Team shortlist05 Sep 2017 AT 11:23 AM

Apparently 30 percent of UAE phone users do not use a password

Kaspersky Lab’s findings are scary…
Team shortlist05 Sep 2017 AT 11:23 AM
Security, Cybercrime
Security, Cybercrime
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Ask anyone you know if you can use their phone and their immediate response would either be to quickly close as many apps as possible and put it on flight mode, or just respond with a firm "NO."

The latter is a response that you can expect from all of us on the ShortList team – everyone has a password on their phone in this office. In fact, if there was an app offering another layer of protection where if someone else touched your phone it would spontaniously combust, we'd download it. In fact, there's a business idea...


That said, a new study conducted by Kaspersky Lab has found that over 30 percent of people living in the UAE do not have passwords for their phones (WHAT?!) while 46 percent do not use a security code for their tablets and over 50 percent do not password protect their computers…

Apple's six figure passcode system

We can't be alone in thinking this is lax... we're not a particularly shady bunch, but imagine your mate texted you a really innapropriate joke while someone was looking at your phone. And that's not the worst thing, what about the faceless beings on the internet who want to steal your information? Given that over 77 percent of those surveyed stated that they are aware of the various malware, hacking and fraud cases out there, it's obviously a common concern.

Surprisingly, the study found that while a vast majority of the local population are aware of the threat posed by cybercriminals and malware, only 10 percent have a general security solution installed on their devices.

“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,” said Kaspersky Lab’s head of consumer business, Andrei Mochola.

According to the study, the data deemed most “precious” was photos and videos of loved ones, which incidentally over 60 percent revealed was the most common piece of information that they’d lost from their phones – now, if you encrypted it and uploaded it to a secure storage space, this probably wouldn’t have happened.

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