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    Third Of Americans Think Viruses Won't Strike Them

    About one in three Americans think it's more likely they'll be audited by the IRS or win the lottery than fall victim to a virus or worm, the non-profit National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) said Friday as it released the results of a September survey.
    Younger computer users are even more sanguine about their chances: 40 percent of those under 25 think they'll get struck by lightning before malicious code hits their PC.

    The NCSA, a group that includes the federal government's Department of Homeland Security Cisco, Dell, Symantec, and eBay among its sponsors, is using the poll to highlight October as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month." The educational effort, which actually kicks off Monday, October 4, is backed by the NCSA's Web site.

    "More than 185 million Americans own computers connected to the Internet," said Ken Watson, the chairman of NCSA, in a statement. "Cyber security should become second nature, just like brushing our teeth."

    The organization's poll makes it look like Americans don't agree.

    "I guess I'd have to say get struck by lightning, 'cause those other things just ain't going to happen to me," said one survey respondent when asked about the probability of a computer security or privacy breach, IRS audit, lottery win, or lightning strike.

    Numbers say different. According to the NCSA, the odds of being hit by lightning are approximately one in 294,330,406. The odds of ending up on the wrong end of a worm, virus, or privacy breach, however, are 7 in 10.

    NCSA is currently conducting a more in-depth and scientific study in conjunction with America Online, and will release the results of the in-home research -- which will include both a survey and a technical examination
    Source : http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/49400161

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    That's probably because they are ALREADY owned, and the 'new' nasty stuff cannot get through..............
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    That's probably because they are ALREADY owned, and the 'new' nasty stuff cannot get through..............
    Too funny!!!

    I have worked on so many home machines....user doesnt run AV cause
    "I never open attachments"

    I needed a laugh today.

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    Question That's A Good Survey Sample ...

    NCSA is currently conducting a more in-depth and scientific study in conjunction with America Online, and will release the results of the in-home research -- which will include both a survey and a technical examination.
    Not!!

    I mean, come on as if AOL users are generally known for being security conscious?

    Me thinks the survey results will not be un-biased! lol
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    Ignorance is bliss???

    It's more likely that 1 in 3 of those people are already infected with half a dozen sploits.
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    Gawd,
    That is just plain sad.
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    That's just sad. I've recently become sort of the "tech guy" on campus who sets up and "fixes" people's internet. Most of them don't run AV at all and 10 to 1 says none of them run Windows Updates but once every six months if at all.

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    I have worked on so many home machines....user doesnt run AV cause
    "I never open attachments"
    Hey, I don't have an AV but it isn't because I don't open attachments but because I wanna get infected to obligate my brother into formatting besides, I don't worry much about virus/worms after all...it's just a computer right?
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    Originally posted here by Raion
    Hey, I don't have an AV but it isn't because I don't open attachments but because I wanna get infected to obligate my brother into formatting besides, I don't worry much about virus/worms after all...it's just a computer right?
    Keep thinking like that! You are a gold mine for me!
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    Keep thinking like that! You are a gold mine for me!
    Me too!!!

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