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Global shipments of WiFi enabled devices hit 1.9 billion in 2013. That’s a 19% increase over the prior year and puts the total number of WiFi enabled devices up to 4 billion – and this is expected to rise 7 billion by 2017, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

59% of these are mobiles and tablets, with a further 9% being laptops. That means a further 32% of all devices, over 600 million, will be fitted to other types of devices such as cameras, TV’s, speakers, smoke alarms and all sorts of other things.

Over 90% of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable in seconds – what authentication practices could your organization adopt?

Experian CreditExpert’s identity web monitoring service reveals more than 12 million pieces of personal information traded online globally between January and April 2012.

London, UK, 17 July 2012
More than 12 million pieces of personal information were illegally traded online by identity fraudsters in the first four months of 2012, new figures from Experian CreditExpert reveal. Bespoke research* from Experian CreditExpert’s web monitoring service – which helps people to quickly detect ID theft – shows that the first four months of 2012 have already outstripped the entire of 2010 when 9.5million pieces of personal information were illegally traded. Approximately 90% of the illegally traded data during January – April this year consisted of password and login combinations. This dramatic surge is thought to be in part due to consumers having a spiralling number of online accounts.

In the survey, Sophos asked IT professionals from around the globe several questions about employee IT usage behavior. Additional highlights include:

  • 48% of respondents fix security issues caused by end user negligence at least once a week
  • 26% of respondents say senior management commits the worst IT security offenses
  • 19% of respondents say that IT commits the worst IT security offenses

— Sophos

According to SophosLabs more than 30,000 websites are infected every day and 80% of those infected sites are legitimate. Eighty-five percent of all malware, including viruses, worms, spyware, adware and Trojans, comes from the web.

The market for smartphones and tablets continued to accelerate in 2011. According to market analyst International Data Corporation, tablet shipments rose more than 300% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011 to 13.6 million units worldwide. Gartner reports that by 2016 at least 50% of enterprise email users will rely primarily on a browser, tablet or mobile client instead of a desktop client.