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Close to one third of Australian adults have lost a mobile phone or had one stolen, according to a survey from security specialist F-Secure. And it says Aussie men are more careless than women, with 39 per cent of males losing a phone, compared with 26 per cent of women.

On the other hand, women are more likely to lose their phone in pubs: 17 per cent versus 10 per cent of men, F-Secure found.

The company, which markets security software for mobile phones, quizzed more than 1000 Australians for its 2010 Australian Mobile Security Survey.

It found men and women in the 18-24 age group were most likely to have experienced loss or theft of their mobiles, at 51 per cent. Tasmanians were the least likely to be affected at 20 per cent, and the ACT had the highest rate of incidents with 45 per cent.

Most losses happened in taxis or public transport (28 per cent), followed by holidays (18 per cent) and pubs and bars (13 per cent).

The F-Secure survey is designed to promote the company’s Mobile Security 6 software, which is said to allow users to lock their phone, erase confidential data remotely by sending an SMS ­ and in some cases locate a missing handset.

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