Over half of population suffer from phone loss anxiety according to survey
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Over half of the population suffer from Nomophobia the fear of being without your phone Are you obsessed with your phone and being in contact with the office even during the summer holidays? 17% of people will work on their emails in bed 25% of women look at their phones during a dinner date Half of the population will go down to the beach with their phones And yet 70% of people have no way of remotely wiping their phones if they get lost First identified in 2008, it would appear Nomophobia the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, is still a very real problem for the majority of the population. In fact, over 54% admit to suffering from the condition with women 17% more likely to suffer from nomophobia than their male counterparts. A recent study amongst 1000 people in employment, commissioned by AppRiver, the e-mail and web security experts and conducted by OnePoll, found that people are now so obsessed with the need to be connected to their phones that even when they are away on their annual holiday, 42% will take their devices down to the beach with them! The survey, which was carried out during the August holidays, has discovered that 28% of people will also look at their work emails whilst on away from home, with men slightly more eager to catch their emails than their female counterparts.
And it seems the bedroom, rather than a haven of relaxation, is instead another favourite place to work as 17% of people checking their emails in bed. In fact, many risk indigestion as 25% feed their email addiction or text during a dinner date, with women once again 10% more likely to do so than men! With phones now holding so much valuable information, it is worrying to note that just 50% of people bother to secure them with a password or any other form of security and 70% have no way to remotely wipe the device were their phone to be lost or stolen.
Fred Touchette, senior security analyst at AppRiver said: Its pretty clear that were a society totally reliant on our phones not only for personal use but business use too. Even when were away on holiday, lying in bed or on a dinner date many of us just cant help looking at our emails, no matter what time of day or the situation. What worries me is that, with so much information stored on them - from confidential office documents, contact details, emails, photos, bank log-ins, etc., when these devices get lost or stolen and end up in the wrong hands the information is so easily exploited as little to any security precautions are taken.
Our advice is always to protect your phone with security - at the very least with a password, and if youre using it for work get your IT department to secure them with encryption or even better the ability to wipe them remotely.
AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider offering award-winning email and Web security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today's increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete managed service for Microsoft Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365 solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93% customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than 45,000 companies and over 8 million mailboxes worldwide. The company maintains offices in Florida, New York and Switzerland, and is led by an Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award winner. For more information, please visit www.appriver.com.
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