Security firms amplified as consumers utilize mobile devices for shopping

Security firms amplified as consumers utilize mobile devices for shopping

Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly popular platform for online shopping, but some experts suggest making transactions via smartphones and tablets also heightens exposure to mobile security problems.

According to a recent report by an internet security provider, shopping on mobile devices without a security app installed, or purchasing products through insecure online payment systems, can leave consumers vulnerable to malware, identity theft and personal data loss.

"We're just a few days into the official holiday season, and already mobile devices are emerging as a major force, but we feel security considerations aren't keeping pace with the rise in mobile shopping and mobile gifting," said internet security expert Melih Abdulhayoglu.

Consumers should ensure that mobile devices have updated security software before transmitting credit card information to ecommerce websites or shopping applications, the report said.

According to a recent Shop.org study, 14.5 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers expected to utilize a smartphone or tablet for at least some shopping tasks, an increase from 6.9 percent last year. Additionally, IBM reported that mobile sales on Cyber Monday increased from 2.3 percent of online transactions in 2010 to 6.6 percent this year.