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Infographic reveals the top ten dangerous things that we're doing with our smartphones

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Infographic reveals the top ten dangerous things that we're doing with our smartphones
So what are the top ten most dangerous things we are doing with our smartphones? An infographic put together by insurance firm Protect Your Bubble reveals the answer. And let's go right away to number one. 62% of smartphone users fail to protect their device with a password. Keep that in mind when all of a sudden, your smartphone is lost or stolen. Next, is the use of auto sign in for banking and financial websites. While many don't use a password on their phone when they should, 32% store their private passwords on their phone.

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.


source: ProtectYourBubble via VentureBeat

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posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:19 6

1. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; 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.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:53 9

10. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; 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.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 10:12 4

31. 14545 (Posts: 1612; 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.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:44 1

51. Leo_MC (Posts: 1725; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


AppleCare + is way cheaper.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:19 14

2. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Some of these are BS.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:20

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; 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?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:55

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; 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.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 11:04

36. Augustine (Posts: 1043; 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.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 12:10

38. 14545 (Posts: 1612; 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"?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 12:28

39. trustory (Posts: 132; 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

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 14:55

49. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; 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?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:22

4. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Wao, I didn't know that I like to live with my smartphone so dangerously.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 03:34 13

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Sharing all those nude-photos of yourself on vacation over unprotected networks will come back to haunt you eventually.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:17 2

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:23 2

9. Awalker (Posts: 1578; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They didn't say anything about posting them. They said take, send and store them on the phone.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:53 1

11. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Teenagers do

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 05:01

14. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I don't. Neither do any of my friends.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 05:55

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I don't. Neither do any of my friends.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:19

20. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


He is taking about himself or his friends.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 08:10

24. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


He is talking about himself and his friends, same as me and my friends.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 05:07

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I hope nobody does that lol..

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 13:16

42. stealthd (unregistered)


You'll understand when you get a girlfriend

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:22 2

8. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


#11 watchin porn.... Lol!!

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 04:54

12. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


#12 posting obscene contents to Facebook

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 05:00 6

13. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


no mention of using smartphone while driving?

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 05:21

16. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I have no case, no insurance, no password. *Insert Austin Powers "I too like to live dangerously" meme here*

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:10

18. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Facebook and other sites encourage everyone to take photos with location services off...

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:46 2

52. Leo_MC (Posts: 1725; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


No they don't; Facebook has location services turned on by default.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:34

19. aksa123 (Posts: 332; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Whoops, busted !!!

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 07:23 2

21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Disgusting. #3 "17% recipients forward these messages....."

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