More than 40% of Android-based smartphone and tablet owners in the UAE do not use any security software to protect their devices against cyber-threats, according to a survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in summer 2013.
Only 58% of smartphone and 57% of tablet owners in the UAE participating in the survey said that they have installed a security solution on their devices and are now using it. Other respondents relied on the limited security features integrated in the OS, or trust their own instincts to keep them safe.
Android has long been the most popular platform for ordinary users and the cybercriminals who use malware to steal from them.
For cybercriminals, Android is well-established as the top target among all mobile platforms. Indeed, according to Kaspersky Security Network, which accumulates data about urgent cyber-threats, 99% of current malware samples targeting mobile devices have been developed for the Android platform. And this threat is growing: Kaspersky Lab specialists detected 35,000 malicious samples for the whole of 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was over 47,000.
Cybercriminals are interested in the Android platform due to its popularity and functionality, according to Kaspersky.