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Half UK Uni Students Have No Mobile Security

Intel Security is calling for better cybersecurity education resources for the nation’s students as hundreds of thousands head off to university without adequate protection installed on their mobile devices.

It’s estimated that over 420,000 school leavers will make it to uni this autumn, but a new poll from the security giant claims that only 50% will have bagged the necessary software to keep device and data secure.

The risks are very real, with 90% of students interviewed claiming to log-on to public Wi-Fi on campus or out and about – exposing themselves to threats.

What's more, mobile malware soared 150% year-on-year according to the latest McAfee Labs Quarterly Threat Report.

However, on the positive side, there is a desire to learn more about security-related issues.

Nearly half (48%) of the 1000 students surveyed claimed they would attend university seminars on online security if there were any.

Intel Security VP consumer, Nick Viney, claimed this is a step in the right direction.

“Yet its concerning that many are still opening themselves up to risks unknowingly. When it comes to students’ online safety, we all have a responsibility,” he added.

“Not only should parents be educating their children before they fly the nest, but universities too – they should be doing all they can to ensure students understand the security policies at their university.”

Intel Security research from last year claimed three-quarters of kids up to the age of 16 learn about online safety from their parents, but 29% of parents said they don’t actually look out for this information, leaving both parties wanting.  

Intel Security recommended several steps university students can take to keep data safe.

It urged users to keep AV up-to-date, to back up files to another secure location, and to approach unsolicited emails and websites offering deals which look too-good-to-be-true with caution.

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