UAE residents fail to have password protected devices; research
Kaspersky Lab reveals although people are aware of the threat from cybercriminals they fail to protect their data
Kaspersky Lab has identified that smartphone owners in the UAE are risking their data by failing to protect their devices with passwords.
The research found that whilst most individuals (77%) in the UAE understand that cybercriminals and hackers are a threat to their data, not everyone has such security measures in place.
Kaspersky Lab's research found that 68% of respondents have a password for their smartphones, 46% for their tablets and 52% for their computers.
Respondents also revealed that the threat of cybercriminals and malware is considered to be a high risk to their data, however, only 10% have a general security solution on their devices.
Furthermore, the security firm states that there is a disconnect between user perception, the reality of reckless behaviour and its impact. Research shows that the data people cherish are photos and videos, however 62% of smartphone owners said that they have lost this data in the past.
Andrei Mochola, head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab said: "Precious data that we save on the digital devices we use every day is not getting the protection it deserves. With so much trust placed in devices to safeguard our memories and information, it is important that the security measures that individuals rely on are able to adapt to the scenario and keep them safe - no matter what the device or where they use it.
"Reliance on multiple devices to store what matters most, calls for a more robust and reliable approach. Only then can all points of vulnerability be covered and any gaps in user knowledge or unintentional data mishaps be taken care of. "
Kaspersky Lab advises users to back up their data to the cloud, encrypt their personal information and keep devices password protected with the help from a password manager.