40% of smartphone users store secret data
17 million French people use a smartphone. Thanks to it, they browse the Internet, share on social networks, use applications, use geolocation, send SMS and… make phone calls!
What personal data do they store (photos, contacts, bank details, secret codes, medical information)? Are they aware of the sensitivity of this data? How do they protect them?
The CNIL asked Médiamétrie to study these new uses, particularly among 15-17 year olds. Back in detail on the main conclusions of this first survey presented this morning.
According to the study, each age group has its favorite activity. Thus, for 15-17 year olds, it is about “connecting with their network and leisure activities” (30%), while for 25-49 year olds it is “multitasking” use (30 %). Finally, those aged 50 and over mainly use their smartphone as a means of “communication” (35%).
The CNIL also points the finger the exemplary behavior of 15-17 year olds. Indeed, this age group would be the most reasonable and prudent in terms of personal data protection. Thus, for example, 82% of 15-17 year olds believe “Embarrassing torecord its secret codes “, compared to 76% on average, and 37% use a specific lock code, compared to 31% on average.
With regard to the retention of personal data, the study reveals a series of paradoxical figures. Thus, 65% of smartphone owners believe that their personal data is not well protected. But, 30% say they have no active protection code. Finally, 64% do not see the point or think that it is not possible to install an antivirus on their smartphone.
These figures are worrying when we know that 89% of respondents keep contact data or contact details, 86% multimedia data and 40% secret data, including bank details, secret codes or access to data entrances. buildings or medical information.
On the strength of these data, the commission set out to provide a battery of recommendations to the general public in order to optimize the protection of personal data. Among them :
- Avoid recording confidential information given the risk of theft, hacking and identity theft.
- Change the initial PIN code by replacing it with a complex code.
- Set up an automatic phone lock delay.
- Install an anti-virus when possible.
- Disable your GPS and Wifi when they are not needed.
- Do not download an application from unknown sources.
- Note the phone’s “IMEI” number to block it in the event of loss or theft.
This study was conducted via the internet from November 4 to 14 with a sample of 2,315 people.