Juniper study: 80% of smartphones still unprotected from malware, attacks

Juniper study: 80% of smartphones still unprotected from malware, attacks

Summary: Smartphones (and tablets) are just open hotspots for trouble waiting to happen if their owners don't take precautions immediately.


We all take risks for granted sometimes, but one place that nearly everyone seems to be doing that a little too lightly is on smartphones.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, more than 80 percent of smartphones (both for business and personal use) are unprotected from malware and other possible malicious attacks. Analysts expect that figure to hold true for at least the rest of 2013.

On the one hand, such an alarming figure might seem strange given how serious most people now take antivirus precautions and security on PCs.

But even that mentality took years to go mainstream, and it's still an ongoing process drumming that into people's minds in both the workplace and at home.

Analysts acknowledged in the report that a severe lack of awareness among consumers, in particular, is a major attributing factor as to why there is such a low level of mobile security software adoption.

Furthermore, analysts found that there is a "a widespread consumer perception that the price of security products is excessive," which might explain (at least partially) why people are more willing to shell out a few bucks for Angry Birds and not give a second thought about a mobile security app.

Essentially, the lesson to be learned from Juniper's latest report is that smartphones (and tablets) are just open hotspots for trouble waiting to happen if their owners don't take precautions immediately.

The full report, entitled Mobile Security: BYOD, mCommerce, Consumer & Enterprise 2013-2018, is available for purchase.

Topics: Security, Legal, Malware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Who funded the report?

    There are a number of unasked questions here.

    Who funded the report?

    Are mobile security apps actually effective in any way?
  • It is because they are not running windows

    That is the reason
    • Include iPhones?

      I hope the number doesn't include iPhones, since there really isn't any malware software for ios.
      • my brainwashed dear

        my brainwashed dear, search the facts:

        "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android".
        "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones"
        “40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission"
  • what a cheap shill

    a well-designed system does not want or need add-on AV software. I suppose this kind of owned ignorance is expected from someone who writes "how serious most people now take antivirus precautions". adverb much?
    • You are talking in classroom textbook theories, not realitites.

      There is NO such thing as a safe computer. There is no such thing as a well designed system that will not have bugs, unexpected exceptions or whatever.

      You might as well say that a well designed system doens't need backup either, because of the quality of design.

      It is self deceptive nonsense and you completely reinforce the point Juniper makes about people not taking security serious. Well, until after the fact, but by then it is too late.
      • Let's talk reality ...

        99% of consumers who stick to approved app sources have no need for AV software.

        The reason public perception of the "problem" is so low is that those of us in the west have never seen the "problem".
        • problems in playstore are rampant

          on idevices they can get infected from browsers. anything done in browser is a risk. some so called anti virus apps in playstore are in fact viruses themselves. stick to known sources like sophos or avg
  • Where's The Real Danger?

    Smartphones are unprotected? From whom? Given the revelations of NSA intrusions into privacy and via backdoors into the various software firms, one might almost suspect that loading a "security product" of any kind would no doubt infect your machines.

    Besides, the track record of many A-V and anti-malware providers is nt all that good, when you examine things closely. If they were truly doing their job to eradicate sources of bad software, they would have worked themselves out of business by now.

    Which business in its' right mind is going to become so effective that its' no longer needed?

    Especially when it is required by force of arms to follow government dictates?
  • not android.

    There is no malware for android you can get just by using your phone. You get Android malware by side loading apps you shouldn't trust from the net and then ignoring the warnings that a solitair app wants to be able to send sms messages.

    So basically the best malware deterrent for android is education.. don't just install apps that are untrusted, and in fact if you use the phone for banking and stuff.. I have Sophos on my phone and the only thing it's done so far is tell me that 'Where's my droid" is malware. (it's not.)