PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance Release Results of New Mobile Security Survey [Manufacturing Close - Up]
(Manufacturing Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance unveiled the results from a new Zogby Poll highlighting the latest trends, concerns and misperceptions around mobile security and commerce.
According to a release, the survey is in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an effort that educates millions of people each year about the importance of online safety and security.
"Mobile devices present unique security advantages including location information and biometric authentication. According to our survey, more than half of mobile consumers are comfortable using biometrics to authenticate themselves on mobile devices. Many users do not realize that location information can help detect and prevent fraudulent transactions. For example, if a transaction takes place in San Francisco and another one in Dallas a few minutes later, we can investigate for suspicious activity," said Andy Steingruebl, Director of Ecosystem Security, PayPal. "NCSAM presents a great opportunity for PayPal and the NCSA to educate consumers on mobile security, and highlight the continued innovation across the industry to keep users safe online."
The national survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults underscores how deeply entrenched in American's daily lives mobile devices have become. For example, two-thirds of the people surveyed told us that their smartphone is never further than one room away, and one in ten said they keep their phone handy everywhere they go, with the possible exception of the bathroom. In addition, the survey highlighted the growing importance of mobile devices as a tool for shopping, with one in four respondents reporting that they complete at least one transaction per day on their smartphone, while one in six say they make at least 25 percent of all their purchases on their smartphone.
The survey also uncovered a general sense of unease about the security of financial information on mobile devices if lost or stolen and made it clear that many people aren't taking the steps necessary to use their mobile devices safely.
For example, nearly 70 percent of Americans believe that storing payment information on their smartphone is unsafe. At PayPal, customers' information is securely stored in the cloud. The survey also found that 63 percent of people do not have a clear idea about what financial information is stored on their smartphones and more than half don't lock their mobile device with a PIN.
"The survey results clearly indicate that consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct transactions," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "However, they also show that consumers need to get more active about mobile security, especially around basic security measures such as adding a PIN code or password to their devices and understanding what kinds of information their devices store."
The survey found that many people are open to new approaches to mobile security that would increase their safety. In particular, there are indications that many people are willing to take advantage of biometric technology to protect themselves against mobile security threats. The survey found that Americans are overwhelmingly comfortable replacing passwords with newer security technologies such as fingerprint identification (53 percent) and retinal scans (45 percent).
In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSA and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the national cyber security education and awareness campaign, developed a "Safety & Security Tips On the Go" brochure, which has more information about mobile security. It's available at: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/resources/.
Now in its 10th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber- incident.
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Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the National Cyber Security Alliance is to educate a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protect themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share.
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