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Americans Massively Targeted with Malicious Software during 2012

Consumer Reports, which recently released its "Annual State of the Net Report," highlights that during 2012, a huge 58.2m adults in USA suffered a minimum of one malware attack against their residence computers, which together cost almost $4bn in remediation. The report attributed this to the absence of the most essential security measures, published infosecurity-magazine.com dated May 13, 2013.

Specifically, Technology Editor Jeff Fox for Consumer Reports said that his agency's latest report showed no safer residence PCs since what prevailed during 2012. As per Consumer Reports' recommendations of good security software programs through its latest Ratings, the programs were basic for safeguarding from Internet-threats, he opined. Clarksvilleonline.com published this dated May 13, 2013.

The majority of new PCs usually arrive with anti-malware pre-loaded that's often a trial edition. It's expected that when the period of such trial editions ends, end-users should pay to get the original one otherwise they'll be left without an anti-malware program. Numerous PC-owners adopt the latter choice, despite the suggestion by Consumer Reports regarding certain free products that are capable of sufficient performance.

A few free security applications provide high-quality protection against cyber-attacks so they should sufficiently safeguard Internauts, although possibly excluding those who're at the greatest risk when online. If PC-users, while far away from residence, access data on their home systems, it's imperative, however, that they use stronger defenses by paying for a package, Consumer Reports' paper advises.

Meanwhile, during Consumer Reports' nation-wide poll, the agency asked PC-owners who had contracted malware, as to what way they substantiated the said kind of problem, to which 62% of respondents said they waited for notification from anti-virus products; 17% thought they could substantiate themselves; 15% said they waited for a computer specialist; whilst only 5% utilized the tech support utility of a vendor.

Moreover, according to Consumer Reports, in 2012, 9.2m Americans became prey to phishing scams whereby they divulged personal information on malicious websites, which looked as renowned organizations' sites. Chase, Bank-of-America, Visa, PayPal and Facebook were some of such brand-names the phishers exploited.

Finally, the survey found that spam mails hit 43% of the poll's respondents.

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