Title:A Study on the User Perception and Awareness of Smartphone SecurityYear: 2014

Authors: Ramakrishnan Raman, Dhanya Pramod
Journal: International Journal of Applied Engineering Research
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Research India Publications
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There is an unprecedented growth in demand for the smartphone market in the last decade. This paved the way for an upward trend in the usage of smartphones for personal and official communication, gaming and online shopping. Smartphones have become part and parcel of the modern-day lifestyle. The personalization features offered by vendors are making a higher number of transactions to happen via smartphone. This essentially increases the security concerns of smartphone users, and there is a need to understand if the users are aware of security issues with mobile devices, especially smartphones. This study explores the reasons which make youngsters in the age group of 20 to 30 years to use smartphones, the security threats of smartphones, smartphone security awareness, the user’s perception on security and the level of security configurations by users on their mobile devices. The study also explores to find if there is a significant difference in the awareness of smartphone security among youngsters who are Information Technology (IT) graduates and others from a non-IT education background. The paper also attempts to find whether there is a difference in attitude towards managing security features in mobile phones between genders.