A new PayPal-sponsored study shows where the gaps are in mobile security, and one exec refutes industry hype about mobile malware.
Are mobile devices actually safe? That's the question a new PayPal and National Cyber Security Alliance study is aiming to help answer. The study, based on a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults about their views on mobile device security and usage, shows where the shortfalls are in mobile security. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents did not actually know what types of financial data are stored on their own mobile devices, Andy Steingruebl, director of ecosystem security at PayPal, told eWEEK. Nearly half the survey respondents were nervous about losing their devices and whatever data might be on them, he added. While respondents were concerned about device loss or theft, Steingruebl noted that most users aren't taking even the most basic steps to actually protect their devices. More than half the survey respondents admitted to not using any type of device lock, Steingruebl said.