Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Study: Security Concerns Keep Users From Taking Full Advantage Of Mobile Devices

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Consumers may be pulling out their smartphones and PDAs in record numbers these days, but security worries often prevent users from getting all they can out of those devices, according to a study released yesterday.

According to a survey of more than 1,800 consumers by Harris Interactive and Cloudmark, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of mobile users are worried about the security of their devices.

Nearly half (46 percent) of these concerned device owners said worries about security prevented them from conducting activities on their mobile device. Respondents were particularly hesitant to engage in financial transactions, such as paying bills (73 percent), conducting banking activities (71 percent), and shopping (56 percent) using their mobile devices.

Seventy-nine percent of mobile device owners said they have never sent or received confidential information of any kind through their device.

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