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Survey: More Confidential Data on Tablets Than Phones

The bigger the screen on a mobile device, the more confidential data that is passing through it.

That was the finding of a Harris Interactive survey that’s being released later today. The poll, of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, found that 48 percent of tablet users are viewing or transmitting sensitive information on their devices. That compares to some 30 percent of respondents that reported such information was passing through their smartphones.

Both work and personal information is clearly finding its way on to both tablets and smartphones, though more of those surveyed said they had confidential personal information than reported having sensitive business data.

Dig down a level and the survey found that men are more likely than women to be confident in the security of their data on a tablet or smartphone. The same goes for the young, as compared to those who are older, according to the survey, which was done by Harris on behalf of Fuzebox.

However, there are plenty of people at both ends of the spectrum on this question. About 18 percent of those surveyed are either extremely or very confident in the security of the data being transferred on their device, while 15 percent said that they are not at all confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their devices, whether tablet or smartphone.

“As the use of tablets increase across the world, mobile security will become a vitally important factor in the delivery of services to these platforms, especially as users more willingly trust these devices for sensitive and private information,” Fuzebox CEO Jeff Cavins said in a statement. Fuzebox makes collaboration and communications software that runs on various types of computing platforms, including mobile devices.


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