- Visa’s Security Week in partnership with Dubai DED promotes safe card usage and protection against digital payment-related frauds, both in-store and online
- As digital payments usage continues to grow1, two-thirds of shoppers now trust online payments and many become frequent users of new tech (contactless cards and digital wallets) once they’ve tried it, according to Visa survey
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; June 24, 2018: The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, and the world’s leader in digital payments, Visa (NYSE: V), today launched “Security Week” in the UAE, a consumer education campaign that aims to promote safe card usage and provide consumers with tips and advice to protect themselves against payment-related fraud. This is the third successive year that DED and Visa have partnered to drive this initiative.
Visa and DED surveyed consumers across the UAE regarding eCommerce and digital payments, providing compelling insights into their experiences, attitudes and behaviors. More than two-thirds of UAE shoppers are now comfortable with online shopping (66%) and online payments (government payments, utility bills) (70%). The survey identifies where shoppers can improve their payments security – and Visa’s tips, posts and videos throughout the week will show them how to do this as part of the #VisaSecurityWeek social media campaign.
Ahmad Al Zaabi, Director of Consumer Protection in the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection sector, DED, said: “Digital payments are becoming more common in the UAE, as the Security Week research demonstrates. Education remains key to building consumer confidence in using existing and new payment technologies to helping them maximize the potential of the UAE’s retail sector, for both eCommerce and in-store environments. The Security Week initiative will once again play a major role in educating consumers on the benefits of digital payments and about how to stay safe when shopping.”
Neil Fernandes, Visa’s Head of Risk for Middle East and North Africa, commented: “As digital commerce grows and new payments methods emerge, it’s imperative that we maintain trust and confidence in the ecosystem. It is everyone’s responsibility from consumers themselves to payment service providers to the banks and merchants, to ensure that card data is secure. Security Week seeks to raise consumer awareness of the security features of digital payments and provide them the tools to help them identify and prevent potential fraud. This will empower them to use their cards or mobile device with confidence to shop both online and in a physical environment. We are delighted to partner with DED, a leader in promoting cashless commerce in the UAE, again in educating consumers with this knowledge and supporting the UAE government’s vision of becoming a cashless society.”
Benefits of eCommerce and contactless technologies being felt by consumers
As the survey indicates, shoppers are experiencing and recognizing the benefits of going digital when shopping and paying2:
- The majority of shoppers in the UAE are now frequent online shoppers, and that figure is as high as 81% for Emiratis.
- New payment technologies are capturing consumers’ imaginations, with the vast majority aware of contactless cards (82%) and digital wallets (81%). Once they’ve tried new ways to pay, 78% who have a contactless card and 80% who have a digital wallet use them at least once a week.
- Overall card payments once again gained in popularity as the top method of online payment (for 70% of respondents) while Cash on Delivery declined to 15% (from 22% in 2017).
Helping consumers stay safe at all times
One of Visa’s key recommendations for online shopping is to shop only at well-known eCommerce sites – 64% of UAE shoppers do just that. Additionally, 64% have used an unsecured, open WiFi connection and 56% use one at least once a week. Whereas Visa advises using only a strong, secure data connection to transact online. Meanwhile, 64% of contactless card users and 66% of digital wallet users said that they would feel safe using these payment methods even when they aren’t familiar with a retailer.
Visa’s survey identifies how retailers can reassure consumers regarding security and thus encourage them to shop with the confidence that they’re protected from fraud. For example, dynamic, one-time passwords (OTPs) were the number one choice for consumers when it comes to steps retailers can take to encourage digital purchases. Visa partners with retailers to adopt Verified by Visa, an authentication protocol for shoppers that uses OTPs to ensure payments are made by the rightful owner of the Visa account.
Digital wallets for contactless payments are protected by multiple layers of security, so shoppers can use these new payment technologies both in-store and online with the comfort that they are secure. Visa’s tokenization technology, for example, replaces card data, including the 16-digit card number, with a “token”, a random number, to protect cardholders’ account information. During the transaction, the token is submitted instead of the actual card information. Digital wallets, such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, are enabled by Visa tokenization, meaning shoppers have a safe and seamless experience whether paying in person or online.
About Visa’s MENA research on Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Towards Card Security, 2018
600 people were interviewed for 15 minutes each in February 2018, comprising UAE citizens (11%), expat Arabs (33%), expat Asians (51%) and Westerners (5%). Respondents lived in Dubai (55%), Abu Dhabi (29%), Sharjah (12%) and other emirates (4%). Each had a banking relationship in the country of residence, was a user of payment cards and had made at least one online payment in the past six months. Research was conducted by 4SiGHT Research & Analytics.
About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit www.visamiddleeast.com, www.visanewsmena.tumblr.com or follow us on Twitter @Visamiddleeast.
1 Source: Oxford Economics, Haver Analytics and Visa Business & Economic Insights
2 Visa MENA research on Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Towards Card Security, 2018