STAPLES Business Depot

STAPLES Business Depot

March 06, 2007 08:59 ET

Kid-Proof your PC for March School Breaks

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 6, 2007) -

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Most kids don't get an exotic trip during the school breaks in March - but since the alternative may be endless hours of fun and games on the home computer, no one complains. Kid activity online is expected to skyrocket in March say industry experts, and that makes it the most perilous time of year for both security and for a PC break down.

Keeping our kids and teens safe from the wrong Internet sites is a primary concern as they entertain themselves. Furthermore, it may be alarming to know that as many as 10,000 viruses have been launched to date with six new ones generated every day. Indeed, it is estimated that a whopping 1,000 viruses were active in North America in the last 24 hours.

According to the Easy Tech Force - the popular PC rescue team from Staples Canada - as many as 72% of people recently surveyed say they have been a victim of a computer virus which caused varying degrees of damage and destruction to hard drives, data files and disks. The survey also confirmed that during all the various school breaks in March, 27% of kids and teens will be occupying themselves at home, and of those, 93% will have access to a PC. Increased computer activity, of course, will increase the risk of viruses exponentially - and yet, only half (53%) of the households in Canada are currently using the software protection available.

"Even with virus statistics and security concerns as troublesome as they are, we still find that 36% of computer owners who know about protective software, have not yet installed it," says Alessandra Saccal, spokesperson for Staples. "It's often because they need help. Our survey also indicated that 25% of those without the software, would want help installing it. And that's okay. Computer glitches, large and small, is exactly what the Easy Tech Force in the neighborhood is for."

Clean it too

Most PC's get a routine dusting, but over time varying household activity can cause real havoc to operations.

"Accumulated dust, crumbs, pet hair, sticky fingers, cigarette smoke, spilled beverages and more can only lead to a computer that flails, sputters, and eventually grinds to a halt," Saccal said. "So in addition to round-the-clock security and anti-virus protection, every household PC should be cleaned properly at least every six months.

"Being sure all home computers are clean - that means clean content, clean from viruses, and clean of debris - brings a great measure of reassurance to parents. And, by all accounts, it would appear that the month of March is a very good time to do it."

STAPLES Business Depot

STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES ® Business Depot™ and BUREAU EN GROS™. The company has over 13,000 employees serving customers through more than 265 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES ® Business Depot™/BUREAU EN GROS™ is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at www.staples.ca.

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Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,780 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

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