New Survey Finds Few People Use Password Locks On Smartphones

By: Samantha Boatman, CNN Email
By: Samantha Boatman, CNN Email

A new survey finds only about 30 percent of people use passwords to lock their cellphones, according to a recent worldwide survey done by the Web security company McAfee.

Experts say not having a password lock on your phone could open you up to identity theft. Many people in the survey admitted to leaving their log in information and password stored on APPS. Some people do mobile banking, and if your phone is stolen without a lock, thieves can have access to a lot more than just your contacts.

The survey found women are slightly less likely to password-protect their phones.

If you smartphone is stolen, experts recommend filing a police report, notifying your employer and contacts, and also changing your passwords to things like your e-mail and banking information.

The survey also found the most common passwords were "1-1-1-1" and "1-2-3-4".


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