While the number of consumers using their phones to buy things continues to rise, the security of those transactions may be undermined by the behaviors of the individuals making them.
It turns out that mobile users are about 25% more likely than all consumers to use the same password to access more than one online account.
They also tend to use the same password for multiple accounts, with 62% of Android users and 63% of those with iOS phones using the same password for more than a single account.
This is based on a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research for Nok Nok Labs, which comprised a survey of 6,000 U.S. adults based on census demographics.
Whether using Android or iOS devices, the majority of consumers keeps their operating systems up to date. This is likely due to constant notifications from Google or Apple that an update is ready to download and install.
Consumers with Android or Apple phones have similar security habits, with a few exceptions.
For example, 42% of Android owners use antivirus software compared to 34% of iPhone owners. Here are the behaviors of Android owners:
A larger portion of iPhone owners use a password while changing passwords is about the same for both Apple and Android consumers. Here are the behaviors of iPhone owners:
Perhaps to the chagrin of many financial institutions and retailers, much of the mobile commerce security they desire rests in the palm of the individual.
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