Consumers ignore security risks and turn to mobile for their holiday shopping

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by ronjor, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    By Ian Barker
     
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    What total clickbait nonsense. The idea that a user is somehow less safe using a mobile device (which is usually locked down, sandboxed, and stuck into a walled garden) is then a bigger security risk than say, loading up your Windows XP laptop with 10 different copies of malware, is ridiculous.

    Consumers are safer than ever shopping from mobile, because most of them don't go around installing arbitrary apps from 3rd party stores. So, the big scary boogeyman of Android malware hardly applies.

    Saying 82% of people feel secure shopping on mobile. NO BLOODY WONDER. They don't have to paranoidly think about anti virus, or firewalls, or other nonsense they'd need to think about when using a laptop.

    "Shockingly", this entire article is basically a paid article for the company Trustlook.
     
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    I am more concerned with people doing financial transactions over free public Wi-Fi than I am concerned on what platform they are using.
     
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    I hope by now that all banks (and banking apps) implement TLS encryption, or do you mean payments/shopping carts etc? I'd like to hope most of those are encrypted by now also.
     
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    I agree that public wifi is one of the big risks. I don't believe most users who connect to public wifi understand that they are transmitting data in the open. The quoted article is not very useful since it only mentions the need for a "mobile security app". The author could have gone into a little detail and explained the need for both AV and VPN.
     
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    I second that....and remember TLS 1.0 is no good anymore. check your browsers SSL 3, 2 and TLS 1.0.....He GONE. (unchecked)
     
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    That's a very broad claim. If we assume that "most users" will browse Facebook, read their gmail, and send some whatsapp messages, then nothing is unencrypted.

    You try to paint a doomsday scenario with a Norton article, do you see the problem with that? Norton feeds off doomsday talk.

    Thanks to major efforts to push encryption (such as LetsEncrypt) the risk of open WiFi networks in negligible compared to what it was 5 years ago.
     
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    Both. Personally, I would rather use my own mobile data for such transactions.
     
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