Consumer fears over malware and other computer nasties are unfounded, says Which? Computing.
The claim was made after Which? Computing magazine tested five computers, with various levels of protection, monitoring them weekly to see if any would fall victim to the estimated 60,000 daily malware threats.
After a month, none of the computers became infected, even though one of them ran with no antivirus software.
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The investigation was carried out after figures from a Which? Computing survey revealed that 57% of those polled were worried about their computer being attacked by computer viruses and a host of other computer nasties.
A further 62% expressed fears about their online security, a fact that’s prevented 49% from banking online, 33% from shopping online and 25% from using social networking sites such as Facebook.
Sarah Kidner, Which? Computing editor, says: ‘We carried out this investigation simply to expose the truth behind the average consumer’s computer security fears, and hopefully put some of these to rest.
‘The results of our investigation show that as long as you regularly apply your computer’s software updates, install free antivirus software and stick to safe areas of the web, you’re likely to stay safe and the internet no longer becomes this scary place.’
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