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Updated: Norwegian Internet users exposed to viruses. Private computers in Norway are more vulnerable to viruses than most of their European counterparts. Almost 30 percent were hit last year. An inquiry by the EU’s Eurostat statistic’s department shows 91% of Norwegian users have protection programs on their computer, but at least 28% experienced problems with viruses in 2010. Christian Meyer, director for the ID-theft Project at the Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS), believes that Norwegians are naïve. He is not surprised by the report.

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Updated: Norwegian Internet users exposed to viruses

Published on Tuesday, 8th February, 2011 at 10:18 under the news category, by Nicoleta Madalina-Sincan.
Last Updated on 8th February 2011 at 15:51.

Private computers in Norway are more vulnerable to viruses than most of their European counterparts. Almost 30 percent were hit last year.

A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
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Ignorant

An inquiry by the EU’s Eurostat statistic’s department shows 91% of Norwegian users have protection programs on their computer, but at least 28% experienced problems with viruses in 2010.

Christian Meyer, director for the ID-theft Project at the Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS), believes that Norwegians are naïve. He is not surprised by the report.

“Antivirus programs are not too helpful if Internet users open the door and welcome the problems in. Many do this without understanding what is happening. Awareness and knowledge about the online dangers is essential for data security”, he tells NRK.

Moreover, Norway is more vulnerable than several other European countries. Viruses, worms and the Trojans are the most dangerous threats for uncritical web users, according to Mr Meyer.

“It is often difficult to discover your machine has been infected by one of these if you don’t have the latest program updates designed to protect the computer against them. We know many Norwegian computers are infected without their owners being aware of it,” he says.

6 percent of Norwegians have reported misuse of personal information and credit card fraud as a result of viruses and other computer threats such as phishing.

Growing problem

Today is World Safer Internet Day 2011, focusing this year on children’s virtual lives. The annual event is part of continued efforts towards how to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones amongst children.

Mr Meyer says Norwegian children are more at risk than those in other countries, criticizing their parents of being “naïve regarding their children’s use of the Internet”. The Norwegian government has already put forward a proposal to protect underage Internet users.

“If we do not teach them safe surfing habits, we lead them into a world they are not ready for. For example, Facebook has a 13-year age limit, but this is not enough”.

According to the statistics, Austria is the country with the best data security, where only 14 percent of computers were infected, followed by Ireland (15 percent), Finland (20 percent) and Germany (22 percent). The only European country that beats Norway’s percentage is Bulgaria, with 58 percent.



Published on Tuesday, 8th February, 2011 at 10:18 under the news category, by Nicoleta Madalina-Sincan.
Last updated on 8th February 2011 at 15:51.

This post has the following tags: internet, virus, hackers, dataattack, trojans, eu, eurostat, id-theft, fraud, phishing.





  
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