Cell Phone Security: User Awareness of Security Issues and Mobile Device Management

Cell Phone Security: User Awareness of Security Issues and Mobile Device Management

Scott E. Mensch (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA) and LeAnn Wilkie (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSITA.2018070102


People use smartphones for a variety of purposes. However, little is known about users' mobile security awareness. This study examines mobile security behaviors of college students. The study's findings conclude that college students, while technologically savvy, may not take appropriate measures to protect their personal data from hackers and thieves.
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Recent studies have found the use of smart phones in the United States has increased dramatically in the past half-decade. During this same time span, the amount of cellular data dedicated to Internet searches and e-commerce has also increased. In 2015 it was found that 64% of American adults owned a smartphone (Smith, 2015). This is approximately a 35% increase from 2011. Pew Research has found that this number of smart phone users has increased to 77% in a 2017 study (Mobile Fact Sheet, 2017). Smart phone use in the United States is also expected to rise by 38 million users from 2015 to 2018 (Smith, 2015). The amount of smart phone users between the age of eighteen and twenty-nine was 92%, while the amount of smart phone users between thirty and forth nine remained relatively close at 88% (Mobile Fact Sheet, 2017).

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