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Windows 7: Threats from cyber criminals under estimated.


25 Feb 2010   #1
JMH

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Threats from cyber criminals under estimated.

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As IT security expert Avira discovered in its moral issue survey, conducted on www.free-av.com in January 2010, Internet users underestimate the risk of cyber criminals gaining illegal access to their data. The responses from the 5,578 respondents indicate that, while they are attentive to their security, they are completely unprepared for the ingenuity now being shown by cyber criminals. Clearly users need to increase their vigilance and actively protect themselves with extensive security solutions on their computers.
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AVIRA Press Center - Threats from cyber criminals underestimated

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26 Feb 2010   #2

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As IT security expert Avira discovered in its moral issue survey, conducted on www.free-av.com in January 2010, Internet users underestimate the risk of cyber criminals gaining illegal access to their data. The responses from the 5,578 respondents indicate that, while they are attentive to their security, they are completely unprepared for the ingenuity now being shown by cyber criminals. Clearly users need to increase their vigilance and actively protect themselves with extensive security solutions on their computers.
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AVIRA Press Center - Threats from cyber criminals underestimated
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Based on my work in the field I'd say awareness of the need for PC security is improving slowly. At least I'm not seeing computers with no AV, or AV with subscriptions that have been expired for years. Still, compared with how sophisticated malware attacks have become the average user is still a sitting duck for identity theft, botnet hijacking, etc. I have a friend who had his bank account emptied by malware that hijacked his online banking credentials. He was lucky the bank was willing to replace his lost funds. He's more careful now
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