Four Times More Consumers Consider Mobile Payments Safer Than Credit Cards

It’s hard to put a price tag on security and privacy, but a recent study of consumers’ online and mobile purchasing attitudes conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research and PaymentOne ( found 4 out of 5 consumers would spend more online if offered an easier and more secure way to pay. The survey also found that by a margin of almost 4 to 1, consumers believe direct carrier billed mobile payments are more secure than using credit and debit cards for online digital purchases.

How to beat 2012's web threats

Today’s online dangers are more likely to come from organised criminal gangs than script-writing hacker kids. A malware infection could empty your bank account and damage your computer. These crooks are hunting down your private information, which includes much more than just your bank details.

Do You Speak Securitese? Five Security Terms You Should Know

Like many other topics we cover here at PCWorld, security has a language of its own. Listening to a group of security experts carry on a conversation, for instance, can be a frustrating experience for mere mortals. And sometimes, technical jargon seeps into everyday security news. Knowing what the following five key security terms mean, however, can help you stay better informed about the threats around you.

How to Curb ID Theft

Identity theft is a growing a concern, though the roots of ID theft have been strangling us for years.

Now, however, fraudsters have perfected ID theft by connecting dots of consumer information from numerous sources, such as Facebook profiles, cell phone records, snail-mail addresses and e-mail accounts.

As Kids Go Online, Identity Theft Claims More Victims

Imagine learning that your ten-year-old child owns a home somewhere across the country or that your toddler owes thousands of dollars in income taxes for a job he or she has never held. If those scenarios seem unfathomable, they’re all too real for families whose children are victims of identity theft.

Identity Theft: Moving Toward Trusted Identities

In an effort to alleviate one of the biggest issues in online security—the problem of secure online authentication—the Obama administration recently issued its final National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The goal is to partner with private sector entities to implement the strategy; that initiative is being led by the Commerce Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). If it works, it could help reduce online fraud and identity theft and spur commerce, according to government officials.


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