SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

March 29, 2011 08:04 ET

68% Percent of Users Are Unaware of Suspicious Posts on Social Networks, According to New Study by BitDefender

Findings Reveal That 93% of Users Don't Use a Security Solution to Protect Their Social Network Accounts

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative Internet security solutions, announced today the results of a new study which focused on the different aspects of social interaction on social networks. The study also examined the different levels of exposure to security risks social network face when it comes to having knowledge of e-threats targeting these online communities.

Over 2,700 respondents, ranging between the ages of 18 and 65, were surveyed on the types of relationships they had with friends on social networks. On average, participants had 137 online friends -- the majority of these friends being colleagues and ex-colleagues, including those from work and school (83 percent), friends working in the same industry (64 percent) and -- surprisingly -- people they do not know (42 percent).

When it came to spreading security risks on these social networks, less than half of the respondents (43 percent) said they warned other friends in these online communities if they noticed suspicious posts and other activity in their newsfeeds. The majority that admitted to not issuing warnings (68 percent) said they were unaware that the suspicious posts were likely to pose security risks -- many saying they had clicked the on links, therefore unknowingly spreading the e-threats.

"It was interesting to find out the level of active -- or inactive -- involvement when it came to the protection of social network users' accounts. Despite the general awareness about social networks being now a main attraction for cybercriminals, 93 percent of the respondents stated that they either don't need a security solution for Facebook or that they were unaware of the existence of these solutions," said Sabina Datcu, E-Threats Analysis and Communication Specialist and author of the survey.

More details on this survey can be found on www.malwarecity.com.

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