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by Gary

PC Pro News has published an article suggesting that “Over 90 per cent of Internet users have changed their online behaviour due to concerns about spyware”. The article quotes a study on US Internet users, finding that a large percentage are now aware and cautious when it comes to opening suspicious e-mail attachments, steering clear of Internet Explorer due to security threats, and “visiting particular websites due to the fear they might deposit unwanted programs”. There has also been a reduction in the volume of multimedia downloaded via p2p programs due to risks of unwittingly installing spyware.

What makes the article a good read, is that it provides some validation that Internet users are heeding the plethora of warnings about spyware, viruses, and other security threats. Certainly in my experience I have found you can warn people about these things until you’re blue in the face, but seeing changed behaviours can be another thing altogether. The massive uptake of Firefox over Internet Explorer has shown us that people are concerned about their online security, but it is nice to see that people are thinking beyond that to other equally-serious threats too.








One Response to “Security Awareness Leads to Changed Surfing Habits”

  1. Joe Bloogs Says:

    Hi Guys,

    This article really interest me as I am an advocate of IT security awareness. I found a very good material that our company uses….. a video presentation from emx2.com (www.emx2.com). This video presentation made a difference on how our end users perceived IT security. In a way it made our IT support people as users starts cooperating.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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