F-Secure Reveals Survey Results On Malware Issues

A survey that F-Secure the security company conducted in United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Malaysia reveals that 49% of respondents (almost half) were attacked with malicious software during the last twelve months.

The survey that polled 1,450 adults discovered that most reports of malware attacks came from Poland (70%) followed with Finland (60%) and Malaysia (54%), while Germany reported the least number of attacks at 32%. Moreover, the maximum number of respondents who were devoid of anti-virus defenses when malicious programs infected their PCs were reported from Poland (14%) and Malaysia (11%).

Interestingly, the survey also found a broad variation in the general public's concern of particular kinds of malware assaults. Respondents who worried most regarding malicious software getting downloaded from websites were from Germany (65%) and Malaysia (59%) while those who worried least were from Finland (22%). Also, respondents who regarded the danger associated with corrupted search results with the greatest degree of severity were from Germany (62%) and Britain (41%).

Security Advisor Sean Sullivan at F-Secure, while remarking about the survey's outcomes stated that it appeared that Germany merged 'worry' of a high scale with exposure to real attacks of a low scale. Infosecurity.com published this on September 9, 2010.

The advisor continued that being careful was good while using the Internet, but being too much worried might hinder users from gaining the maximum advantage of the Net.

He further elaborated that when Web-surfers got exposed to attacks, a lesson automatically evolved so far as handling the new circumstances were concerned and that taught them to feel less worried and more confident.

Meanwhile, in spite of being part of the digital age, a mean of 7% of participants were unaware as to what malware or malicious code was. The countries which topped in this ignorance were USA and UK at 12% each and Malaysia at 9%. Moreover, a large number of Americans and British at 29% and 28% respectively weren't aware as to what corrupt search results meant, while merely Poles and Swedes knew the word "rogueware" that generally means fake anti-virus or scareware.

Related article: F-Secure Alerts against Bogus Windows Update Sites

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