9Securing the Smart Phone

A Motivational Model

Irina-Marcela Nedelcu and Murugan Anandarajan


Smart phone ownership has grown exponentially in the last decade. According to Pew Research, in 2013, 56% of American adults were smart phone owners (Smith, 2013). This number has substantially increased since 2011, when only 35% of American adults owned smart phones. In addition, people spend more time on their smart phones; in 2013, on average, a person spent 34 hours per month on his or her smart phone, a growth of 8 hours since 2012 (Fingas, 2014).

An increase in the ownership, functionality, and usage of Internet-connected devices has led to higher exposure to cybercrime (DeNisco, 2017). By 2020, it is expected that more than 21 ...

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