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Americans Surfing the Web have an Artificial Feeling of Security

Symantec together with the National Cyber Security Alliance published a prominent research paper looking into U.S' adults Internet behavior and safety perceptions, according to which, most Americans believe their home PCs have sufficient safeguards from hackers, viruses and other malware. Yet, this confidence of having their PCs secured mayn't be valid in the case of not even 50% of Americans utilizing the complete safeguard that's necessary for remaining safe online.

Reveals the study that 61% of U.S adults polled believed more-or-less safe online. 24% believed to be extremely safe. Besides, 58% of Americans polled said they possessed full security software, although during a scan of their PCs, merely 37% were actually wholly protected.

Says Executive Director Michael Kaiser of NCSA, Americans think they are able to regulate their home PCs, however, when seen more closely as to what measures for self-protection they are using, one will find that these are not sufficient. InfoSecurity published this on November 1, 2010.

Essentially, the above gap between perception and the actual situation is an issue of concern considering that modern online dangers are complex that need an all-inclusive safeguard. This safeguard should include spam filter, anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, identity protection and anti-phishing software. Stated the security specialists that although Americans might state that they had well secured home PCs, they were really going though an artificial feeling of security.

According to these specialists, Americans are increasingly and constantly adopting digital technology. 50% of Americans have a minimum of 2 with a greater chance of 3 PCs in their homes. 75% of them possess a notebook or laptop as their basic PC. Thus these computers' security require more effort and despite that Americans feel protected even when not adopting sufficient security measures, the research paper states.

Hence Kaiser suggests end-users to ensure they've a complete suite of security software on their computers and that it is maintained up-to-date and current. Moreover, users need to adopt changes in online activity so that they remain more wary about whatever they do on the Internet as well as think about the security effects pertaining to their Web activity.

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