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Survey reveals UAE internet users avoid online shopping

75% of those surveyed worry internet is "unsafe" and "too risky"

An annual survey performed by security solutions provider Symantec indicates that 75% of UAE internet users avoid online shopping because they believe it is "unsafe" and "too risky".

Meanwhile, out of those that do perform transactions online, a supposed 78% do so without any security systems in place.

Around 400 UAE residents were involved in the survey.

Con Mallon, EMEA Consumer Product Marketing Director, Symantec Corporation said the results "demonstrate a lack of willingness on the part of the consumer to be pro-active when it comes to protecting themselves from online hackers even though there are a number of easy to install security solutions available".

Symantec's survey follows a fairly positive survey conducted by the Arab Advisors Group in the second half of 2007, which showed the UAE to have the highest e-commerce penetration in the region at 25.1% of the total population.

The next highest nation was Saudi Arabia at 14.3%, followed by Kuwait at 10.7% and Lebanon at 1.6%.

While the UAE had the highest per capita online expenditure, Lebanon managed the highest expenditure per user, most likely due to its user base largely consisting of wealthy early adopters.

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