Study: 81 percent of home PCs dont have basic security software

While most Internet users think they are safe online, they're not, according to a new study released Wednesday by America Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance. In fact, about 80 percent are exposed to common Internet threats, the study found.

More than half of the participants either had no anti-virus protection or had not updated it within the last week, researchers found. About half did not have a properly-configured firewall, and four in ten didn't have spyware protection. Taken collectively, more than 4 in five consumers lacked at least one of the three types of basic protection.

Still, 83 percent told researchers they were "safe from online threats," the study found. Think your PC is safe online? Think again - Security -

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 7th December 2005 9:37PM