In 2017, nine in ten computer users indicated that their computer is protected with some sort of security software, such as an antivirus program or firewall. This share is slightly more than half among mobile phone users (52 percent). Almost one-quarter (24 percent) of mobile phone users participating in the survey said there is no security software installed on their device at all. This holds true for 4 percent of the computer users.
|Computer (%)||Mobile phone or smartphone (%)|
|Installed by themselves or someone else||54||20|
|Included in operating system or installed automatically||35||32|
|Not aware of security status||7||24|
|No security software in place||4||24|
|*For private purposes|
One-quarter unfamiliar with security status of mobile device
In 2017, nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of the people with a mobile phone reported that they did not know whether their mobile device was protected with any form of security software. Of those using a computer, 7 percent indicated they actually did not know.
The largest share of people who were unfamiliar with the protection status of their mobile phone or computer was found among 12 to 24-year-olds and people aged 65 or older.
|Categories||Included in operating system or installed automatically (%)||Installed by themselves or someone else (%)||No security software in place (%)||Unfamiliar with security status (%)|
|Mobile phone or smartphone|
|12 to 24 yrs||30||17||25||28|
|25 to 44 yrs||34||19||29||19|
|45 to 64 yrs||34||24||19||23|
|65 yrs or older||29||19||23||30|
|12 to 24 yrs||35||48||6||11|
|25 to 44 yrs||36||54||6||5|
|45 to 64 yrs||33||58||2||6|
|65 yrs or older||39||52||1||8|
|*For private purposes|
Women less likely to be familiar with security status
There are considerable discrepancies in the results between male and female respondents. Of the women, 31 percent did not know whether their mobile device was equipped with security software, versus a lower share among men: 17 percent.
It should be noted that it is unknown whether those not aware of their mobile device protection status indeed do not have security software on their device. In any case, it had not been installed by them.
Mobile phones more likely to have standard security software
Mobile phone users - more so than computer users - rely on security software which has been supplied as part of the operating system. The majority of computer users (54 percent) reported in 2017 that security software had been installed by themselves or someone else. This share was lower among mobile phone users (20 percent). Most users (32 percent) mentioned that the only security software already in place was part of the operating system provided.