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Smartphone users – particularly those using their devices for business – are putting their security at risk by engaging in risky behaviours, according to a new report. Research by Kaspersky Lab and Allot Communications found that 79 per cent of businessmen and 67 per cent of businesswomen use potentially risky apps every day.

Meanwhile, 65 per cent of millennials and youths are putting themselves at risk in the same way. The report found that users are vulnerable to malware threats because although mobile app downloads are often protected, their ongoing use is not.

The research showed that 14 per cent of mobile app sessions can be classified as “risky”, while three per cent of mobile browsing transactions is a potential risk.

The types of apps most likely to present a risk were peer-to-peer file sharing apps (100 per cent), email apps (99.6 per cent) and web conferencing apps (99.3 per cent).

In terms of URLs, it was gambling sites that presented the biggest risk by far (76.9 per cent), followed by shopping and e-commerce sites (27.2 per cent).

“Our MobileTrends findings clearly show that safeguarding users at the network level would be the most effective method for protecting against multiple types of mobile threats, as the security measures can provide a protective umbrella for all online activity,” said Yaniv Sulkes, assistant vice president for marketing at Allot Communications.

“Mobile operators are perfectly positioned to provide protection to consumers and businesses. We see a golden opportunity for mobile operators to identify and reach out to customers at risk, targeting them with personalised Security-as-a-Service from their network or cloud.”

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