Menu
​Top 3 questions Apple users should ask about data privacy

​Top 3 questions Apple users should ask about data privacy

“Research paints a picture of Apple users as being more active on their mobile devices, but they may be unaware of the online risks they are taking."

Apple users feel their data is safer than others, but only 44 per cent use, or are considering using, a virtual private network (VPN).

Research research by F-Secure believes this can leave them vulnerable to privacy breaches and malware attacks.

With the launch of the new iPhone, F-Secure recommends Apple users adopt VPN technology to take control of their data privacy.

“Research paints a picture of Apple users as being more active on their mobile devices, but they may be unaware of the online risks they are taking,” says Jonathan Banks, Director of Operations A/NZ, F-Secure.

“However, they’re also more open to adopting technologies that let them manage those risks. It is vital that Apple users are aware of both the risks to their online privacy and the solutions available.”

Banks believes Apple users should consider three questions in relation to data privacy:

1. Is your device secure?

F-Secure’s research shows that 77 per cent people in the Apple community believe they are safer online than those who use other brands.

However, there have been many cases of successful attacks on Apple iOS and OS X operating systems, like WireLurker and Masque Attack malware.

“Apple users must understand their devices do not automatically protect them from online threats, and take steps to secure their data,” Banks adds.

“A VPN is a really useful tool which creates encrypted Internet connections to protect data and notify the user when they access a website that might have malware or suspicious tracker activity.”

2. Do you use mobile devices to make financial transactions?

In addition, 46 per cent of Apple respondents said they used mobile devices to make most of their financial transactions, compared to just 14 percent of non-Apple respondents.

“The perception that Apple users are automatically protected from online risks is perhaps why they're more active when it comes to making financial transactions from their mobile devices,” Banks adds.

“Users have to manage the risks with adequate protection.”

3. Do you use public Wi-Fi?

Also, 56 per cent of Apple respondents said they connect to public Wi-Fi more than once a week, compared to 29 per cent of non-Apple respondents.

“Public Wi-Fi connections can have many risks,” Banks adds. “A VPN will protect your data from hackers sharing the same connection.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags privacyiPadmobileAppleiosiPhonemacbookf-secure

Featured

Slideshows

Leading female front runners of the Kiwi ICT industry honoured at 2019 WIICTA

Leading female front runners of the Kiwi ICT industry honoured at 2019 WIICTA

Reseller News has honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry at the 2019 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards recognised standout individuals across six categories, spanning Entrepreneur, Rising Star, Shining Star, Community, Technical and Achievement. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Leading female front runners of the Kiwi ICT industry honoured at 2019 WIICTA
Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch

Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch

The 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards has kicked off with the Judges Lunch in Auckland with 70 judges in the voting panel. The awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors. Photos by Christine Wong.

Reseller News kicks off awards season in 2019 with Judges' Lunch
Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2018 inductees - Chris Simpson, Kendra Ross and Phill Patton - to the third running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing landscape of the technology industry in New Zealand, while outlining ways to attract a new breed of players to the ecosystem. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments