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Smartphone and PDA users unconcerned about viruses and hacks

Antony Savvas

Users of smartphones and PDAs are more concerned about losing their mobile device or having it stolen, than they are about the risks posed by viruses, hackers, and other IT security problems.

Online reseller WStore surveyed about 15,000 customers and found that only 15% of respondents were concerned about viruses and hacking, despite widespread publicity in the media about the threats.

Of greater concern was that their handheld might attract unwanted attention, with 32% saying they worry about it becoming a target for muggers or thieves.

Among those respondents who do not currently use a mobile computing device, there were several main reasons cited for not having one. These ranged from "handsets are too expensive" (30%), fears of work invading personal lives (35%), and a reluctance on the part of employers to provide devices for their workforce (37%).

Even so, 62% recognised that they are now better equipped to do their job more efficiently thanks to their handheld. The motivation to acquire a handheld was, for 59% of respondents, the need to stay in touch with work during regular periods of remote working.

Although 52% of respondents said they use their handheld only for business purposes, 40% said it was used for a mix of business and personal purposes.


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