Survey: Smartphone Users More Likely to Suffer Identity Fraud

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A new Javelin survey of 5,000 smartphone users has revealed that 7% became identity-fraud victims in 2011.

Smartphone users are 33% more likely overall to fall prey to identity fraud than the general public.

The survey results explain that smartphones are simply minicomputers that store vast quantities of personal information, and many users don’t protect their smartphones the way they do laptops and PCs.

“Consumers must be vigilant and in control of their personal data as they move toward these new mobile and social technologies that are putting them at risk,” said James Van Dyke, president of Javelin.

The research also showed that 32% of smartphone owners do not update to new operating systems, and 62% do not use a password on their home screen. If anyone steals or finds their lost smartphone, that personal information is easily accessible.

 

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.