. This council is more oriented to the very integrity of the mobile. Even so, it is recommended that you use a holster to protect our phone from the bumps and drops that may suffer in the day to day.
10. No insurance for mobile. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, this study was carried out by an insurance company for mobile, so obviously this is a rather Advertising Council. Still, it is well to recall that today anyone can buy insurance for your mobile so forget about all the problems associated with a broken screen or broken out of warranty phone.