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Survey: More people using smartphones for payments

November 21, 2011

A recent survey revealed that significantly more people are using their mobile devices to research and buy gifts for the holiday season.

A recent survey revealed that significantly more people are using their mobile devices to research and buy gifts for the holiday season.

Webroot recently conducted a survey of 1,215 mobile device users and found that 50 percent said they would use the technology to buy gifts, significantly higher than the 22 percent that answered the same way last year.

It also showed that many people were not doing enough to keep information secure. The study found that 53 percent of users were leaving their devices unlocked, making them possible targets for thieves.

“People using mobile devices are exposed to a new set of online risks: cybercriminals seed mobile markets with malicious apps that can steal your personal data or send texts and SMS messages to premium numbers,” said Chad Bacher, vice president of mobile solutions at Webroot. “Mobile security services are now a must — lost device protection, secure web browsing, and antimalware provide essential protection.”

The merchant services industry has been adapting to wider usage of mobile phones as payment methods. More and more people have been using these devices as digital wallets, changing the face of commerce. 

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