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BizReport : : October 25, 2013

Americans obsessively check smartphones blissfully unaware of privacy issues

Americans are obsessed with checking their smartphones, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security company Lookout and Sprint, but they are worryingly unaware of their risky mobile behavior.

by Helen Leggatt

According to the survey in the U.S. among 1,000 adults, Americans just can't go long without checking their smartphone and 63% become upset if they leave home without it. Almost two-thirds (63%) check their smartphone at least once an hour. Some are far more obsessed than others - 9% check their mobile device every five minutes.

Perhaps the most annoying behavior is among those who check their mobile while engaging with others, something which 97% said they do.

However, America's smartphone obsession doesn't appear to extend to being wary of their mobile privacy. For instance, over a quarter (26%) of respondents to the survey said they are not aware of the risks associated with clicking on unfamiliar links.

Furthermore, many store sensitive and private content on their smartphone - content that 33% would be in 'fear' if it were to be projected on a big screen. And, to make it that little bit easier for crooks, 18% store their private password information on their device.

Specifically, 42% are most concerned about someone gaining access to personally identifiable information via their smartphone, 33% worry that their bank and financial information could be found and 23% are concerned that someone could read their text messages.

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Tags: America, consumer survey, mobile, mobile behavior, privacy, smartphone

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