Dutch internet surfers feeling vulnerable
31 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Three-quarters of the Dutch public feel that internet safety has worsened since last year.
31 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Three-quarters of the Dutch public feel that internet safety has worsened since last year.
The major concerns are viruses, hackers and spam, according to the results of a study conducted by Dutch internet service provider XS4ALL.
The firm's technical director, Simon Hania, said on Thursday that internet users could avoid many problems by being more alert and pro-active.
"Broadband is a window that is permanently open. Due to the continuous outbreak of new viruses and spam, permanent and active maintenance of your system is very important," he said.
The study found that families with children have the most problems with computer viruses because the youngsters often make intensive use of virtual chat rooms and download sites.
Hania suggested people should only download material from sources they trust and be cautious when using peer-to-peer programmes such as Kazaa.
XS4LL said many internet users rely on their service provider for online security. But the company said individuals also had to take some responsibility by using protection such as a firewall.
It also said that anti-virus programmes, have to be updated and used regularly.
About 98 percent of the online Dutch public have a virus scanner on their computer and 80 percent have a firewall. Spam filters that can stop unsolicited mail are not so widely used.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news