User carry an average of 2.9 Multiple Gadgets and Mobile Devices, survey reveals

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Infographic highlights the most carried devices, and how different countries compare

A survey released by Sophos reported that tech lovers can’t bear to be apart from their gadgets, with users carrying an average of 2.9 devices. The survey was conducted among more than 2,200 users worldwide, asking readers how many devices they carry, and which operating systems they use.

The eye-opening results are revealed in a new Infographic, published by Sophos today.

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How many devices do you carry infographic – Image-provided

The inspiration for the survey was the many devices of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The largest number of devices carried by a respondent in the Sophos survey was twelve.

Tips for Keeping Devices Safe

Regardless of the number of devices one owns, protecting all of them is paramount. Here are three simple tips to ensure device security:

Love your phone?

Lock it by enabling strong passcodes or passwords. One of the biggest barriers between a thief and a device’s data can be a password. Learn how passwords can be complex without being complicated. Check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel).

Keep all software updated, including security software.

Install and regularly update security software. There are many out-of-date apps that can pose a security threat. Installing security applications can provide additional protection by encrypting sensitive data, help with retrieving lost or stolen devices and stop malware for little to no cost. Check out Sophos’ free security tools.

Only carry necessary devices.

This seems like a simple concept, but with the myriad devices offering specific features and functionality, it’s sometimes difficult to limit ourselves to just one or two.

“People are buying and using more and more devices, and are increasingly bringing them into the workplace. Inevitably, that trend increases the need to keep those devices safe and secure from threats,” said Graham Cluley, senior security consultant, Sophos. “In this age of BYOD, smart organizations are implementing security policies to ensure that both corporate and personal devices are protected and secured – keeping sensitive information out of the hands of hackers.”


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