A study conducted by the Feline Data Security Coalition (FDSC) indicates cat owners are more susceptible to malware distribution by more than 40 percent.

The FDSC analyzed survey responses from 300 IT professionals and cat owners across the country. Of the participants, 62 percent reported experiencing increased anxiety regarding personal data after adopting a cat.

This study indicates owning multiple cats increases chances of being targeted by a malicious source by as much as 20 percent. The firm also acknowledged as feline weight and fur thickness increases, so does the owner’s mobile security vulnerabilities.

Felix Cates, head of mobile security research for the FDSC, indicated the increasing number of pet owners targeted by hackers can be attributed to the rising popularity of cats in digital media.

“Cats are the rising star of today’s pop culture, exclusively in digital and social media,” Cates said. “As the demand for cat videos, images and gifs rises, the number of malicious sources trying to gain access to these files will rise as well.”

Pet owners across the country are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when accessing emails, mobile apps and social media to prevent any theft of cat-related media. Best practices for mobile security include regularly changing passwords to apps, only accessing secure networks, and keeping all cat-related images and videos locked with biometrics or passcodes of at least 6 digits.

These statistics may alarm pet owners around the country, but HOBI International urges them to stay calm. The FDSC does not exist, and there is no documented correlation between owning a pet and mobile security vulnerabilities. Happy April Fools’ Day from HOBI International!