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Study Shows Even the Most Savvy of Users are Failing to Properly Protect Themselves Against Online Threats

August 3, 2009 by · Comments Off on Study Shows Even the Most Savvy of Users are Failing to Properly Protect Themselves Against Online Threats 

Web Hosting ToolsAmsterdam – A recent survey of the cyber security habits of the working press raises interesting questions about the practices of users in general. In spite of the high visibility the media has given to cyber security, members of the press are dropping the ball in efforts to protect themselves against online threats. Recently conducted by the BPM Forum and AVG Technologies, the Protect the Press Poll found that 80 percent of media staff rarely or never inform their network administrator of online security concerns they encounter. More than half don’t change their passwords, or rely on their company to do it for them, even though 13 percent have experienced critical data loss or system failure due to malware to their systems.

“It is disconcerting to see what in concept is a very informed audience knowingly rolling the dice when it comes to staying secure on line – it is an important indicator of the practices of the general consumers,” said Siobhan MacDermott, head of global communications and investor relations with AVG. “If the informed press is exposed, then even more so is the home user that is not as savvy at detecting or protecting against the latest scam.”

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