Roughly two-thirds of smartphone users are vulnerable to identity theft according to experts at the Government-backed organisation GetSafeOnline.org.
Today's survey revealed that 67 per cent of those accessing the web from their phones do not have any kind of password protection, leaving personal information easily accessible.
Experts have warned that through access to information such as family names and personal emails as well as log in information which could be stored in the cache memory of the devices, many people are leaving themselves highly vulnerable to indentity fraudsters.
The managing director of GetSafeOnline.org, Tom Neate said, "smartphones are a great way to make the most of the web and it's easy to see why they are so popular. However, users must remember that they are essentially carrying around a tiny laptop with a wealth of personal information that is very attractive to fraudsters."
The survey also revealed that one in five smartphone users have lost their handset or had it stolen at some point. "As far as fraudsters are concerned, it's what is actually on your phone that counts more than the handset itself. This is why basic measures such as using the PIN function are so important," said Neate.
For more information about online security threats, why not read all about our recent round table discussion on Cybercrime.