Over 30% smartphone users in UAE don’t have a password

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Staff Report

Dubai – More than half of the respondents admit that their own inattentiveness can put their data safety at high risk.
While most UAE residents are aware of the risks of keeping unprotected data on their devices, only few of them have taken any measures to safeguard their personal information.
According to a research by Kaspersky Lab, more than three quarters of respondents (77 per cent) in the UAE agree that cybercriminals and hackers pose a high risk to their data, with 68 per cent saying malware is a high-risk threat. However, there exists a discrepancy between the concerns people have about the safety of their data, and the measures they take (or rather don’t take) to protect the data they love.
Worryingly, in the UAE, only around half protect their devices with a password, with 68 per cent using a password for their smartphones, 46 per cent for their tablets and 52 per cent for their computers. Worse still, 3 per cent of people don’t do anything to protect their data at all (22 per cent on tablets, 10 per cent on computers and 6 per cent on smartphones). And although the threat of cybercriminals and malware is considered by many to be a high risk to their data, only about 10 per cent have a general security solution on their devices.
Moreover, there is a disconnect between user perception — and the reality — of reckless behaviour, and its impact upon data risk. More than half (56 per cent) of people in the UAE admit that their own inattentiveness can put their data safety at high risk, yet when asked how they’ve lost data in the past, in one-in-five cases, users admitted they have actually accidentally deleted it themselves. This is second only to people losing data due to their device being damaged which happened in 21 per cent of the cases.
Andrei Mochola, head of consumer business at Kaspersky Lab said: “Precious data that we save on the digital devices we use every day is not getting the protection it deserves. With so much trust placed in devices to safeguard our memories and information, it is important that the security measures that individuals rely on are able to adapt to the scenario and keep them safe – no matter what the device or where they use it. Reliance on multiple devices to store what matters most, calls for a more robust and reliable approach. Only then can all points of vulnerability be covered and any gaps in user knowledge or unintentional data mishaps be taken care of.” – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com