Mobile Devices Deserve Better When it Comes to Cybersecurity
Smartphones have almost become extensions of our bodies. Many of us have them in hand or within reach, 24 hours a day. According to survey results published by in April 2021, Americans check their phones 262 times per day—that’s every 5.5 minutes. In February, a Statista survey found that nearly half of all respondents admitted spending five to six hours a day on their phones—and that’s a self-reported total, so the number is probably even higher.
Yet we don’t think about cybersecurity protection for smartphones nearly as much as we do cybersecurity protection for laptops, desktops, networks, and other devices. And that’s on a device we use to stay in touch with family, shop 24/7, and share personal information—along with monitoring our medical records, tracking our finances, and sharing our real-time locations.