Mobile Free Anti Virus from AVG
As part of our ongoing research into consumer safety, we recently carried out our Lost In Transit study; a survey into when, where and how the average person loses a device that could potentially contain vital personal data.
We commissioned research agency Research Now to ask over 5,000 people in 11 countries across the globe a series of questions about which devices they own, which devices they’ve lost and the circumstances surrounding those losses.
The results contained some alarming statistics. While users of laptops (64%) and tablets are likely to password protect their device, a startling 61% of US respondents who had lost a smartphone answered that their lost device was NOT password protected.
As smartphones become more and more part of our day-to-day lives, we store a considerable amount of personal information on them. So nearly two-thirds of US smartphone users were potentially giving thieves access to their email, social profiles, bank details and more.
Smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, laptops are small but relatively expensive items. Beyond the monetary value, the potential for personal data to be stolen is huge, and the effects much worse.
Luckily, AVG can help. Our free AVG Mobilation product offers far more than just virus protection. When you lose a device, AVG Mobilation (hyperlink to AVG Mobilation) can locate it.
If the device has been stolen (90% of stolen devices in the UK are never recovered), AVG Mobilation gives you the ability to flash a message up on the screen offering a return address or reward.
And if all other avenues have been exhausted, AVG Mobilation can lock and wipe the device, protecting all of your personal data and rendering the device