—With the rapid growth of mobile phone devices, there is a growing need for user authentication for the protection of data and services, and to promote public trust. This paper explores the perceptions of mobile phone users in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) regarding the security of mobile phone devices. It presents a survey study aiming to determine the preferred authentication technique among mobile phone users. The questionnaire results indicate that mobile phone users require an advanced level of privacy protection for information stored on their mobile device. The results show that applying biometric authentication can meet the users’ requirements for protecting sensitive information on their mobile device.
—Mobile phone, users’ perceptions, security, Saudi Arabia.
T. Alhussain is with the Department of Computer Science, College of Computer Science and Information Technology, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsaa, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: talhussain@ kfu.edu.sa).
R. AlGhamdi is with the Faculty of Computing & IT, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: email@example.com)
S. Alkhalaf is with the School of Science and Arts, Gassim University, Al-Rass, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
O. Alfarraj is with the Department of Computing, Teachers‟ College, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite:Thamer Alhussain, Rayed AlGhamdi, Salem Alkhalaf, and Osama Alfarraj, "Users' Perceptions of Mobile Phone Security: A Survey Study in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 793-796, 2013.