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Aussies Want More Secure Phones

Australians are putting the mobile industry on notice, with more than half expressing concerns about their devices’ security.

In the first ANZ Smartphone and Data Security Report from HMD Global, manufacturer of Nokia, 52 per cent of respondents said they are concerned about security on their mobile phones, with 24 per cent calling for more transparency on how manufacturers handle their data. More than a third – 37 per cent – add that they have no idea in which country their data is stored.

Additionally, Australians are looking for more separation between their digital home and work lives, with 22 per cent of all employees wanting secure work phones and 77 per cent saying they would use a separate work phone if provided by their employer. Younger generations are more keen on separate work phones, with 54 per cent of Gen Z workers wanting one compared to 31 per cent of Baby Boomers.

According to James Robinson, HMD Global Country Manager ANZ, the report highlights the need for a conversation about the role individuals and manufacturers play in smartphone security.

“These findings are a wake-up call to both: giving a hefty nudge to the industry to focus on the security of our customers – while empowering everyone to not only demand better from phone manufacturers but also, take simple steps towards keeping safe and connected,” he said.

The report, conducted online for HMD Global by YouGov, surveyed 1,020 Australians and 616 New Zealanders aged 18 years or older between Thursday 13th August and Monday 17th August 2020.

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