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Quick Bytes: Home user insecurity

By Peter Piazza

Home computers are used to store personal information, such as health records, and to perform sensitive transactions, such as banking. But the security of these computers is weak at best, a new study shows. Almost two-thirds of the 329 users polled have been infected by a virus, and another 18 percent didn't know whether they had been; half the users weren't sure whether they currently were infected. Eighty percent admitted having spyware installed, with an average of 93 components on each computer (the most spyware components found during a scan was 1,059). And 63 percent don't use a firewall. @ More from the America Online and National Cyber Security Alliance Online Safety Study

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