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Global security survey results released

BitDefender UK : 29 October, 2008  (Technical Article)
Increased knowledge and confidence in matters of IT security dominate in latest BitDefender Survey into computer security issues
Computer users today consider themselves more knowledgeable than last year, with increased confidence in their security measures, according to BitDefender's Global Security Survey 2008.

The poll had over 550 respondents and was conducted between August and September.

According to the BitDefender survey 68 percent of respondents feel that they are more knowledgeable about IT security than last year. Just eight percent said they are less knowledgeable and 24 percent were about the same. This increase in knowledge may also play a part into how much computer users invest this year with 46 percent stating that they plan to increase their IT security spending.

The survey shows that the less knowledgeable are more worried about IT security and consider their IT security solutions to be less effective. On the other hand, the more knowledgeable the user, the less concerned they were about IT security and these respondents thought that their IT security solutions were more effective than last year.

When respondents were asked what the biggest concerns are about PC security, the Global Security Survey findings indicated the following:

* Viruses 36%
* Privacy 20%
* Malware 15%
* Hackers 11%
* Cyber-criminals 8%
* Phishing attacks 4%
* Have no concerns 2%
* Other 4%

Also, the survey found that in comparison to last year, respondents are apprehensive about the state of security especially in regards to online banking/shopping, web search and personal e-mail.

"The survey findings highlight an interesting connection between how much people understand about IT security and their concern for the security of their PCs," said Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender CTO. "With more understanding about the state of IT security, the less worried users are about their PC and the more faith they put into their security solution. BitDefender strives to provide computer users with solutions offering complete protection for their PCs."

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