Infected drives still problem for GCC: report
Survey shows 49% have encountered malware through flash device
Computer users regularly become victims of infected flash memory devices, with 49% of users in GCC reporting such incidents, according to a May 2012 survey conducted by O+K Research on behalf of Kaspersky Lab.
While established figures show that online malware is much more common, users who have confidence in their machine's security can still receive a virus through an infected USB stick from friends or family.
According to the survey, the issue of unauthorised data access affected 46% of GCC desktop and laptop users, 10% of tablet owners and 9% of smartphone users.
Another growing problem is the interception of packets on unsecure networks, such as public WiFi hotspots that are not secured by passwords. Researchers found that in the UAE, 39% of smartphone users and 34% of tablet owners use unsecured public networks. 17% of those with laptops also make use of free Wi-Fi. More than half of those polled said they used these networks at least two to three times a week.