Four in ten (40 percent) smartphone users in According to a release, the online survey, conducted in August by
In addition, survey finding include:
Many smartphone users reported sharing data that can leave them susceptible to identity theft and other identity fraud dangers. Users are engaging in several compromising behaviors that may leave them at risk to fraudulent activity:
-44 percent of smartphone users have a personal banking or finance app on their smartphone.
-35 percent of those who have a social networking app on their smartphone allow the app to know the GPS location of their phone when downloading the app.
-36 percent of those surveyed have not utilized protection such as a PIN, tracking software, and/or remote wiping capabilities for their smartphone.
"It's clear that the majority of those surveyed don't take simple steps to secure their devices," said
Despite the prevalence of identity theft, users don't see their smartphones as the biggest risk. Seventy-one percent of users agree that losing their wallet is a bigger risk for identity theft than losing a smartphone. Further, 36 percent of participants believe they are more likely to have their car stolen than their identity stolen. However, based on an annual survey published by Javelin Strategy & Research, identity fraud affected 12.6 million adult consumers in 2012, while, according to the
-Protect the device with a strong password. Do not use date of birth or banking PIN as a password.
-Do not allow downloaded apps to access GPS location.
-Ensure all apps use different usernames and passwords.
-Wipe all personal information from the device before replacing or upgrading.
The online study was conducted
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Four in ten (40 percent) smartphone users in
According to a release, the online survey, conducted in August by