iPhone Users More Likely to Become Phished than BlackBerry Owners

A survey conducted by anti-phishing software maker Trusteer found the first respondents to click on compromised links are those using smartphones, in particular iPhones.

Additionally, mobile Internet users are three times more likely than desktop users to give out personal information to scammers. Help Net Security points out it is often hard to see a link's URL in a smartphone browser window, which makes it near-impossible for mobile users to know what they are clicking on.

However, eight times as many iPhone than BlackBerry users click on fraudulent links, although both phones display URLs poorly. Help Net Security reasoned that one of the reasons may be that many Blackberry users, many of which are issued their device by a business, are more educated about social engineering attacks and thus less likely to click these links, and have better protection on their mail servers.

“Although we don't have any data to validate this theory, if in fact the iPhone is more commonly used in the private sector then this is a very plausible reason for these findings,” the news site said.

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