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UK Businesses Callous Towards Data Security

A great part of small and medium size businesses have protected their computer systems with anti-virus software but are clueless about other equally important authentication and cyber security related software, warned a public body.

A research conducted by Get Safe Online, a joint body of the UK government and the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), has found that 44% of the UK's business houses have fallen victims to online crimes, like identity fraud and data theft. 18% of them have also been attacked by hackers or been subjected to phishing in the last two years.

Businesses stand the risk of damage to their reputation if hackers sneak into their databases having sensitive personal information of its customers. This can result in identity theft leading to credit card fraud. Prohibiting certain websites as well as restricting social networking sites can avert the staff from passing on information or revealing networks to possible security threats, either intentionally or out of ignorance.

According to the survey by Get Safe Online, greater consumer confidence regarding online data security is a prime concern for most businesses dealing in e-commerce, for any infringement of security would severely tarnish their reputation. The reason is identified by some latest studies that says that customers tend to migrate away when organizations fail to protect their sensitive personal identification information.

Observing the significance of online data security of customer, Tony Neate, Managing Director of Get Safe Online, said that more than 90% of small businesses possess firewall and anti-virus protection but anti-spyware is a non-concern, as per the news published by ihotdesk on December 11, 2007. He also added that many people do not understand that anti-spyware is different from anti-virus.

A small account on spyware says that it is very much like a virus except that it is a potentially unwanted program which invades and runs on the computer. It doesn't attempt to jump over to other systems. It usually enters through installation along with any other program, say a file-sharing application in a computer peer group. However, spywares are increasingly merging with other viruses, making it more difficult to avoid and eradicate them.

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