Users are only concerned with Conficker-style threats and do not consider everyday attacks

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PC users are only concerned with major threats and are apathetic towards everyday threats.

PC users are only concerned with major threats and are apathetic towards everyday threats.

Delivering a speech at the Internet Security Operations & Intelligence (ISOI) event recently in San Diego, California,  K7 Computing CTO Andrew Lee spoke about various recent internet security threats. He also commented on common PC users' apathy towards threats as they tend to focus more towards the well known ones that hit the headlines for inflicting large scale damage across the globe.

Lee claimed that: "Users are often only concerned with the 'big hitter' threats like Conficker, and if they somehow avoid getting infected with those, they become complacent."

He also claimed that there are numerous threats released every day that are just as important as 'the latest media scare'.

“It's very important therefore to keep regularly updated anti-virus and patch the machines to help to prevent infection. Don't just focus on the threat of the day, because you can easily miss the big picture, it's like worrying about not getting swine flu, but forgetting to take precautions against malaria,” said Lee.

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