Many consumers pay for ignoring online threats

Computer virus, spyware and phishing scams hit millions of Internet users every year, costing them hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs, but a good portion of consumers don't use tools to fight such threats, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.

Overall, 29% of online households said they were hit by a virus, spyware or phishing scam in the past two years, causing serious computer problems and often a hit to their pocketbook, according to the survey of about 2,000 U.S. households with Internet access. Many consumers fail to use anti-virus, anti-spyware tools - MarketWatch

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