Security an after-thought for mobile shoppers

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Despite the recent surge in mobile shopping shoppers do not have security in place to protect the identity and credit card data stored on the devices, but they’re not going to lose any sleep over it, according to a new survey from

Tripwire

.

The survey which looked at the attitudes of 1000 consumers revealed that 32 percent of respondents have their mobile device linked to their bank or credit card, yet almost half of those do not have any security on their mobile, and 39 percent of respondents believe the convenience of mobile shopping overrides security concerns. The study also revealed that 36 percent of consumers have their mobile phone linked to their corporate network, yet 18 percent of these people also do not have any security installed on their device.

In response to the findings, Gavin Millard, Tripwire’s EMEA technical director, said: “The results from our survey highlight the fact that consumers are still not recognising that cybercriminals are targeting mobile devices to collect personal information and for financial gain."

"Because mobile devices are linked to corporate networks and credit cards whilst storing a huge amount of private data, there is a much greater need to keep them secure and protected. Adding a PIN to your lock screen, checking the validity of apps before installing them, and

ensuring the SSL certificates on shopping sites are correct

is easy to do and will help keep the data stored on mobile devices safe from cybercriminals.”

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