Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Avira survey shows 1 in 3 people think all websites pose security threat

Tettnang, 31 August 2010 – IT security expert Avira conducted a survey of computer users worldwide in July which shows that more than 1 in 3 people admit that "when it comes to security, all websites are equally dangerous, all over the Internet."

In the survey, which was posed to Avira’s 100 million customers worldwide, a random sampling of users were asked “Where do you suspect is the greatest danger of malware infection on the Internet?” There were 3,325 responses which broke down in the following manner:

  • 12.59% - Browser games (Poker, etc.) are really popular – the danger here is very high
  • 22% - Visitors are exposed to such dangers especially on websites with pornographic content
  • 26.69% - So-called Warez sites, which offer illegal software, are extremely dangerous
  • 4.14% - Big portals are particularly vulnerable, due to their popularity
  • 34.5% - When it comes to security, all websites are equally dangerous, all over the Internet

“On one hand, it’s encouraging to see that over 33 percent of our user base has learned that security threats can come from any website, but it’s also a statement on our society at large when 1 out of every 3 people can’t trust any of the websites they visit,” said Sorin Mustaca, data security expert of Avira. “Our survey shows that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers they can be exposed to while browsing, and we at Avira are very happy to be able to help our users to stay safe while surfing the Internet.”

Avira survey chart - Web Safety

About Avira

More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira’s security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.

Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit www.avira.com.