Spyware becoming ‘pandemic’

Just like flu, avoiding catching a spyware infection is continuing to be a problem for users, according to the latest State of Spyware report issued by anti-spyware specialist Webroot Software.

Just like flu, avoiding catching a spyware infection is continuing to be a problem for users, according to the latest State of Spyware report issued by anti-spyware specialist Webroot Software.

The report suggests spyware is becoming a ‘global pandemic’ with the most malicious types - Trojans, keyloggers and system monitors - continuing to infect online users at alarming rates, monitoring their online behaviour and stealing personal information.

Of the respondents, most of whom are professionals managing the information security compliance initiatives in various corporate
organisations, 98% consider spyware a threat to their organisations and over two-thirds say it’s a serious threat. Meanwhile, 97% are worried that spyware could access employee data, pilfer intellectual property or access company or customer information.

However, many corporations admit they have yet to find a way to effectively protect their information with a committed, enterprise-class anti-spyware solution.

Consumers' fears about identity theft are also causing many to modify their online behaviour. According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports Webwatch, 86% of online consumers have changed their online behaviour because of the fear of identity theft and 30% have reduced their overall use of the internet.

The complete State of Spyware Report is available at www.webroot.com/sosreport. And, given the trends, it probably won’t make much happier reading for security professionals next quarter either!

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