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May 15, 2013 12:31 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Experts: Smartphones another avenue for hackers

MIAMI (AP) - Experts say smartphones are becoming increasingly popular not only with consumers, but also with scammers.

A recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says because smartphones are increasing in popularity so quickly, scammers are following suit. One study cited by the Fed found consumers are three times more likely to respond to a phishing email on a smartphone than they are on a computer. And many phone users don't use passcode locks or antivirus software.

Phone makers are planning new security devices, like built-in fingerprint scanners, into the next generation of smartphones. But officials warn that changing consumer behavior is still critical. They say smartphone users need to understand that their phone is really a computer and should be protected like one.


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