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Apr 19 2012   9:39AM GMT

First thing, what do you do?

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When you wake up in the mornings, what is the first thing you do? Think carefully. Odds are you check your mobile for email, messages and status updates, as do more than four in ten Londoners. 

Only 25% of those polled said they kissed their partner, in a survey by Infosecurity Europe in the run up to the 2012 Infosecurity show 24th – 26th April 2012, in Earls Court, London. 

The survey showed that men and women check their phones the same amount in the morning – but while more men check for messages, women are actually more likely to be on the lookout for work emails.

Paul Kennedy, 25, said, “My mobile phone is my alarm, so when I turn it off I always check for messages and emails at the same time – my girlfriend doesn’t notice so I don’t get into trouble!”

But Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe said, of those who check their phone for work emails first thing in the morning, only 49% said they use strong security on their mobile device.

The combination of dedicated employees who are always working, with less-than-ideal security on mobile devices, can be catastrophic for their companies if their security is breached.

If that is not a wake-up call, Downtime does not know what is. Anyone in the group that checks their email first thing should also probably see a head doctor, just to be on the safe side.

It is essential that companies who let employees work on mobile devices ensure they have strong security in place, said Sellick, so the benefits of ‘anytime, anywhere’ working are not outweighed by the security risks.

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