Lax anti-virus practices fuel security fears


Lax anti-virus practices fuel security fears

Antony Savvas

Lloyds TSB’s internet banking arm is urging Britons to step up their PC security after research revealed that over half (54%) of PCs and laptops have been infected with a computer virus.

In a survey of 1,400 people, conducted on behalf of the bank by, 75% of PC owners admitted they were worried about the threat of viruses.

The survey found that 10% of computer owners had never updated their anti-virus software, and 25% of respondents said they had only updated “once or twice”. 

A further 5% didn’t know whether or not they had updated their software and 1% confessed they didn't have anti-virus software installed at all.

Matthew Timms, Lloyds TSB internet banking director, said, "While we are doing everything we can to make our security watertight, we are also urging all of our customers to think carefully about the measures they have taken to protect their PC. This means regularly updating their anti-virus software and ensuring they have a robust firewall."  

The main reasons given by respondents for rarely updating their anti-virus software included cost (13%), “I didn't know that it was necessary” (8%), “I didn't know anything about it” (6%), “I can't be bothered” (6%), “I don't know what to buy” (3%), and “It's too difficult to install” (3%).  

The survey also found that 40% of users had not downloaded any security patches to fix security holes in Windows and other programs.

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