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DateWednesday, May 15, 2013

Linux Users Entirely Invunerable?

The Irish Becoming Serious About Protecting Laptops, Less About Other Devices



130516_ESET.pngAccording to the results of a survey of Irish Windows, Mac and Linux users by antivirus company ESET Ireland, only 10% of Linux users have any form of threat protection, worryingly revealing that they still feel confident that they're entirely invulnerable! This figure is very low compared to 90% of Windows-based PC and Laptop users have antivirus installed, as do 63% of Mac users.



The latest research with one thousand users was about how covered Irish computers and devices are with antivirus and data leakage protection. First determining what sort of devices are used to connect to the internet, the survey revealed the Irish are becoming much more serious about protecting laptops, but far less about other devices. 



Urban Schrott of ESET said: "Whilst the results for PC, Laptop and Mac Users are generally improving, the picture is a bit grimmer among mobile users, as only 41% of Android users have their mobiles protected by antivirus, followed by 27% of iPhone users and 26% of Windows phone users."



However, the picture completely changes when it comes to Data Leakage Protection. The Irish, so it seems, are barely aware of data leaks being a problem at all, as 74% answered they have no idea what data leakage is! About a third of Linux users use some protective measures, as does one in four Windows / Mac users which is very different to their attitudes to antivirus.


Schrott adds: "Data leakage is a human problem, and therefore the results of Linux, Mac and Windows users are much more similar. However, the numbers are very, very, low."



So, while malware awareness seems to have reached a certain satisfactory level among computer users, it is still lacking for mobile devices, even though mobile devices are as much targets of malware as are computers, since they're increasingly used for accessing social media, various apps and offer various purchasing functionality, which could be compromised by malware, causing the victim direct financial damage.



More surprising is the complete lack of awareness about data leakage, particularly with the amount of coverage the media have already given various data leaks in the past. With BYOD (bring your own device) becoming increasingly popular, this could cause many companies' sensitive data being at risk of getting lost or stolen.



So, mobile users should give installing an antivirus on their device some thought and all computer and mobile device users would be wise to start paying attention to information on data leakage a bit, if they wish to avoid related trouble.







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