In today’s connected world, businesses are prime targets for cyber-attacks and unintentional missteps can result in critical exposure of consumers’ sensitive personal information. According to the 2018 Norton LifeLock Cyber Safety Insights Report, based on an online survey conducted by The Harris Poll of over 1,000 adults, shows that 4 out of 5 consumers (83 percent) in the UAE are more alarmed than ever about their privacy.
However, the majority accept certain risks to their online privacy out of convenience (57 percent) and are willing to sell or give away certain personal information, such as their location (75 percent) and internet search history (77 percent), to companies. The findings also show that consumers in the UAE are far more likely to be willing to pay to have their personal data protected than other consumers globally.
According to the research findings, 88 percent of UAE consumers believe it is important for companies to give customers control of how their personal data is used, while over a third (35 percent) believe it is absolutely essential. Adequate recourse is also expected when personal information is not protected. 40 percent of consumers believe it is absolutely essential that companies are required to provide a way for consumers to report misuse of their personal data, or consequently be fined.
The most trusted organisations in the country for managing and protecting personal information is the government with 64 percent trusting a lot, followed by healthcare providers at 41 percent and financial institutions with 35 percent. Retailers and social media providers are the least trusted with 16 percent and 14 percent respectively.
In contrast to other countries surveyed, UAE consumers are more willing to pay to have their personal data protected. 72 percent of consumers would be willing to make a payment to healthcare providers to ensure their personal information is protected and 71 percent said the same about financial institutions. In other countries surveyed, this willingness is significantly lower.
In Germany for example, less than 3 in 10 are willing to pay healthcare providers (28 percent) or financial institutions (28 percent) to protect their personal information. Further, most consumers in the UAE are willing to pay to have retailers (66 percent) and social media providers (61 percent) protect their information, compared to only 19 percent and 17 percent respectively in the Netherlands – highlighting a large discrepancy.
“Our cyber safety is inherently tied to trust,” said David Ribeiro, Head of Consumer Sales & Marketing, Middle East & Africa, Symantec. “Most consumers are aware their data is being captured from the websites they visit, the social media they share and the apps they use, and trust their information is being properly secured. However, these same consumers are often unaware how and why data is captured and what companies do with it. The sheer amount of personal information being collected about us shows no signs of slowing and there is greater value placed on it than ever before.”
What’s Next for Cyber Safety?
Over the last year alone, over 2.5 million UAE consumers – or 54 percent of the UAE adult population – have experienced one or more cyber-crimes. 59 percent of those said they have experienced the loss of at least some money. The report found that on average AED 1,568 were being lost, taking the toll to an estimated total of AED 4 billion in only 12 months.
The victims have spent an average of 11.4 hours resolving the issue and one in three (36 percent) even had to spend more than a week to resolve it completely. In fact, 67 percent of consumers expect to experience cyber-crime in the next 12 months.
There are several best practices consumers can follow to help safeguard against online threats:
- Never open suspicious-looking emails: Cyber criminals send fake emails or texts that may look legitimate. The links in these emails or texts contain malicious software that can download malware and spyware. The software may be able to mine your computer for personal information, which is then sent to a remote computer where the attacker could sell the information on the dark web or use the information to commit identity theft.
- Own your online presence: Carefully read the terms and conditions before opening an account or downloading an application, including social media accounts. Be sure to, set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing.
- Get two steps ahead and manage your passwords: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to help prevent unauthorised access to your online accounts. Always change the default passwords to something strong and unique on your devices, services, and Wi-Fi networks.
Additional UAE findings include:
- 93 percent of UAE consumers have taken measures to protect their information, including limiting information shared on social media, carefully reading the terms and conditions and changing default privacy setting on their devices.
- More than 1 in 3 (37 percent) have deleted a social media account due to privacy concerns in the past 12 months.
- 80 percent of parents of minors are concerned that their child will experience identity theft due to an action their child has taken (such as shared their personal information on social media or downloaded an app that could compromise their personal information), while 73 percent are concerned that the same might happen owning to an action they have not taken (such as not storing documents in a secure location or not monitoring their child’s online activities) and 68 percent are concerned they put their child directly at risk through their own actions.
SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Service to Leave Beta in October 2021
SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the company’s Starlink satellite internet network would come out of its open beta phase next month. That’s two months later than the August date Musk gave at Mobile World Congress, when he also said he expected the service to have “possibly over 500,000 users within 12 months.”
The Starlink system calls for a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbits that will beam continuous broadband internet service. A terminal costs $499 and there’s a $99 monthly fee for service. It opened its public beta test in October 2020, and Musk said in August that SpaceX had shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals, which includes a satellite dish and a Wi-Fi router, to users in 14 countries.
