According to a new survey of U.S. Internet users commissioned by computer security company GFI Software, a frightening number of Americans are still utterly clueless when it comes to protecting themselves online.
And it's not just the teenagers, like you might expect.
The survey, which polled 1,070 adults and their teenage children, found that more than half of the parents whose home computers have been infected with a virus report that it has happened “more than once.” And while 89 percent of parents reported having antivirus software on their computers, one quarter of them didn't know if that software had been updated to protect them against the latest risks, reported the Associated Press.
Teenagers, of course, were also largely clueless. Twenty-four percent of teenagers who responded to the survey admitted they had visited a Web site meant for adults (adults-only Web sites are a notorious source of viruses and malware), and more than half of those teenagers admitted to lying about their age to gain access.
“Given the potential ramifications of improper Internet use today, it would seem to merit at least the same degree of educational vigilance as other lifestyle risk categories like sex, drugs and alcohol,” recommended the report.
The survey also found some other eye-opening stats:
Eleven percent of teens said they have been bullied online or by text messages. More girls reported being bullied than boys.
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