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Survey found consumers utilizing tracking software to keep tabs on family


A recent survey conducted by GFI Software found many consumers are seeking out location-based cell phone tracking software, but it isn’t just to find lost phones, some users are utilizing it to keep tabs on family members.

The survey of 1,000 respondents from across the country showed 12 percent would use a location tracking software to monitor where their spouse was, 31 percent said they would keep tabs on their teen on a Friday night and 59 percent reported they would use it to ensure their child was safe where they were.

The results also indicated that identity theft ranked fourth among biggest concerns when a device is lost or stolen. Hassle and cost of buying a new device, replacing their contact list and losing memorable photos ranked higher. In addition, 35 percent said they think their personal data is easily replaceable and do not think it is a security risk.

“This research shows that younger generations are increasingly turning to mobile devices as their go-to-source for communicating and browsing the web, yet there is still a profound lack of understanding among consumers of all ages about the value of the personal data stored on these devices, as well as confusion over who is responsible for securing them,” said Mark Patton, general manager, Security Business Unit at GFI Software. “For this reason, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting mobile devices, and it’s alarming to think about the number of people who aren’t leveraging the tools – literally at their fingertips, such as mobile antivirus – that can help protect personal data and prevent identity theft.”

When it comes to children, many parents have also started to track cell phone use of their kids, since it has become just as important as monitoring a child’s internet use on a PC. However, when it came time to choose what age to start monitoring children, the responses varied. Seventeen percent of the respondents reported under 10 was a good time to start monitoring, 18 percent said 10 to 12, 13 percent said 12 to 14, 6 percent said 14 to 16 and 2 percent reported 16 and over. In addition, 38 percent of the respondents said they don’t think their children should have a smartphone at all.



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