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Employees are not taking basic security steps when trying to protect their data and that lackadaisical attitude can end up hurting companies in a big way.

New research has found that 86 percent of workers use a smartphone for both personal and work tasks. That number is up from 84 percent last year. Forty-seven percent of those workers have no passcode protecting their mobile devices.

Workers who do use passwords are also not using the best tactics in keeping their passwords secure. Thirty percent of respondents say they use a single password for all their accounts. Sixty-one percent of users also say they write passwords down.

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Companies may be at fault for not properly training their employees about cybersecurity and the best bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices. Forty-seven percent of respondents say IT departments have not discussed best security practices with them. Additionally, just 44 percent of employees say their companies have no formal BYOD policy .

However, the researchers did find that companies have improved in one important area of cybersecurity: the ability to remotely wipe data from mobile devices that are lost, stolen or locked.  This year, only one-third of companies do not have that ability, which is a significant increase from last year, when 51 percent of companies did not have that ability.

“We are surprised to see results so similar to last year regarding security on tablets and smartphones, especially considering the attention that has been placed on this issue,” said Rick Dakin, CEO and chief security strategist with Coalfire. “The results demonstrate that businesses are not using effective methods to protect critical infrastructure. Security awareness training for tablet and smartphone users should be a top priority for all organizations.”

The research was based on the responses 400 IT workers in the United States.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.