Few festival-goers protect cellphones

AFP-JIJI

Ninety-two percent of music festival-goers are more likely to bring a smartphone to an event than cash or ID, but many fail to guard against loss or theft, an industry survey indicates.

Symantec, maker of Norton security software, quizzed 6,500 adults in 11 countries who have attended large music events at least twice in the last two years to gauge the role of smartphones in their festival experience.

Twenty percent said they used their devices to present their admission tickets. However, 31 percent admitted failing to password-protect their smartphones, even if 35 percent have had their devices stolen, lost or misplaced.

Regionally, having a smartphone at a festival was regarded as most important in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and Mexico, the poll indicated.