Kaspersky: 35% of people in UAE are likely to accidentally share confidential data

According the study conducted by the global cybersecurity firm, many people risk sharing personal data through online communication channels.

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Kaspersky: 35% of people in UAE are likely to accidentally share confidential data Emm: “With so many devices and online channels at our fingertips it's never been easier to post an unguarded message or accidentally share information with the wrong people." (Getty Images)
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  June 13, 2016

Kaspersky Lab recently announced the results of a study that found people in the UAE are prone to sharing private information over the Internet in precarious circumstances.

According to the study, 35% of people are prone to sharing confidential data by accident. Furthermore, 18% choose to disclose personal details about themselves, despite being aware that information shared online can could damage their employment and personal relationships.

Commenting on the findings, David Emm, principal security researcher from Kaspersky Lab says: "Many consumers still struggle to translate risk awareness into caution when it comes to online activity. With so many devices and online channels at our fingertips it's never been easier to post an unguarded message or accidentally share information with the wrong people."

Additionally findings from the survey showed that people put themselves at risk by sharing personal data through online communication channels. Roughly 50% of people in the country share photos of themselves online, 46% share their contact details, 36% share sensitive personal details and 29% share work-related data online.

Survey results also found that 35% admitted to have accidentally shared confidential data, while 13% suffered as a result and faced consequences, such as lose of relationships, financial loss, as well as dismissal from their place of employment.

"If you are not cyber savvy enough, and you don't have the proper security and privacy safeguards in place, you could be left with shattered friendships and careers. Once it's online it's there forever - so if in doubt, keep it to yourself," warns Emm.

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