Avira Study: 12% of Respondents Consider Giving Up on the Internet for Security Reasons
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jan 2011
The internet, as we all know, is a great source of information and at the same time a great source of worries. On one hand you have access to news, software applications, games, videos, social networking, online shopping, and other goodies. On the other hand you have malware, viruses, Trojans, worms, scammers, spammers and other nasties.

Even though the internet is chuck full of threats, could you live without it? I know I couldn’t and I’m sure many of you could not live with without internet access either. There are some people who could live without access to the internet, a study performed by Avira showed.


Avira, company that offers home and business security software, conducted a study this November; 9,091 people from all over the world responded to Avira’s study. 12.01% of these respondents said they thought about not using the internet because of safety reasons.

They should not give up on internet access because of the inherent security risks. They should just keep their system and software up-to-date and they should get a properly good security software solution. And so we get to the other findings of Avira’s study.

25.15% of respondents said they felt their antivirus application slowed down their computer and so they turned it off. 62.84% of respondents said that during a one-year period they tried multiple antivirus applications. These users got it right – the solution is not to give up on the internet, the solution is to find the right security software solution.

“The scary take-away from this survey is that 25 percent of the respondents admitted to just turning off their security products because they feel that it hurt the performance of the machine,” said Sorin Mustaca, data security expert with Avira. “That’s not a good idea because such a practice leaves the computer totally exposed to the even simplest of viruses, allowing the bad guys to include it in a botnet used to distribute malware and phishing. It is a clear sign for the vendors that even more care has to be taken in order not to overload the security software with features which may have a great impact on system performance. In the end, when it comes to security, it is better to have minimal protection which goes unnoticed than protection with all whistles and bells which the user deactivates in order to be able to use his computer.”

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