An Australian security organisation called AusCERT has conducted a survey and come up with the following results. I’ve added my own comments on the right.
|84% of respondents use the internet for banking||84% of internet users have something to lose if they’re not careful.|
|5% have used a neighbour’s unsecured wireless internet||This is not only illegal but they’re using an untrusted network|
|11% never update their operating system||Updates exist to patch known vulnerabilities, so these 11% of people have computers that can be hacked|
|8% never update their anti-virus software||New viruses are discovered every day so these people are at greater risk|
|23% have malware infections on their computer||Malware such as spyware and internet banking don’t go well together (i.e. this is how criminals steal money). Malware is always a bad thing to have on your computer. Do something about it.|
|68% are confident or very confident with computer security||The other 32% should be reading FraudO.com|
The full survey results have been published here. It’s an interesting read, especially seeing the reasons why some people don’t use anti-virus and anti-spyware software.