India ahead of US, Japan in basic computer security: McAfee

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India beats countries like US, Japan and Singapore when it comes to fundamental security, according to reports by security software maker McAfee.
It conducted a global study across 24 nations, analysing data from voluntary scans of an average of 27-28 million PCs per month to determine a global estimate of the number of consumers who have basic security software installed.

Finland had the highest number of 90.3 per cent PCs with a basic security software solution in place, followed by Italy (86.2 per cent) and Germany (85.55 per cent).

Basic security protection is defined as working anti- virus, anti-spyware and firewall technologies.

India ranked 14th on the list with 82.67 per cent, while China ranked 17th (82 per cent), followed by Japan and US at the 19th spot (80.65 per cent) and Singapore at 22nd position (78.25 per cent). The global average stood at 83 per cent.

According to estimates, India had a total installed base of over 60 million PCs at the end of 2011.
Cases of cyberattacks against banks, technology firms, e-stores and government agencies are on the rise and have cost millions of dollars worth of losses, the report said.

However, 17 per cent of the PCs scanned either had no anti-virus installed or the software was installed, but disabled.

Spain (16.3 per cent) topped the list of countries where the PCs scanned did not have a security solution in place, followed by Japan (13.2 per cent) and China (12.9 per cent).

About 10.9 per cent of the PCs scanned in India did not have a security solution, placing India at the 8th spot.

The study suggests often people do not understand that once the trial subscription expires (which came pre-installed with the PC), they are no longer protected.

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