INFOGRAPHIC: Users weighed down by multiple gadgets - survey reveals the most carried devices

Filed Under: Android, BlackBerry, Featured, iOS, Linux, Mobile, Operating Systems, OS X, Windows, Windows phone

DevicesIn January, we wrote about the crazy number of devices Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak takes with him on his travels around the world.

Then the Naked Security team counted up how many devices we each carried around every day... well, it was embarrassingly high.

So we decided to ask you, our wonderful readers, where you fit in to all of this. Are you device hogs like we are? More than 2,200 of you responded with your answers.

The eye-opening results are revealed in a new infographic, shown below.


  • The average user carries around 2.9 devices.
  • The highest number of devices carried by one person: 12!
  • Android beats iPhone by a teeny tiny whisker of popularity: 40.9% compared with 40.5%

Check out the trendy infographic for more facts:

Device infographic

Tips for keeping those devices safe

  • Love your phone or tablet? Lock them by enabling strong passcodes or passwords. One of the biggest barriers between a thief and a device’s data is its password. Learn how to create strong passwords that can be complex without being complicated.

(Enjoy this video? You can check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel and subscribe if you like.)

  • Keep all software updated, including your security software. Install and regularly update security software. Having out-of-date apps or an old version of the operating system could pose a security threat.

    Installing security applications can provide additional protection by encrypting sensitive data, help you retrieve lost or stolen devices and stop malware for little to no cost. Check out these free security tools.

  • Only carry the devices you need. This seems like a simple concept, but with the myriad of devices offering specific features and functionality, it's sometimes difficult to just limit ourselves to one or two. But the less you carry with you, the less you're likely to mislay or have a problem with.

And if you look after IT security at work and are concerned about your colleagues' devices, look into products that can protect all of your users' devices, regardless of platform, number or location.

Just when you thought you had enough devices...

We sought to add one more device to a lucky survey winner's collection - a sweet iPad Mini in homage to Steve Wozniak.

iPad winner SamBig congratulations to our survey winner, Sam of sunny California (that cool dude to the right)!

And get this: Sam's going to pay it forward and use this new gadget as a prize for his students at City College of San Francisco.

One of his lucky students will get their hands on this iPad Mini!

After all, where's the harm in having just *one* more gadget?

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4 Responses to INFOGRAPHIC: Users weighed down by multiple gadgets - survey reveals the most carried devices

  1. Blah · 938 days ago

    why is linux in same choice group as windows? surely it should include the non windows unix os smart phones from nokia and sony.. no?

    • Kimberly Truong · 937 days ago

      It's actually not. In the survey we listed them separately, but to allow for a better design of the infographic, we grouped Windows and Linux together (as Linux users were a small population of the overall respondent pool). Good question though!

  2. MikeP_UK · 938 days ago

    OK, but what about those of us who carry just a 'standard' mobile phone, not a smart phone, and nothing else? Or maybe just a laptop or netbook and non-smartphone mobile?
    Not everyone carries so much and not everyone sees any need for many of the devices, often seeing them as 'toys' rather than tools.

    • Kimberly Truong · 937 days ago

      Quite true! Some days I'd give anything to just have my old flip phone back and be done with all the distraction I get from my smartphone...

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Kimberly Truong, aka "Kimbot" by her team, likes to think she is more human than robot - although she does love 'robot' moves on the dance floor. Kim has been working in tech since 2008 and has been enjoying the company of this savvy crowd.