Most smartphones lack adequate security

Friday - 1/6/2012, 7:08pm EST

Many agencies are now allowing employees to use their own smartphone devices.

But the results of a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee found almost three-quarters of Americans do not have any security software or data protection applications installed on their smartphones.

Infosecurity magazine also reports people don't know how these devices work and most smartphone owners assume they are safe.

The NCSA says users should create stronger passwords, read app policies and understand how each app will access data, and be cautious of WiFi hotspots — especially free ones that don't require a password.

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