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Black Friday or Hack Friday?

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With just hours to go before Black Friday shopping begins, more people will be using mobile devices to make their purchases.

A national advertising survey finds Houston is top in the country for using smartphones and tablets for purchases and product research.  More than half of us use them to help make decisions while shopping.

But that trend comes with risk as hackers increasingly target mobile devices with programs that steal information.  PC Magazine notes the number of malware programs identified for mobile devices increased six-fold in the last year.

"When you use your mobile, you probably would have more personal information, you might have more credit card data, you have lots of apps store information about you where you are at, what you're doing, what you've looked at. So there are a few vulnerabilities important to understand," Software security expert J.R. Smith said.

To help protect yourself, experts suggest using the security functions included with mobile devices and downloading an anti-virus app.

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