Infographic reveals the top ten dangerous things that we're doing with our smartphones
Skipping ahead, number four deals with the 156 million phishing emails sent daily. Don't click on links inside fraudulent emails. Many smartphone owners do. Most legitimate correspondences from a major corporation will not ask for your account number, password or social security number. And if you're away on vacation, don't post your photos to a social network while you're still away. 75% of convicted burglars say that this is how others in their line of business find their victims.
Is your smartphone, ahem, naked? 25% of smartphone owners don't use a case. While certain models might have fantastic build quality, a case still can buffer the shock of a dropped handset. And many cases are water resistant.
These are just a select few of the top ten. Check out the slideshow for all ten of the most dangerous things we do with our smartphones, and feel free to provide your own entries or list in the comment box below.
TopTen stupid things we do with smartphones
source: ProtectYourBubble via VentureBeat
1. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I don't put a case on, and don't have insurance, the rest I'm free of. This infogragh makes heeps of sense cause I hear my friends getting their little siblings buying stuff like games etc via play store without the confirmation of passwords, sucks for them but for me.....funny.
10. Beijendorf (Posts: 301; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Not getting a smartphone insurance and not using a case are on a whole other level compared to running the risk of having your bank account hacked or identity stolen.
It's a bit silly they even chose to include those two with the other serious risks.
31. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Agreed. I mean insurance with their prices now aren't really worth it. 10/month + 100 dollar deductable? No, I'll put 100 in the bank plus the 10/month and have enough with interest after a year to buy a used replacement of the same thing.
3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
For #5, I'm assuming it would be safe to post pics while on vacation as long as your social media page is set to private and only viewable by friends and relatives you trust.. or is there still a big risk in doing so?
6. Finalflash (Posts: 1594; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, a lot of robberies and what not happen by someone you know. There is still a risk especially if you know shady people or someone who associates with shady ppl.
36. Augustine (Posts: 682; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
You have probably received "friendship" invitations from complete strangers, be it from people who amass hundreds of "friends" just because or from unscrupulous crooks posing as an innocent silly teenager.
38. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I've never understood this. I think I have 80-100 friends on social media.....But I'm actually friends with all of them in real life. (some are relatives, but you get the point). I visit some of their pages and they have like 500-1000 friends and it gets to the point where you have to ask why? You're not friends with that many people, so why request their online "friendship"?
39. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I have ~1500 friends. It's basically to get likes on your statuses\pictures. I get 100ish likes constistently; it's a teenager thing
49. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I wouldn't accept "friendship" invitations from people who I don't recognize or even people that I may have seen, but personally don't know. I wouldn't own a social media page with "big numbers" for status either so I'm not sure I'm following along with your comment. Would there still be simple ways for complete strangers to hack into your private social media page or something?
4. PorkyBurger (Posts: 212; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Wao, I didn't know that I like to live with my smartphone so dangerously.
5. Commentator (Posts: 2348; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Sharing all those nude-photos of yourself on vacation over unprotected networks will come back to haunt you eventually.
7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Who in the world would take and send pictures showing themselves naked? To show how big their "little bro" is?
9. Awalker (Posts: 233; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
They didn't say anything about posting them. They said take, send and store them on the phone.
14. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 694; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I don't. Neither do any of my friends.
17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I don't. Neither do any of my friends.
20. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
He is taking about himself or his friends.
24. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
He is talking about himself and his friends, same as me and my friends.
42. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
You'll understand when you get a girlfriend
12. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
#12 posting obscene contents to Facebook
13. nlbates66 (Posts: 285; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
no mention of using smartphone while driving?
16. RandomUsername (Posts: 434; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
I have no case, no insurance, no password. *Insert Austin Powers "I too like to live dangerously" meme here*
18. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Facebook and other sites encourage everyone to take photos with location services off...
52. Leo_MC (Posts: 496; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
No they don't; Facebook has location services turned on by default.
21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Disgusting. #3 "17% recipients forward these messages....."
