Friday, July 08, 2005

Net users change habits to avoid spyware, survey says
(Computer World)

“Nine out of 10 Internet users have changed their online habits to avoid spyware and other Internet-based threats, according to a study released today.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that an overwhelming majority of Internet users have stopped opening questionable e-mail attachments or have taken other steps to avoid a plague of stealthy, unwanted programs that can disable computers or secretly monitor online activity.

Nearly half said they have stopped visiting particular Web sites that they suspect may deposit unwanted programs on their computers, while 25% said they have stopped downloading music or movies from peer-to-peer networks that may harbor spyware.”

Spyware: The threat of unwanted software programs is changing the way people use the internet (The Pew Internet and American Life Project) [pdf]

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