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Scepticism on security apps

Consumers lack confidence in the security software they are using, according to research from Trend Micro.

Consumers lack confidence in the security software they are using, according to research from Trend Micro.

Some 51% of users are not confident that their internet security software is protecting their system, the security vendor's Internet Confidence and Safety survey found.

Despite their misgivings, the vast majority of consumers still participate in risky online behaviour, such as online banking, using credit cards to make purchases and downloading freeware/shareware, according to the research.

The survey, which canvassed consumers in Japan, the US, the UK, Germany and France, also found that confidence in internet security is likely to decline in future. While 71% of Japanese respondents said they believed they had not been infected by malware in the last six months, only 24% said they were confident their security software was effectively protecting them. In the US, 51% of respondents said the internet is currently "very safe", however only 32% agreed that it will be so in six months.

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