Look... face it: Your PC is NOT secure

By Derek Sooman on
Apparently, some two thirds of home users think they are safe from online threats, but 20 percent of home computers are infected by a virus, and 80 percent have problems with spyware and adware. That's the word from a survey conducted by Internet service provider America Online, who say that people who think their machines are safe are just plain wrong.

Some findings of the survey:

-More than 70 percent of those who participated in the survey falsely believed they were safe from viruses and online threats.

-Almost 20 percent of those were currently infected by a virus.

-Spyware or adware programs were found on 80 percent of the computers analyzed.

-Of those machines with Spyware or adware problems, an average of 93 spyware or adware components were found.

-About 90 percent of those whose computers were infected with spyware didn't know about the infections and didn't know what spyware programs are.

-A majority of users, 67 percent, also go without firewall software.

Our advice: 1)Make regular visits to windowsupdate or use automatic updates, 2)Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date, 3)Install Firewall software, and - you guessed it - keep it up to date.

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