European business people take most risks with mobile security

European business people are more prone to malware attacks through their smartphones than children and millennials.

The Allot MobileTrends Report from Allot and Kaspersky analysed mobile data records from a sample of 500,000 European smartphone users during a week's time to find out which end users pose greater threats to mobile network security. The study included Android, iOS and Windows Phone operating systems. A risk score was assigned to the most popular 500 URLs and 500 apps, categorising each as either safe or risky.

Business users were discovered to have the riskiest online behaviours, with 79 percent of men and 67 percent of women using risky apps at least once a day. When it comes to children and millennials, 65 percent use potentially risky apps each day.

A user's online behaviour as well and the App or URL itself affects potential malware risk. The study also noted that while mobile App downloads are usually protected, ongoing use is not which makes users vulnerable to malware threats.

One in every 30 mobile URL interactions and one in every seven mobile app interactions are risky—proving that every mobile user is at risk from malware.

Yaniv Sulkes, AVP of marketing at Allot Communications commented, “Our MobileTrends findings clearly show that safeguarding users at the network level would be the most effective method for protecting against multiple types of mobile threats, as the security measures can provide a protective umbrella for all online activity. Moreover, mobile operators are perfectly positioned to provide protection to consumers and businesses.” 

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