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Embarrassingly, BYOD is often jeopardised due to viruses from porn sites

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So what happens when employees gain a virus on their personal device, permitted to be used as part of the BYOD scheme, as a result of accessing porn or adult websites? They pretend it doesn’t exist so they don’t have to tell an employer, according to a recent Elitetele.com survey.

Indeed, one in five Brits admitted that they accessed pornography on a personal device which was also used for work, with an alarming 25 per cent claiming they were unaware visiting such websites could lead to their device being infected by malicious viruses or bugs. However, possibly being being one of the most search terms on the web, hackers are more likely to target such sites as they are always guaranteed to ‘catch someone’.

And if they fell for the trap, 24 per cent of women and 21 per cent men stated that they would be too embarrassed to inform their employer, with seven per cent of both sexes claiming they would only pluck up the courage to tell after one week and two per cent within a month. By that time a business could be severely compromised by cyber criminals.

“Such websites can often infect visitors automatically when they browse and typically visitors are unlikely to complain to those running the online service, the police or their boss because of the embarrassment involved,” explains Russell Horton, chief operating officer at Elitetele.com. “This provides cyber criminals with the opportunity to peruse poorly secured corporate networks at leisure because nobody has raised the alarm and nothing is being done to stop them. “

Furthermore, respondents explained that the discovery they had accessed such content was the most embarrassing thing their employer could uncover as a result of updating their BYOD device with the latest security settings. A third of respondents claimed finding out they had viewed porn and/or adult websites would leave them more red-faced than uncovering evidence of job hunting. Others cited derogatory remarks made about a colleague (17 per cent) a criminal conviction (11 per cent) an addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol (11 per cent) or participation in an office romance (ten per cent) as close seconds.

“Businesses want to give staff access to devices which can improve productivity and mobility, but they need to ensure these are equipped and updated with the latest technology to secure corporate networks from increasingly complex threats,” Horton concluded.

“Businesses should look at putting a Unified Threat Management facility in place alongside robust BYOD policies to safeguard against such intrusions, providing peace of mind that they have the best possible defence against cyber sleuths.”

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