One Third Net Users Think All Web Sites Pose Equal Risk

Published Wednesday, September 01, 2010 -

A new and interesting survey by Avira mentioned in Secure Computer magazine online version says that a third of computer users are sure there are security threats with all websites.
Posing the question ‘where do you suspect is the greatest danger of malware infection on the internet', 34 per cent of those polled said, all websites are the same risk.
Categories for the survey included those sites offering cracked software considered most risky by twenty seven percent while adult sites posed the biggest threat to some twenty two percent, only thirteen  percent saw online gambling sites as the worst offender. Four per cent of those surveyed thought that portals are particularly vulnerable because of the greater volume of visits.
Websense, Senior Threat Research Manager, Carl Leonard, commented, "While 34 per cent is a positive increase in awareness, it clearly shows that two-thirds of users still lack awareness of online security threats. Businesses are also suffering from the same problem and many do not adequately protect themselves online."
VeriSign Security Expert, Matthew Bruun, said: "It's great to see that consumers are thinking about their online security, but as long as users are prudent and cautious when they are operating online there is no need to distrust every website. In order to get the best from the web, consumers need to know what to look for so that they can make the best judgement on whether or not to give a site their custom. Always look for visible security cues such as trust marks, or the green address bar, to guarantee that the website is authentic and online transactions are being secured."
Bruun continued, "It's these security factors, and not the type of website, that indicate to consumers which sites are safe to deal with. Conversely, if a site looks poorly built, has a strange URL address and contains lots of spelling or typographical errors, the user is right to be nervous.”




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