Phone Users Have Higher Tendency to Yield Personal Data to Phishing Sites

Bob Styran, IT audit expert
January 04, 2011 /

Since phishing websites are harder to detect when surfing the internet using mobile devices, phone users are threefold susceptible to attacks launched by phishers.

This was the outcome of a study conducted by Trusteer, a global provider of secure browser services. Trusteer reviewed the log files of website servers that host phishing sites and found out that phone users are more quick to follow links associated with emails they would receive usually from anonymous senders than computer users do.

Upon visiting these phishing sites, phone users immediately yield their most sensitive personal information, including log-in details,Trusteer noted. Trusteer said phone users have higher percentage to submit personal data based on the log files it studied upon.

Mickey Boodaei, chief executive officer at Trusteer, said that was so because mobile phone users have access to their gadgets, which cannot detect phishing sites, more often than to their computers.

In a study aimed to compare the number of times that iPhone and BlackBerry phone users access a phishing website, Trusteer found that iPhone users are more vulnerable to phishing as they access these sites eight times more often than BlackBerry users do.

Boodaei said Blackberry phone users have more precautionary measures not to click on the links associated with bogus emails and that they have a more secure mail servers. He added that BlackBerry phone users are more protected because their device promptly gives notification when clicking on a link that redirects to a phishing website.

Boodaei warned phone users who are used to accessing their bank accounts through mobile devices to double check the security of their browsers and type the exact URL of the bank’s website.


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