08 Mar 2012

Many people have fear of losing mobile contacts

While old fashioned fears such as public speaking and death still exist, an up and coming fear is losing mobile contacts, according to a survey by SecurEnvoy. The company said a recent survey of 1,000 people shows that 66 percent of people were afflicted with "nomophobia," or "no mobile-phone phobia." People fearing this should look into mobile antivirus software in an effort to keep their information as safe as possible.

"Some people get panic attacks when they are not with their phones," said Michael Carr-Gregg, an adolescent psychologist working in Melbourne, according to CNN. "Others become very anxious and make all endeavors to locate the mobile phone. I have clients who abstain from school or their part-time jobs to look for their phones when they cannot find them in the morning."

This 66 percent is an 11 percent rise compared to a study from four years ago. The group of 18 to 24 year olds are leading the pack with 77 percent afflicted by nomophobia.

According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, about 76 percent of IT professionals believe using mobile devices can put organizations at risk. These companies and people with personal smartphones should invest in an antivirus program for their phone to be safe in the mobile landscape.