New Zealand consumers unaware of threats to their security through their mobile devices New research from Trend Micro reveals people aren’t always aware of the security concerns around browser settings, social media, Wi-Fi hotspots and free software

Auckland, New Zealand – 21 May 2015 –The latest New Zealand-based research conducted by Trend Micro has found that New Zealanders spend on average five hours per day on the internet using mobile devices, but only 36 percent of consumers have installed security software on to their smartphones. This leaves them open to a range of mobile threats.

“The results of our New Zealand consumer survey show that consumers are under the impression a security breach won’t happen to them on a personal level," said Tim Falinski, Consumer Director at Trend Micro ANZ. “When our research found consumers were spending five hours on mobile internet every day – even though two thirds don’t use mobile security software – it makes the size of the risk very clear. Consumers need to be aware that their everyday activities on their mobile devices may lead to a new pathway for individuals to exploit their data and personal information."

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