About one-third (32 percent) of respondents in Southeast Asia (SEA) who share an Internet-enabled device with someone else do not take any precautions to protect their information, according to a survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.
They see no risks associated with sharing these devices although it can significantly increase the chances of data stored on the device being lost or stolen. In fact, the more people use a device, the greater the probability of one of them making a mistake and falling for a cybercriminal trick.
The survey also revealed that one in three respondents tend to share their devices. Specifically, 28 percent of them share it with other adults in their household, while five percent of them give it to their children, and another percent often allow colleagues and other acquaintances to use their devices. Since these devices are most often used to access the Internet, this means that they are most likely to hold valuable data, such as account logins and passwords.
In a media statement, Kaspersky warns that leaving a shared device unprotected is extremely dangerous. It added that letting an inexperienced user use our device is risky as they may fall for a scammers' bait or unknowingly download a malicious file.
It is worrying to note that only about one-third of respondents bother to take security precautions such as making backup copies of important data before giving their device to somebody else (33 percent), and applying passwords to protect their data (32 percent). Another 22 percent try not to even store any important information on such devices.
"Sharing a computer or smartphone increases the risk of malware infection, data loss or account theft, so it is important to take precautions," said Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product Management, Kaspersky Lab.
"Always keep backup copies of important files; delete information that should not fall into the wrong hands, especially by disabling form autofill; try to control user access rights on the device and - most importantly - use programs that provide protection against cyberthreats," she added.
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