Survey: Users are still clueless about Internet security

By Matthew · 17 replies
Jun 27, 2011
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  1. According to a study conducted by G Data Software, many computer users are still relatively uninformed about Internet security. After surveying some 15,559 Internet users in 11 countries aged between…

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    45% say a computer will immediately crash if infected.

    Hahaha. Oh wow.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    "For starters, 82% of Americans believe their free antivirus program provides as much protection as their paid counterparts. This isn't comparing the adequacy of free versus paid antivirus scanners in themselves, but it's underscoring that paid suites typically have a broader spectrum of coverage because they're bundled with firewalls and other protection schemes -- features many users are unaware of."

    Or users are aware of the other features and simply download 5 free programs instead of one paid for program.
  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,378   +168

    Reading this, it's obvious to me that all the anti-piracy advertising is the cause of people's misconceptions about security. Microsoft's argument against piracy is that it's not as safe and leads to a degraded experience. A common argument against file sharing is that you get malware that way. This message is apparently reaching people, making them believe that malware gets to them by file sharing and will make their PC crash.

    As for paid vs. free, there are paid antivirus programs with worse protection than free ones. Paying isn't a guarantee of safety.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Sounds like a vertical market. I'll be advertising "Internet Security" classes in my area soon.
  6. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    This article is obviously biased towards purchasable Anti-Virus programs. Many free versions including MSE and AVG free are the best you can get out there and Windows Firewall alongside the firewall included in your router are the best you can get out there. There are no paid for AV suites that give you really anymore protection then that and most paid for programs usually bog down your computer. AV programs really aren't preventative save spybot S&D's immunization database (also free) it is just how quick they can pick up a virus when you get it. I work at a school in IT and we get many of the students computers with viruses on them. Most people who have viruses are those who have the paid for version of a virus program that came on there computer or there parents bought for them. To be completely you safe you just have to practice safe browsing, add a filtering program like K9 in the mix to filter out known malware sites, and if you have the knowledge to work it a program like no script or notscript in chrome you can run a virtually virus free lifestyle.
  7. Agreed completely.

    The paid solutions become "pay me more" annoyances very quickly. The free solutions are usually lighter on the memory requirements and do just as good a job as the paid variants.

    Paid Antivirus software is done. Bury it.
  8. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    The whole "if I get a virus my computer will crash right away" thing doesn't really surprise me. I have come across that a lot. Other thing I come across a lot is if the computer crashes or acts odd for any reason a lot of people jump straight to "Oh crap I have a really bad virus", when there hdd just isn't working right or something. Also a lot of people think software issue or virus = computer toast need new computer.
    And as paynetrain said, most of the computers I end up working on have paid AV software (I see a lot of McAfee) that didn't do crap to stop the virus.
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    The biggest standout to me is "48% think their system can't be infiltrated simply by loading a nefarious website", which definitely needs to change.
  10. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    I am reminded everyday how vulnerable IE8 with no addons were. Even sitting behind avg free and komodo firewall, I got a rootkit in 4 days.

    Lesson learned. Always use noscript and lol block everything.
  11. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    What about Microsoft Security Essentials? Not only is it free, it is just as good if not better than commercial suites. Pair that with the Windows 7 Advanced Firewall control, and you've got a pretty darn secure system.
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    People are what else is new?
  13. Overall, what a horrible survey... I agree with most everything previous posters have said, This is clearly a scare tactic to push users towards paid AV suite solutions. It might work if the report itself had not been written so badly.
  14. As mentioned above there are a lot of paid anti-virus products that perform horribly, and there are some free ones (notably MS Security Essentials and Avast!) the get by ok, so its not just a cut and dried choice here. FYI, some interesting results here in this post...
    Avast! free edition ended up being ranked 9th, ahead of full price offerings from McAfee, Sophos and AVG.
  15. There's one big problem here : users should not be asked to install additionnal software to get a safe system ; the operating system should be safe, and faults should be fixed with system updates. Why don't you just take a look at GNU / Linux and BSD ? I've never had a security problem using them. But of course no one talks about them, because such solutions don't "make money" you know.
  16. how about dont use Internet explorer at all...
  17. don't for 1 second believe what that survey says it's just a scare tactic to get you to buy anti virus and such. when all you have to do is download ubuntu linux and you secure from 99 percent if the bad stuff written for windows and mac.
  18. Missing words! "Microsoft Operating System" has the 50 MILLION Microsoft Virus!

    Linux has ZERO vulnerability, and there are NO Linux Virus! NEVER have been, NEVER will be!

    Get YOURS, run it LIVE on the CD/DVD, or, as the second OS, or, single OS on your system!

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