Almost one in three individuals share internet-connected devices without taking precautions to protect the data contained therein, a new report claims.
According to a survey carried out by antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with B2B international, 32 per cent of laptop, smartphone and tablet owners fail to think about security before sharing those devices with family members and coworkers.
This is despite device-sharing increasing the risk of malware infection, data loss and account theft, Kaspersky boss Elena Kharchenko said.
She went on to advise that individuals “always keep backup copies of important files” and “delete information that should not fall into the wrong hands” before handing a laptop, smartphone or tablet over to a friend or colleague.
Just 33 per cent of respondents in the survey said they regularly backed-up data that might be endangered by device-sharing, while 22 per cent attempted not to store sensitive information on those devices in the first place.
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