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Kindsight Research Reveals 33% Home PCs Hacked

Kindsight the developer of Identity Protection has recently announced its 30-day research outcomes after surveying around 200,000 North American households that use the Internet. As a result, it was revealed that 33% of households contacted malware infection and were in severe danger of cyber-crime, ID-theft as well as other attacks. PCMag.com reported this on December 15, 2010.

Furthermore, after classifying the attacks into 4 groups, the research found that spyware was behind 47% of the entire assaults, whilst Trojans along with other malware leading to ID-theft was behind 21% of the assaults. Botnet attacks, which enable malefactors to seize control over home computers, successfully targeted 26% of the contaminated home PCs, while conventional viruses accounted for merely 6% of the assaults.

Remarking about the survey's outcomes, Chief Executive Officer Mike Gassewitz at Kindsight stated that identity theft over the Internet was an increasing problem, which adversely affected everybody. Kindsight's research outcome confirmed that since it was rather difficult to adopt the essential measures for securing household PCs, malicious people were cashing in on this problem of end-users, he continued. The company expected that end-users would be dazed with the outcomes as also the probable perilous hacker attacks into their personal computers, Gassewitz added. Marketwire.com published this on December 15, 2010.

Elsewhere Gassewitz stated that it was very clear to Kindsight as well as its ISP associates that one more layer of defense was required for end-users towards maintaining the safety of their private details. PCMag.com reported this.

And while a review is undertaken of Kindsight's research outcomes along with an analysis of a few recent incidents such as Walgreens, Gawker Media and McDonalds that had their private information seized, one question still remains unanswered as to whether there's anyone who wouldn't desire shopping online within the prevailing techno-logic custom.

Ultimately, it's advisable that users block ID-theft before it becomes unmanageable. So, they should deploy trustworthy privacy-safeguard solutions, which will do much more than their anti-viruses. Also, by maintaining unique, hard-to-crack usernames and passwords, users should protect personal information. And finally, they must keep track of their credit card operations for any suspicious transactions.

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