Almost a third of smartphone users’ fall victim of device loss or theft

Almost a third of smartphone users’ fall victim of device loss or theft

A third of mobile phone users have had their smartphone device stolen, according to a new study.

The report, published by Pew Research, revealed that 12 per cent of respondents also feel that an application they have downloaded has invaded their privacy.

Worries surrounding privacy have caused more than half of the respondents to the survey to not download an app after reading the information about what it would access on their phone.

Mary Madden, research associate for the project and a co-author of the report, said: "The way a mobile application handles personal data is a feature that many cellphone owners now take into consideration when choosing the apps they will use."

From a business point of view, the survey found that employees are concerned about information breaches and take actions to prevent any risks, backing up contacts and files, clearing their browser history and turning off location-tracking features.

Mobile device management is one way businesses can reduce the risks associated with smartphone loss or theft.