Posted: Dec 2, 2009 4:29 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Dec 2, 2009 9:58 PM
With holiday shopping in full swing, experts are warning consumers not to purchase items using their smart phones.
Most of them aren't equipped with virus protection. It could potentially make you an easy target for thieves.
"Smart phones really are small hand held computers," Trae Russell with Eatel said. "You have to take the same precautions that you would with a computer in your home."
Shoppers around town told News 2, they are aware of the concerns from hackers associated with keying in credit card numbers and storing passwords on their phones.
"I can't imagine doing it on my pohone," Theresa Doran said. "It seems like I would be too vulnerable."
Here are some tips to protect your phone.
Make sure you know the make and model of your phone.
Don't store credit card numbers or passwords in your phone.
Keep a pin number lock on your phone.
Don't purchase items using un-secured wireless networks.
Investigators with the United States Secret Service told News 2, it's tough to track down where personal information gets compromised. It is especially difficult when it happens from a smart phone. It's why they are warning you to know about the vulnerability.