Australia worst in the world for mobile app threats

Australia is the country with the highest percentage of mobile app threats detected, according to new research.

Endpoint-to-cloud security provider Lookout has released the latest results of its Lookout App Threats Map, a threat intelligence index based on analysis of more than 160 million applications across the globe. 


The latest data reveal that, globally, Australians are the population most exposed to mobile app threats on a per-device basis, and iPhone users are significantly more likely to download a risky application than an Android user.

“Australians may have become complacent when it comes to downloading applications to their phones, at a time when risks are higher than ever,” says Don Tan, Senior director of Asia Pacific and Japan, Lookout. 

“Across the nation they’ve been using their phones to check in, order food and more – this common usage of phones has perhaps bred a complacency about the applications they’re downloading. But they need to become more vigilant than ever.”

The Lookout App Threats Map is derived from anonymous telemetry data extracted from the Lookout Security Graph. The Security Graph analyses telemetry data from more than 200 million devices and 160 million apps, ingesting and analysing more than four million URLs every day. By leveraging artificial intelligence, Lookout protects customers against phishing, app, device and network threats in a manner that respects user privacy. The use of machine learning on data enables Lookout MES to automatically detect threats before they’ve been seen.     

Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security creates a fingerprint of each mobile device and compares this with data from more than 185 countries to continuously monitor and protect against mobile risks. The map’s current data covers the period from February 2021 to March 2022.

“Crimes targeting smartphone users can seem low-risk and invisible until we see Australia on a map, coloured in red, with the highest number of application threats compared to its global counterparts. That’s when it starts to become very real,” says Tan.

“People across Australia need to become more vigilant when downloading applications, or this…