Sixty-two percent of users ignorant of top malware: report

O+K Research survey reveals security apathy in average PC owner

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Sixty-two percent of users ignorant of top malware: report 8.5% of PC users thought their machines needed no extra security.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 20, 2012

Nearly two thirds of ordinary computer users have never heard of Stuxnet, Duqu, and Zeus, classified as the most dangerous online threats, reveals an O+K Research study. A further 28% have only surface knowledge of the deadly trio.

O+K conducted the poll among respondents from 25 countries. Those polled knew no more about the concepts of zero-day exploits and botnets than they did about the top viruses.

The report also revealed that 8.5% believed their PC needed no additional security measures than were already installed and nearly half thought their data was relatively safe.

On the mobility side, 16% of tablet owners and 15% of modern smartphone users are sure their devices are in no danger. Just under half of all mobile users think their devices are more or less protected although they are aware the use of security software would make their data safer.

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