Despite Data Security Fears, One in Six Android Users Don’t Know About Android Security Patches: BlackBerry Survey


Android-survey-usersThere are currently 1.4 billion active Android devices worldwide, but what about the users behind them? Do they know about security patches and who is responsible for securing their device? How do they feel about privacy?

We set out to uncover the mobile security and privacy implications Android smartphone users take into consideration to protect their valuable information and data. We surveyed* over 8,000 Android smartphone users and found that they are security-minded, but only 12 percent believe that their handset manufacturer is responsible for protecting the security of their mobile device.

When it comes to the top privacy concerns of Android users, 50 percent reported mining of data and malware was what they worried about most. Gartner reported a rise in data mining and malware, and predicts that by 2017, tablets and smartphones will the source of most breaches. When you combine that with the fact that nearly 90 percent of Android users use only one device for both business and entertainment, users need to pay close attention to how they are safeguarding against threats. But Android users are not as aware of how to protect their smartphone against threats as we previously thought. Fifteen percent of Android users – almost one in six – did not know about Android security updates, which can leave your device vulnerable to malware attacks and more.

Our Consumer Survey also showed:

More than half (51 percent) state third parties using their personal data is a security headache, followed by one-third (34 percent) who said their phone was stolen or lost. Email hacking (7 percent), texts being read (4 percent) and someone listening to phone calls (4 percent) are lower on the list of users’ concerns.

  • android-survey-chainsMore than half (53 percent) rank both security and privacy as most important.
  • 50 percent believe their smartphone is only somewhat secure.
  • The majority of Android users are using a PIN (45 percent) or password (41 percent) to protect their device.**
  • Only 1 in 6 users are aware of Android security updates.

For more about our Consumer Survey, click through our SlideShare presentation below.

Android, Secured

Built on BlackBerry’s privacy and security heritage, PRIV was designed to address the security and privacy needs of today’s uncompromising Android users. PRIV automatically encrypts users’ information and comes with built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore.

BlackBerry also delivers security patches on the same day that Google publicly releases information about them. That’s significantly faster than all other Android phone makers out there, who can take weeks, months or even years to release patches – leaving their users at risk. See the chart published by our CSO David Kleidermacher earlier this spring:

android oem security patching schedule

DTEK by BlackBerry also gives users control of their privacy with a unique app to easily monitor and – with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update – have full control over their applications’ access to the device microphone, camera, location and personal information.

PRIV also enables these strong security measures:

  • BlackBerry Hardware Root of Trust, a unique manufacturing process that injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for everything else.
  • Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain, which uses the embedded keys to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with.
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptography for data-at-rest and data-in-transit.
  • Full disk encryption enabled by default to protect your privacy.
  • Android OS hardening including additional security patches, improved random number generation and certificate pinning.

Check out what our fans are saying about PRIV, what power professionals love about PRIV, the official PRIV product page and watch our how-to demos. If you are wondering in which of 30+ countries you can get your hands on a PRIV, check out our availability blog. Many carriers such as AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers and Bell in Canada are offering PRIV at new, lowered prices.

* Survey was administered by using Google Consumer Surveys. Responses were collected from April 8 to 13, 2016.

**Our question “What security measures do you use on your Android smartphone?” elicited some sly answers, too, including “None, because my girlfriend will get into it, anyway” and “It’s never out of my hand.”

About Eric Lai

I have written about technology and mobility for Computerworld, ZDNet, Forbes and others. I oversee the blogs and social content here at BlackBerry and continue to track and opine about the latest news and trends in enterprise mobility. Follow me on Twitter (ericylai)

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