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  • 7 April 2010 16:01

Men losing the plot with mobile phones

39% of men have lost a mobile phone, compared to just 26% of women. Surprisingly, women are more likely to lose their phone in the pub than men.

F-Secure today revealed the findings of its F-Secure 2010 Australian Mobile Security Survey. Quizzing more than 1,000 Australians, F-Secure found that a third (32%) of respondents had lost a phone or had one stolen. Men appeared more careless than women, with 39% experiencing loss, versus just 26% of women.

The age group 18 - 24 were the most likely to have experienced loss or theft with 51%. Residents of Tasmania were the least likely to be affected with 20%, and the ACT had the highest rate of incidents with 45%. The majority of incidents happened in a taxi or public transport (28%), followed by holidays (18%) and pubs / bars (13%).

Surprisingly, women were more likely to part ways with their phone in a bar / pub (w 17% vs m 10%) and on holidays (w 20% vs m 16%), whereas men were slightly more likely to lose their mobile in a taxi / public transport (w 26% vs m 28%) and the gym (w 1% vs m 4%).

As more and more Australians invest in expensive, fashionable smartphones, such as the iPhone, HTC Touch Diamond, or Nokia N97 to name just a few, experts are calling for better loss and theft protection. Today’s mobile phones are capable of storing a lot of valuable information, which can be used for malicious purposes if the phone falls into the wrong hands.

Indi Siriniwasa, regional director of F-Secure Australia and New Zealand, says, “Mobile phones can be easily lost or stolen, so it is important to be able to remotely locate, protect and control the device. Users should be able to remotely lock their phones, wipe the content and in some cases even find the phone’s location.”

“Many people today, either knowingly or unknowingly, carry a lot of sensitive information on their phones, be it names and addresses, pictures or business information. The last thing you want is for this to fall into the wrong hands.”

F-Secure Mobile Security 6

F-Secure Mobile Security 6 equips users with anti-theft capabilities that allows them to lock the phone or erase confidential data remotely, simply by sending an SMS. In some cases, the solution even allows the phone to be located. In addition F-Secure Mobile Security 6 protects smartphones against all types of malicious software, such as mobile Trojans, worms, viruses and spyware with its integrated Anti-Virus, Firewall and Anti-Spyware features. Another unique feature of F-Secure Mobile Security 6 is its in-the-cloud Browsing Protection. Browsing Protection identifies which websites are safe to enter and which should be avoided while surfing the net with your phone.

F-Secure Mobile Security 6 is available for Symbian, Windows Mobile and Android platforms (Android version does not have all the features mentioned above, see the F-Secure web pages for more information) through the F-Secure eStore http://www.f-secure.com/estore, selected mobile application stores and F-Secure mobile operator partners. Free 7-day trial version of Mobile Security is available at: http://F-Secure.mobi

Methodology

The F-Secure 2010 Australian Mobile Security Survey was conducted by Pure Profile in March 2010. The survey queried 1,001 Australian residents on their experiences with mobile loss and theft.

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