A survey conducted by Steganos has found that many users are woefully unaware of the privacy and security software and settings on their computers.
The survey was conducted in July 2008 among laptop and PC users in the US and U-K. The aim was to find out the levels of awareness regarding privacy and security settings, including the installation of anti-virus, firewall, anti-spare and encryption software; and users' knowledge of the privacy settings in their web browser.
The results show that an alarmingly high proportion of users did not know what software was running on their computers to ensure they had adequate protection from hackers, malware, viruses, 'dirty' websites, and other online threats.
More than one-tenth of respondents (13%) said they did not have any anti-virus software installed on their machines at all, while a further 9% did not know if anti-virus was installed. Almost one-fifth of respondents (19%) did not know if they had firewalls installed.
Three-fifths of the respondents (60%) did not have privacy software installed, and a further quarter (25%) did not know whether they did or not.
When asked if they knew what the privacy settings were on...