An AVG Technologies study of 5,000 mobile device users indicated some improvement in the secure use of their smartphones and tablets. The study conducted in the UK, US, France, Germany and Brazil indicated that “fewer than 40 percent use their device for either online shopping (35 percent) or online banking (38 percent).” The bad news is that 40 percent of mobile users are still using their devices in this high-risk manner. The good news in this data is that 60 percent don’t use their devices for high-risk online shopping and banking transactions. A glimmer of hope.
Mobile users are the latest target for cybercrime phishing schemes that result in the mobile devices being infected with, primarily, banking malware that, like its computer and Internet predecessors, is trained to empty bank accounts. So…if 60 percent of those surveyed admit to using high-risk transactions, (probably a conservative number because some probably didn’t want to admit that they do) that ends up being a large, lucrative target for cybercrime organizations to pillage. See Shopping With Mobile Devices?, and Target: Mobile Devices.
It’s no wonder that millions of mobile users are shopping and banking with their mobile devices; because the shopping and banking industries are spending huge sums of money on advertising campaigns encouraging the use of mobile phones for shopping and for banking transactions. And apparently, the cyber crooks are laughing all the way to the bank.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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