Secondhand devices put children at risk, claims global cybersecurity firm

That device you gave for Christmas, is it safe? Obviously, ESET would like you to install their security software but they make a valid point of identifying a grey market supply chain risk…:

[…] After surveying 1,000 UK mothers and fathers with children aged 10-18, ESET discovered that 39% of parents buying their kids a phone for Christmas were not using an official seller.

Ten per cent of respondents planned to buy secondhand from friends or family, while 7% intended to buy “refurbished“ phones. Even if reset by professionals, warns ESET, such devices may still contain trojans or malware.

The best way to protect your family is by installing mobile security and antivirus software on any new devices
 – ESET cyber security specialist, Jake Moore

“Parents need to be careful about where they’re buying tech such as phones and tablets,” said ESET cyber security specialist, Jake Moore. “With so much personal information held on these devices, it is critical that parents get them from a trusted source, and that any secondhand or refurbished models are completely wiped before being passed on or purchased.

“The best way to protect your family from these dangers is by installing mobile security and antivirus software on any new devices to add an extra layer of protection.”

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