Despite viewing them as “priceless”

High levels of malware have not convinced Australians to protect their mobiles.  New research from Intel Security showed that two-thirds of Australian adults surveyed do not have security software installed to protect their mobiles, even though they considered the device “priceless”. 

Mobile malware is on the rise, growing 151% over the past year with the number of new mobile malware samples in in Q2, 2016, the highest ever recorded.  Tasmanian residents are the least protected with only 26% having security software installed while residents in the ACT are most protected (47%).

When it comes to smartphone ownership, Australia is ranked second behind South Korea.