When it was recently revealed that Apple's iPhones could be tracking your every move, storing within their thin shells massive amounts of data about where you go, who you talk to and what you say, consumers seemed instantly more concerned with the security of their private information than ever before. Our smartphones are attached to us at all times; it can be hard not to think of them as anything but an extension of our person. But that thing you're carrying around, that thing you tell all of your secrets to, isn't an extension of your self. It was created by someone else, it relies on applications built by third-party developers and it transits information wirelessly through carrier networks operated by even more corporations -- and all of them have access to some of your data.
This infographic, designed by Lookout Mobile Security and examining consumer behaviors when it comes to smartphone use, presents a bit of a contradiction. Those surveyed by the sources for this graphic claim to be concerned about their privacy, but they rarely bother taking the necessary steps to protect it. It sheds "light on the mentality of letting privacy slip for the sake of convenience," according to Technology Spectator's Alexander Liddington-Cox.