Internet users too carefree

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8 March 2005 , BONN - Many computer users do not take proper precautions when using the internet. That's the conclusion of a recent study of public opinion research firm TNS Emnid in Bonn, Germany. According to the study, every fourth internet user goes online without using antivirus software. Only about half of internet users polled employ firewall software. In addition only half of all Internet users back up their data regularly, according to the study. At the same time, fully 90 percent of those queried

8 March 2005

BONN - Many computer users do not take proper precautions when using the internet. That's the conclusion of a recent study of public opinion research firm TNS Emnid in Bonn, Germany.

According to the study, every fourth internet user goes online without using antivirus software. Only about half of internet users polled employ firewall software. In addition only half of all Internet users back up their data regularly, according to the study.

At the same time, fully 90 percent of those queried understand the risks associated with using the Internet, including the possibility that their computers could fall prey to viruses and hackers.

Seven of 10 know that e-mail messages could be forged.

The discrepancy between what internet users know to be the dangers that could befall them and the security measures they fail to take is explained, say researchers, by one fact.

Two thirds of those polled do not feel that losing their data or the use of their computer would constitute a serious inconvenience.

DPA

Subject: German news

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