Kaspersky: One in three UAE smartphone and tablet users rejects mobile banking

More than a third of UAE users do not feel safe making e-payments on their smartphones or tablets, according to research from Kaspersky.

They do not trust the reliability of mobile device protection when shopping or banking online, according to research conducted by B2B International in conjunction with Kaspersky Lab.

The survey shows that 37 percent of respondents in the UAE would never use a mobile device for making online transactions, such as paying for goods in online stores.

Meanwhile, 27percent of smartphone and tablet owners do not feel comfortable using their devices for online banking.

And only 22 percent of tablet and 27 percent of smartphone users globally are unconcerned about entering financial information from their gadgets.

Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system and most frequently attacked by cybercriminals.

99 percent of all existing mobile malware samples are developed for Android, according to Kaspersky Lab. In 2012, the company's experts found 35,000 malware samples for Android.

These numbers have persuaded some users to ditch these devices altogether, never mind using them for online financial transactions -- 24% of those surveyed in the UAE reported they would not use Android for this particular reason.

Fake Android apps for online banking operations, phishing attacks, and malicious attacks developed to intercept the data users enter via the keyboard are some of the malicious tools that have often been used to attack the owners of Android-based devices.

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