Smartphone sharing with intimate partners: Implications for telecommunications consumer cybersecurity
ACCAN funded project
Molly Dragiewicz & Jeffrey Ackerman
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
While cybersecurity self-help advice is readily available to consumers, most resources are focused on preventing unintended sharing of devices, passwords, accounts, and personal information. This advice is ill-suited to intimate relationship contexts where sharing is common. A lack of baseline knowledge about smartphone-sharing practices and the reasons
behind them has hampered Australian efforts to strengthen consumer cybersecurity. This study will create a new evidence base to understand everyday consumer smartphone sharing in intimate relationships using a survey and interviews with diverse consumers. This information is needed to improve privacy protections and cybersecurity for all Australians.