Poor security mindset when mobile surfing

02/10/2013

Swedes are not as aware of the security risks when using smart phones and tablets as when using computers. This was revealed by a consumer survey on Internet security carried out by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

PTS, together with Sweco, carried out a survey on how Swedish consumers viewed Internet security. The survey shows that smart phones and tablets are the preferred connection form when the Swedes surf. Compared with computer users, users of smart phones and tablets are far less inclined to upgrade their operative system and use antivirus software.

- “It is important to use the same security mindset when using smart phones and tablets as when using a computer,” says Annica Bergman, head of PTS Internet Security Department.

Some concerns related to the management of personal data

The most common areas of use when Swedes use the Internet are information searches, e-mail and banking. Of those carrying out banking errands on the Internet, almost one quarter stated that they use a smart phone or tablet for this.

The greatest risks of using the Internet are considered to be that personal details can fall into the wrong hands and being infected by malware. One third said that they feel at most risk when using a smart phone or tablet to access the Internet. Membership of social networks is becoming more common, but there is a degree of awareness concerning privacy issues. One in five have chosen to cancel or not open an account with a service, due to concerns how personal data is managed.

On the other hand, less than half believe they have sufficient knowledge about their integrity and security when communicating wirelessly, which is a drop compared to previous surveys. One fifth of those who believed they did not have sufficient information stated that they lack information about the risks and risk management.

About the survey

Sweco has, on behalf of PTS, interviewed 1,122 Swedish consumers between the ages of 16-84, with the aim to study end users’ knowledge, behaviour and confidence in the Internet. The survey is a follow-up of two previous surveys made in 2009 and 2011 by TNS Sifo.

More about the report

More information
Jeanette Kronwall, phone: +46 (0)736-405898
Anna Wibom, phone: +46 (0)703-795558
PTS press office, phone: +46 (0)8-678 55 55

October is Cyber Security Month to increase the awareness of Swedes

The European Cyber Security Month is a campaign within EU with the aim to increase citizen awareness about information security in the home and at the workplace.

The European Commission has initiated the campaign. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) in collaboration with the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) are responsible for the Swedish part of the campaign.

Visit DinSäkerhet.se/informationssakerhet for more details about the campaign.