One in six Brits admit to storing their passwords on their mobile phone

A study conducted by Opinium on behalf of Virgin Media revealed a staggering one in six Brits admit to storing their passwords on their mobile phone.

 

Of these, 43% save passwords in the Notes app, 28% save them as the names of the organisation in their contacts list and 26% save them under celebrity names. Furthermore, 43% do not use a numerical passcode to secure access to their phones, while 11% admit that they have never changed any of their online passwords.

 

Even more worryingly, only a third of consumers have installed anti-virus software on their mobile phone despite 94% appreciating the importance of data security.

 

Although almost 24 million Britons use their mobile to shop, and nearly 23 million use internet banking services, only 34% have protected their phone with software. Even among those who consider themselves to take data security seriously, 7% have used public WiFi to send bank details.

 

One-fifth of Britons (17%) do not think that anyone will ever steal information from their phone, while almost one in three (29%) believe that security applications are not necessary on mobile phones.

 

Read more about this research here