Today is Safer Internet Day and as part of the campaign to raise awareness of the many dangers of the Internet Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, has released some malware (including viruses, worms and Trojans) infection statistics for the EU.
In some countries in the EU over 50% of Internet users had malware problems in 2010. But even in the best countries the infection rates are alarming. 22% of German Internet users reported infections and 31% in the UK.
These malware infections resulted in 3% of the EU Internet savvy population suffering financial loss and 4% reported privacy and information loss or abuse.
According to the survey 84% of the participants use security software and tools (including anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall, etc).
Analysis: Malware threats are real and your safety online is paramount. Ensure you are using good anti-virus/anti-malware software, that you have a firewall in place and that your OS and browser are up to dat.