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Consumers Unaware Of Online Security Threats

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Over half of computer users believe they are protected against online threats like spyware, viruses and hackers actually have little or no online protection according to a study by research firm iTracks conducted for Verizon.

Ninety-two percent of users thought they were safe, but scans showed that 59 percent were actually vulnerable to a number of online dangers. Ninety-four percent said they would find it helpful to diagnose or check their online security status on a regular basis to make sure their computers were safe.

"Internet security protection is like a smoke alarm," said Bill Heilig, vice president for Verizon broadband services. "As long as it works, it’s great. But with a dead battery, it’s worse than no smoke alarm at all, because it creates a false sense of security.

"That’s the position that most Internet consumers find themselves in today, and what they don’t know is definitely hurting them."

The study also found that 92 percent believed their PC was safe from spyware but a scan found that 58 percent were "at risk" or "potential risk" from spyware infection. When it came to virus protection 92 percent thought their PC was protected as well. A scan revealed that 45 percent were "at risk" or "potential risk" from virus infection.

Consumers Unaware Of Online Security Threats
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