Android users in UAE neglect security

Kaspersky warns of growing threat to poorly secured Android devices
Android users in UAE neglect security, Software

Share

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.
 

Webinar #2 | Register to attend - Intergenerational signalling consolidation for the 5G era

Join CommsMEA, Deutsche Telekom and NetNumber as they explore opportunities for intergenerational signalling consolidation for the 5G era. The webinar is free but can only be accessed by registering below in advance.

Editor's Choice

Emerson expands analytics platform for industrial enterprise-level wireless infrastructure management
Plantweb Insight platform adds two new Pervasive Sensing applications that manage wireless networks more efficiently with a singular interface to the enterprise
Digitalisation seen as a competitive advantage by Middle East private businesses
Nearly 80 per cent of private business leaders acknowledge that digitalisation can impact business sustainability
Etisalat introduces Multi-Access Edge Computing architecture delivering best-in-class video streaming performance for 5G networks
MEC architecture achieves performance gains of as much as 90% in video streaming, validating how ultra-low-latency applications will be delivered over 4G and 5G networks

Most popular

Don't Miss a Story