Welcome to Cyber Security Awareness Month, the annual October program run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to highlight the central role that the Internet plays in our connected digital lives and provide people with resources to help protect their safety and security in the online world.
This year’s Cyber Security Awareness Month activities emphasize a different theme each week. Week two focuses on mobile security. As a leader in mobile payments, PayPal is excited to play a role in NCSA’s efforts to help people understand what they can do to stay secure when they are connected to the Internet on a mobile device. After all, mobile commerce is a vital—and fast growing—part of our business. We know that to achieve our vision of fast, friction free payments, it’s essential that consumers feel safe and secure when they use their mobile devices to shop.
As part of our support for Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have been working with NCSA to get a clearer picture of how people use are really using their mobile devices today, and to find out what they do—and don’t—know about the safety issues they might face. So, in partnership with NCSA, we commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults in the United States.
The results of that study underscore just how deeply entrenched in our daily lives mobile devices have become. For example, two-thirds of the people we contacted told us that their smartphone is never further than one room away, and one in ten said they keep their phone handy everywhere they go, with the possible exception of the bathroom. In addition, the survey highlighted the growing importance of mobile devices as a tool for shopping, with one in four respondents reporting that they complete at least one transaction per day on their smartphone, while one in six say they make at least 25 percent of all their purchases on their smartphone.
Read about the rest of the survey results at the PayPal Forward Blog.