While Americans feel their home computers are protected from viruses, malware and hackers, most say they do not have the same faith when it comes to their mobile devices, according to 2010 National Cyber Security Alliance ““ Norton by Symantec Online Safety Study released today.
The study shows that only 24 percent of Americans feel very safe, and 61 percent feel somewhat safe that their home computers are protected. In comparison, only 18 percent said they feel their cellphones are very safe, and 28 percent feel they are somewhat safe.
According to the findings, most Americans also experience a false sense of security. More than half reported they had a complete security software suite, but when their computers were actually scanned for it, only 37 percent were fully protected.
The study also highlighted just how much Americans are embracing technology. Half of Americans now have two to three computers at home, with 74 percent owning a laptop or netbook. Thirty one percent said the laptop or netbook is their primary computer. Nearly 17 percent can connect to the Internet via their TV, and 24 percent connect via a gaming device.
These multiple points of connection pose new security risks, warned the report. The study found that 70 percent had a wireless router at home, but 43 percent admitted they have logged onto a wireless network without entering a password.