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Over 50 percent of Android-based smartphone and tablet owners do not use any security software to protect their devices against cyber threats, researchers said.

Even though word is out that Android-based devices are under attack, users still do not heed the call to secure their devices, said researchers at Kaspersky Lab in a study.

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Even though a high number of participants said they do not use security protection on their mobile devices, the results showed 40 percent of smartphone and 42 percent of Android tablet owners participating in the survey said they have installed a security solution on their devices and are now using it.

These results highlight the consumer way of thinking at a time when Android is well-established as the top target for cybercriminals among all mobile platforms. Ninety-nine percent of current malware samples targeting mobile devices ended up developed for the Android platform, according to Kaspersky Lab research.

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This threat is also growing: in 2012 Kaspersky Lab detected 35,000 malicious samples, while in the first half of 2013 the amount detected was over 47,000.

There is also the risk of losing or having the devices stolen. For quite a few people, smartphones and tablets are the main place of storage for photos and videos, correspondence with friends and family, passwords and other valuable information. It is very easy for the device to end up misplaced or stolen and have all that personal information fall into the wrong hands.

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