Singapore Mobile usage trends according to Norton by Symantec

Some insights from the Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 based on a survey conducted in July last year. (* All percentages are based on % of Singaporeans)

Top mobile Internet activities of Singaporeans.

Top mobile Internet activities of Singaporeans.

The report found that Singaporeans love to access the Internet on their mobile devices and they feel very safe doing so.

This could result in complacency where a notable percentage choose not to use mobile security – an alarming statistic, given how addicted they are to their mobile devices.

How safe do Singaporeans feel?

How safe do Singaporeans feel?

Need for their mobile devices *

  • 84% use their mobiles phones to connect to the Internet.
  • 55% consider themselves addicted to their mobile devices.
  • If they could choose two items to save from a fire, 49% would save their mobile device.

Good mobile device online habits *

  • 79% only download applications from trusted sources.
  • 71% never save important personal information.
  • 61% limit the sites they visit.
  • 59% use secure payment methods when making purchases.
  • 56% turn off or disallow geographic location tracking.

Do not use mobile security solutions *

  • More than 1 in 3 do not use passwords (35%).
  • 1 in 2 (50%) do not have a solution to lock, locate and wipe.
  • Almost 3 in 5 (58%) do not use any mobile security solution, with 2 in 5 (43%) not aware of such solutions.
  • 3 out of 10 (29%) choose not to use any mobile security solution.
Average cost of replacing a lost or stolen mobile device in Singapore: S$323.30.

Lost or had their mobile phones stolen *

  • Only 23% tried to locate their devices using tracking software.
  • Only 13% would wipe their devices using the web.
  • 61% had to call their mobile service provider to disable their device.

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