More consumers shopping on mobile devices, most without security

More consumers shopping on mobile devices, most without security

Mobile devices are increasingly the platform of choice for online shopping, but the majority of consumers still don't have adequate mobile security software.

According to a recent National Cyber Security Alliance study, 72 percent of smartphone users have no security application, despite mobile malware threats rising 46 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year.

Fifty percent of consumers reported researching potential purchases on their smartphone during the past six months, while 27 percent shopped, 18 percent made mobile payments and 23 percent downloaded a banking application, the survey said.

"With this new convenience comes a new responsibility to practice vigilance this shopping season," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. "People must be aware of the risks they face when making purchases online and ensure that they are using sound judgment to protect their personal information and prevent the loss of data."

A recent Oracle Communications survey revealed only 21 percent of consumers feel "very comfortable" making a purchase on a mobile device. Meanwhile, 68 percent were either unsure or didn't believe data stored or transmitted on a smartphone was secure.