Wednesday, 29th June 2011, 15:56:23
UK internet users are more likely to utilise intrusion detection software and other online security services than consumers in other developed nations.
According to G Data Software, 94 per cent of Brits have installed some type of security solution, compared to 88 per cent in the US and 83 per cent in Russia.
The report also revealed that the average American is "dangerously out of touch" with the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks, which could prompt more people to sign up for anti-spam and anti-virus programs.
More than eight in ten US citizens believe free security software is just as good as paid-for alternatives, while almost 53 per cent wrongly think torrent and peer-to-peer download sites present the biggest threat to their computers.
In fact, hobby and amateur sites are typically the easiest to attack, G Data Software explained.
Over two million new malware programs were detected in 2010, the company added, compared to less than 32,000 in 2005.
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