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Internet Security Awareness Improving

Posted: 09th Mar, 2006 By: MarkJ
New research from ISP AOL UK has found that awareness of Internet security has improved over the past year. Unfortunately, despite 86% being concerned about online security, 48% still don't use any specialist protective software:

A further 20 per cent just rely on their ISP to protect them and 16 per cent do nothing at all to protect themselves online. AOL recommends the following five steps to improve personal online security:

1. Make the most of spam controls to reduce the number of junk emails you receive.

2. Use firewall protection, which acts as a protective barrier between your computer and the Internet.

3. Take advantage of anti-virus software that scans your entire computer to help guard against viruses, trojans and other invaders.

4. Use anti-spyware tools to help speed up your computer and protect your privacy.

5. Avoid phishing and other online scams by thinking before you click on any links and never giving out your personal details to unknown sources online.


Clearly the gap between awareness and practical action is one of great concern. More @ Web-User.
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