As the beta ends and more countries are able to get access to Starlink, that 100,000 number is likely to grow, although it’s hard to tell when it might reach the half-million mark that Musk predicted. Starlink’s internet service is planned to be sold directly to consumers in rural areas around the world, among other customers, and it’s touting 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds.
Xiaomi Announces the 11T, 11T Pro, and a Refreshed 11 Lite 5G NE
Xiaomi has announced the launch of three new smartphones – the 11T, 11T Pro, and a refreshed 11 Lite 5G NE. The new smartphones come with new photography and videography features such as the “Cinemagic” mode on the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro. The Xiaomi 11T Pro is the first smartphone to launch globally with the company’s 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology. The company claims that the technology will enable a 100% charge in just 17 minutes.
The smartphone also features the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform with AI features, and a triple camera set up with a pro-grade 108MP wide-angle, 2x tele-macro, and a 120° ultra-wide-angle lens. You also get capabilities with one-click AI Cinema modes, 8K recording, HDR10+, and DisplayMate A+ rated 6.67-inches FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED that is equipped with TrueColor and Dolby Vision. The smartphone also comes with Reading Mode 3.0 and dual speakers powered by Harman Kardon.
The Xiaomi 11T comes with Cinemagic mode and features a high-resolution triple camera, along with a suite of AI-powered tools to boost creativity and productivity. The Xiaomi 11T also comes with a triple camera setup, featuring a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, 120° ultra-wide angle, and 2x telemacro camera. The smartphone combines this with its one-click AI cinema modes to distill the tricks of professional cinematographers such as Time Freeze, Night Time-Lapse, Magic Zoom, and other types of complicated shots into just a single click while the faintest of sounds is brought to life in cinematic fashion with Audio Zoom.
Its 6.67-inches 120Hz flat AMOLED display equally delivers HDR10+ with stunning sharpness and crystal clarity, over 1 billion colours, a smorgasbord of eye care features, and up to 480Hz touch sampling rate. The phone is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Ultra chipset, a massive 5000mAh battery, and 67W wired turbo-charging that gets to 100% in only 36 minutes.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE features an ultra-thin and lightweight body, measuring a mere 6.81mm and weighing 158g. The design is further accentuated by a razor-thin 1.88mm on both top and side bezels, as well as four choices of stylish colours. While Truffle Black, Bubblegum Blue, and Peach Pink are making a return, Xiaomi is adding a brand-new colour called Snowflake White, which is a matte and frosted white.
HONOR Launches HONOR Dubai HUB in the United Arab Emirates
HONOR has announced the opening of HONOR Dubai Hub that is located at the Dubai Airport Free Zone. This will be the company’s first distribution center in the Middle East. The facility will be dedicated for the regional market to develop intelligent terminal product sales business, serves as a distribution hub, and plays a vital role for deliveries across the East and Central Africa region.
The new warehouse will enable HONOR to swiftly deliver its complete portfolio of smart products to users from a closer and more convenient location. Moreover, it will help to strengthen the company’s distribution network and the availability of HONOR’s cutting-edge products across the Middle East and Africa.
The new HONOR Dubai Hub marks another significant and concrete milestone in HONOR’s regional growth and expansion strategy. It’s expected that the newly established distribution center will cover around 60% of finished products deliveries across the Middle East and Africa region. The HONOR Dubai Hub comes as part of HONOR’s unwavering commitment to foster new and better ways to build an efficient, agile, and low-cost supply chain with its partners.
In response to the remarkable growth and as the volume and complexity of the business increases. Dubai Hub aims to become a multi-functional integrated warehouse to support multi-scene delivery of finished products, spare parts, e-commerce, retail and value-added services, providing customers with the ultimate delivery experience.
The UAE is a thriving center for technology, launching Honor Dubai Hub marks the gradual recovery of Honor’s supply capacity in MEA. As an international technology business, supported by a strong investor appetite, the launch of Honor Dubai HUB is another proof of Honor’s long-term commitment to provide personalized, world-class products to the Middle East customer base.
Despite the turbulence in the global economy, the Middle East telecoms market continued its rapid growth. Similarly, the pool of tech talent in the Middle East is growing very rapidly means HONOR can really accelerate its growth through expansion in the MEA region and reach even more customers. The launch is designed around the needs of regional users and helps HONOR easily approach new categories of users who are actively seeking out innovative and competitive smart terminal products to successfully scale their businesses.
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