48% of Tablet Users Are Transferring Sensitive Data Compared to 30% of Smartphone Users, According to New Survey from FuzeBox

Those Over 35 And Women Are Less Trusting of Mobile Security

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San Francisco (Vocus/PRWEB) March 10, 2011

48% of online American adults who own and use a tablet PC have transferred sensitive data over these devices compared to 30% of smartphone users who have done so on their smartphone. Age and gender also skew widely on sensitive data transfer over mobile devices according to a new online survey conducted January 27-31, 2011 among 2,364 U.S. online adults aged 18+ by Harris Interactive and sponsored by FuzeBox. This new research demonstrates consumers are using tablets in similar capacities to PC computers, with men and younger audiences finding mobile security more trustworthy.

Sensitive data

Of online adults who own and use a tablet:

  •     48% transfer sensitive data
o    42% transfer sensitive data for personal use
o    20% transfer sensitive data for business/professional use

Of online adults who own and use a smartphone:

  •     30% transfer sensitive data
o    26% transfer sensitive data for personal use
o    14% transfer sensitive data for business/professional use.

Subgroup Differences

Based on the results of the survey it appears that men are generally more likely to own/use these devices, and to use them to transfer sensitive data.

Of those who own and use a smartphone and/or tablet PC for personal and/or business/professional use:

  •     Men are more likely than women to say they are at least confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their smartphone or tablet PC (47% vs. 34% respectively).
  •     Younger adults aged 18-34 (52%) are more likely than adults aged 35-44 (41%), 45-54 (28%) and 55+ (33%) to be at least confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their smartphone or tablet PC.

Of those who own and use a smartphone:

  •     Adults ages 18-34 (37%), 35-44 (33%) and 45-54 (21%) are more likely than those aged 55+ (9%) to use it to transfer sensitive data.

Of those who own and use a tablet PC:

  •     Adults ages 18-34 (61%) and 35-44 (56%) are more likely than those ages 45-54 (33%) and 55+ (20%) to use it to transfer sensitive data.

Of those who own and use a smartphone and/or tablet PC:

  •     Those who use it for business/professional use are more likely to be at least confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their smartphone or tablet PC than those who use it for personal use (52% vs. 42% respectively).

Confidence in mobile security

Of adults who own and use a tablet or smartphone:

  •     18% are extremely/very confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their device(s).
  •     15% are not at all confident in the security of the data that is being transferred over their device(s).

“We have effectively entered the post PC era. 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,” says Jeff Cavins, CEO of FuzeBox.”

About the survey

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of FuzeBox, from January 27 to 31, 2011 among 2,364 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact kayvan(at)vscconsulting(dot)com

About Harris

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris Interactive specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisinteractive.com.

About FuzeBox

FuzeBox is a leading platform provider of real time visual collaboration applications for millions of end users across various businesses. Its applications - Fuze Meeting, Fuze Messenger, Fuze Movie and Tweetshare - allow people to communicate, collaborate and share content from any device, anywhere in the world. Fuze Meeting is a mobile and web-based collaboration service that features integrated audio conferencing as well as high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing. The company's technology is based on a real-time visual communications platform that converges telephony, high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing across the enterprise, the web and mobile networks. FuzeBox, and its subsidiary Callwave have been awarded and holds 22 patents, with over 44 more pending in the fields of telephony, web and visual media technologies to transform how professionals and individuals communicate. For more information, please visit http://www.fuzebox.com.

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    VSCpr for FuzeBox
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