Nearly 80 percent of smartphone and tablet users choose simple pass codes to protect their devices from unauthorized use, according to an analysis released recently by a maker of mobile device management solutions.
While 85 percent of some 200,000 mobile devices analyzed by Fiberlink had their pass code feature turned on as required by company policy, most of those devices (93 percent) were using simple pass codes to protect the devices.
Fiberlink defined a simple pass code or PIN as a password made up of all numbers or all letters. Of the mobile devices using simple pass codes, almost three quarters (73 percent) had one with a length of four to five characters.
Only 7 percent of the devices analyzed by the company had a complex or alphanumeric pass code. Fiberlink defines a complex password as one made up of letters, numbers and special characters.