Study uncovers lack of cyber safety among mobile users
Washington, D.C. — A study released Wednesday by the National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee revealed a false sense of cyber security for mobile users.
The survey, conducted by Zogby International, found that 72% of Americans have never installed data protection applications or security software on their smartphones in order to protect against data loss or against viruses and malware.
The lack of security doesn’t slow smartphone use, the study found. In fact, 44% use their smartphones to access the Internet and 75% say they access the Internet more frequently on their device today than they did one year ago.
The NCSA/McAfee research also found that 70% of smartphone owners say they feel their device is safe from hackers, malware and other types of cybercrime. This data shows that taking extra precautions to protect smart phones from virus attacks and other threats is not common practice for U.S. consumers as most feel their devices are safe enough.
Along with the uptick in mobile Internet use, the NCSA/McAfee survey also found that more applications are being developed and downloaded to meet the variety of user interests and needs. In the last six months, the applications most smartphone owners say they have added to their phones are games (46%), followed by social networking apps (37%).
Smartphone users are pretty well split as to whether they have ever abandoned downloading an app over security or safety concerns (50% to 45%). Of those who have decided not to download an app over a security or safety concern, most said they did so because they were unsure of what data about themselves was being collected and how it would be used (71%)
"This study highlights the need to focus on the security of our mobile devices and networks as mobile technologies are adopted by an ever-increasing amount of the population and becoming a central part of our lives," said John Thode, executive VP consumer, mobile and small business, McAfee.
Ace Hardware names COO
Oakbrook, Ill. — Ace Hardware said Wednesday it has named John Venhuizen COO, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Venhuizen has spent nearly two decades with Ace and most recently served as executive VP supply chain, information technology and international. In this position, he helped grow the number of Ace stores around the world, as well as create a variety of successful support and incentive programs for retailers.
Venhuizen will report to Ray Griffith, president and CEO.
Focus on: Lighting
The Co-operative Group’s new 24-hour flagship in London belongs to a class of stores that, while still relatively small, is fast-growing: It is illuminated completely with LEDs.
The Co-operative’s energy-efficient LED products are expected to reduce the store’s energy consumption by 35% versus traditional lighting. The long life (up to 50,000 hours) of the solid-state lighting will mean less re-lamping and maintenance, generating additional cost savings. The reduced energy consumption is in keeping with the ambitious environmental agenda of The Co-operative, which is the U.K.’s fifth-largest food retailer, with more than 4,800 outlets. It has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions 35% by 2017, go carbon neutral by 2012 and generate the equivalent of 25% of its energy needs from renewables by 2017.
From the general lighting to the lamps in the refrigerated cases, all the LED light sources in The Co-operative’s London flagship were supplied by Philips Lighting. At the heart of the design is Philip’s PowerBalance direct/indirect LED luminaire, which directs light across the ceiling and downwards into the space. The LEDs provide 25% energy savings over the standard lamps (fluorescents) that would have traditionally been used for the required lighting levels in this type of environment.
To light the refrigerated multi-deck display cabinets, the store utilizes Affinium LED, which features a special optical design to ensure uniform light distribution down the cabinet. This helps eliminate the common problem in such cases where the lighting on the top shelf is too bright, creating dark patches lower down.
Philips’ Master LEDtube was used in the refrigerated champagne display cabinet, reducing energy consumption by 54%.
The combination of energy savings and reduced maintenance costs will provide the retailer with a return on investment of less than three years, with ongoing savings into the future.