Tettnang, 31 August 2010 – IT security expert Avira conducted a survey of computer users worldwide in July which shows that more than 1 in 3 people admit that “when it comes to security, all websites are equally dangerous, all over the Internet.”

In the survey, which was posed to Avira’s 100 million customers worldwide, a random sampling of users were asked “Where do you suspect is the greatest danger of malware infection on the Internet?” There were 3,325 responses which broke down in the following manner:

  • 12.59% – Browser games (Poker, etc.) are really popular – the danger here is very high
  • 22% – Visitors are exposed to such dangers especially on websites with pornographic content
  • 26.69% – So-called Warez sites, which offer illegal software, are extremely dangerous
  • 4.14% – Big portals are particularly vulnerable, due to their popularity
  • 34.5% – When it comes to security, all websites are equally dangerous, all over the Internet

“On one hand, it’s encouraging to see that over 33 percent of our user base has learned that security threats can come from any website, but it’s also a statement on our society at large when 1 out of every 3 people can’t trust any of the websites they visit,” said Sorin Mustaca, data security expert of Avira GmbH. “Our survey shows that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers they can be exposed to while browsing, and we at Avira are very happy to be able to help our users to stay safe while surfing the Internet.”

Avira survey chart - Web Safety

About Avira
Avira GmbH is a leading global provider of IT security solutions for professional and private use. With over twenty years of experience, the company is one of the pioneers in this field. As a founder member of the “IT Security made in Germany” association (ITSMIG e.V.), Avira has guaranteed that it will only provide IT security products that leave no room for data espionage.

The German IT security expert has its headquarters in Tettnang on Lake Constance and maintains several offices throughout the world. Avira employs around 300 people and its free Avira AntiVir Personal antivirus protection represents a significant contribution towards security and is used by over 100 million private users.

The domestic and international clientele is formed by well known companies listed on the stock exchange, many small and medium-sized companies, as well as educational establishments and government authorities. Apart from protecting the virtual environment, Avira promotes the Auerbach Foundation for greater security in the real world. The Auerbach Foundation supports charitable and social projects, as well as art, culture and science.

Elisabeth Rothbart
PR Manager
Phone: +49 (0) 7542 500 284
Fax: +49 (0) 7542 500 292

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