Public encouraged to get safe online and understand security

News by Dan Raywood

Ignorance towards anti-virus could be the cause of security problems.

Ignorance towards anti-virus could be the cause of security problems.


Speaking during its awareness week, managing director of Get Safe Online, Tony Neate claimed that there is a need for the education of people of all ages and instruction on what protection is actually needed.


Neate said: “One of the problems is that computers are so cheap now and if someone has to spend £20-30 on securing it every year they may not. They will spend £3-4000 on a car and they think nothing of spending a few hundred pounds on servicing it and repairs.


“It is about the value and content of the computer, not just financial details but photos and personal information and people have the wrong idea, they say that they cannot afford £50-60 as that is what they think it costs, it is not an excuse not to secure yourself and the value you will get back is huge.


“We need to educate people of all ages, from youngsters to silver surfers. This is not just about technical security but personal security too, it is a learning curve and keeping people aware is the priority.”


Neate claimed that there was an initiative to create awareness and the idea of the week was to push people to be aware of security online. He said: “This is about education and not just for the public but for small to medium businesses too, our research shows that 95 per cent of SMBs have no third party assistance and it is good to see that these people are keen to address these problems.


“I worked for 30 years in the police including stints with the high tech crime unit and SOCA and I am enthusiastic about getting people online. If people lose confidence in going online the internet could demise and that would be terrible as it is such a part of life now as it has great advantages, we just have to educate people about how to use it safely.”


Responding to a previous report by Webroot, where it was revealed that 85 per cent of malware is now distributed through the web, Neate said: “If 85 per cent of malware is coming through the internet, then that means that only 15 per cent of it is protected, and people may not be protected enough and may not have the right anti-virus.


“Most people don't know the difference between anti-virus and anti-spam and they don't update their applications, in fact many might not know what an application is! We have got to explain what people need to do as at the moment they don't know what they need.”



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