22. hkendrick3 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
Well I have alot of photo's I not proud of and some I am but atleast I have a mixtures for the potential thief to look at especially the ones with the two other women that was one good night.
23. papss (unregistered)
I won't put a case on my Nokia but do have insurance.
28. papss (unregistered)
I have a black 1520 that I'm in love with.
29. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Is WP good? What are your first impressions when you use WP for the first time? Will you get used to it when you used Android for a long time?
I ask you these questions is because you have a Note 3 (I saw it on your profile), and I'm thinking of switching to other OS (WP or BB).
30. papss (unregistered)
I loved my note 3, then owned a G2 and now the L1520. For me WP8 is the perfect fit. Nokia drew me in and WP is now what will keep me. I'm not going to say it wasn't without my share of head scratchers and let downs but little by little its getting the things that are important to me. I feel that by the next update it will largely be to a point to draw more folks over just like they did with me.
32. Awalker (Posts: 233; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I don't think so. I think the thing that's holding Windows back the most is the interface. To me is looks like a cluttered mess.
33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Well, it looks like you enjoy using WP. I tried the Lumia 1520 before and I think it's a good phone, it's sturdy, camera is good, but I'm still not used to the user interface of WP. I think I have to wait for MWC to see what the manufacturers bring to the table so I can decide whether I should switch to WP or BB or stick with Android.
40. Awalker (Posts: 233; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
All I'm saying is no matter how good everything else is a lot can't get pass the interface including me.
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's exactly how I fell about iOS, I've grown with it over the years. It's by no means perfect, and I do occasionally scratch my head lol, but to me it's the OS that gets the most things rite while not nailing em all. Stability, product support, accessories, looks, speed, fluidity, software upgrades, apps, ease of use, and resale value (cause who keeps their phone more than a year or two) is what matters to me. One thing I love about WP8, is the ability to set your camera to record at a particular res, and save it. No need to go into setting manually to make sure the vids are sendable.
41. Awalker (Posts: 233; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
There's nothing particularly wrong with iOS's interface. It's just rows of icons and most people are use to that. The tile interface deviates too much from what most people are use too. Maybe Windows should include an option to use icons instead.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Wouldn't hurt, it'd give em one more option. That never hurts.
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Sweet, huge but sweet. Nokia phones are eye candy. I still have my wife's 8X, it's the bluish looking one. +1
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I have cases on both phones, but only my 5s is covered (apple care). Nude pics, well I am married, I doubt she's forwarding them. The rest I'm cool on.
27. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I am not guilty of any of these :-p But I am surprised that texting/browsing while driving didn't make the list.
I think number 10 bothers me the most from what I see out of other people and as a member of the wireless sales industry. So many times I work with a customer and try to drive home the importance of some sort of insurrance plan and they do not get one. Many of them come back later like, "Uhhh i broke the phone. What can I do?" or "I lost my phone at the club. I need a new one."
Sorry bout'cha luck, bruh. Coulda shoulda ....
37. Augustine (Posts: 682; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
It amazes me that Apple makes such sleek phones, but most end up in huge, militarized cases to withstand a tank on it. Gollum approves of such cases.
44. darkkjedii (Posts: 10573; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
My 5s uses an ultra thin case. It's really only for scratch protection for the back, and sides. My note 3 is about the same. I love the look of em too much to use a bulky case. Handle with care folks, these phones are pricey.
48. DnB925Art (Posts: 166; Member since: 23 May 2013)
I used to go naked on my phones (ie no case LOL), but lately I've been putting a case on the phone, just for the resale value. When I resell the phone after upgrading to a newer phone, I can sell the phone as like new condition, because in the case it is practically like new condition. Plus selling it with the case adds to the resale value as the new owner does not need to purchase a case to go with it. A like new condition phone with a case really does raise the resale value, which is the main reason why I now put a case on.
45. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I guess using phones behind the wheel is at number 11, behind not having a case. Nice.
53. mrblah (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
"have you turned off your location services" uhh. no, i like to use my gps! the insurance is a huge rip, don't be fooled.