Americans Throw Caution to the Wind When It Comes to Social Networking

Mon Oct 6, 2008 6:01am EDT

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More than one in two (53 percent) Americans are concerned about security
threats when using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and
LinkedIn, yet 64 percent state factors such as viruses or unlawful access
to personal information do not cause them to avoid using these types of
services. The trend was uncovered by a recent survey conducted on behalf
of Internet security and care provider Radialpoint, by Internet research
firm iTracks. The survey, commissioned for Cyber Security Awareness
Month, polled a sample of more than 1,500 respondents across the United
States and identified similar opinions toward other Internet activities
such as banking and shopping.

    - Approximately 61 percent of respondents had security concerns while
banking online, yet 74 percent indicated they would continue banking
online regardless.

    - More than 67 percent of respondents indicated they had security
concerns with shopping online, yet 78 percent of those respondents
continued the activity.

    - When asked about downloading music and videos, 56 percent of
respondents expressed security concerns, and 68 percent of those
respondents indicated they would continue participating in the activity.

    "This is a concerning revelation as online security threats are
constantly evolving and becoming increasingly more sophisticated," said
Hamnett Hill, CEO, Radialpoint. "As October is Cyber Security Awareness
Month, this is an ideal time for home computer users to start being
mindful of their online activities and begin taking the appropriate steps
to secure their systems, rather than continue turning a blind eye to
potential online threats."

    Overall, 85 percent of respondents indicated a security concern with at
least one common online activity including: online banking, shopping
online, downloading music or videos, downloading update files or
applications from pop-up windows, participating in social networking
sites, uploading photos or videos to websites like YouTube and Flickr,
filling out personal information online, using instant messaging services
like Windows Live Messenger or AIM, visiting a website, and opening email
attachments. The biggest concerns expressed by respondents were:

    - Unlawful access to their personal information (77%)

    - Downloading a virus (68%)

    - Being infected with adware (64%)

    "The fact that the majority of people are concerned about online threats
indicates they either don't have confidence in their security software or
their security software is not designed to handle the multitude of
threats on the Internet," said Hill. "The main reason personal computers
become susceptible to online threats is because their security software
effectively blocks some, but not all online dangers. Computer users don't
have to be concerned about common online threats such as viruses,
malware, adware or unlawful access to their personal information if they
have adequate and updated all-in-one protection."

    An all-in-one security solution would include at least five anti-threat
measures including anti-virus, anti-spyware, Internet firewall,
anti-adware and fraud protection. The survey revealed that the majority
of respondents had one or more of these software solutions installed on
their PCs, but that only 43 percent of respondents had all five
installed, indicating 57 percent of American's are not optimally
protected from online security threats.

    Radialpoint security solutions are currently available in the U.S. from
Verizon. For more information on the Verizon Internet Security Suite,
please visit:

    About Radialpoint Security Services

    Radialpoint Security Services (RPS) is a comprehensive home PC security
solution delivered through Radialpoint's Internet Service Provider (ISP)
partners worldwide. RPS provides industry-leading Anti-Virus,
Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Fraud-Protection services at its core, with
additional Parental Controls, PC Optimizer, Pop-Up/Ad Blocker, Privacy
Manager, and Back-up services to complete the suite. Designed for the
everyday user, RPS greatly simplifies the experience of accessing and
using security, which are still the major barriers to consumer protection
online. RPS significantly reduces the burden on user and their PCs by
automating critical malware updates at three hour intervals, and imposing
the minimum impact on computer speed and performance. With a larger base
of better-protected subscribers, Radialpoint's ISP partners enjoy lower
support calls, higher customer satisfaction, positive brand association,
and reduced customer churn. RPS powers the branded security offerings of
world-leading ISPs including Verizon, Virgin Media, AT&T/BellSouth, Bell
Canada, TELUS, Videotron and Bell Aliant.

    About Radialpoint

    Radialpoint is a leading provider of managed Internet security and care
services for Internet service providers (ISPs). Its Value Added Services
(VAS) are currently available to over 20 million broadband subscribers
worldwide. Radialpoint's Services and Managed VAS Platform enable ISPs to
generate new revenue and significantly lower operational costs associated
with supporting and bringing new Internet services to market. Its
customers include Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, TELUS and Videotron in
Canada; AT&T/ BellSouth and Verizon in the US; and, ONO, and Virgin Media
in Europe. Radialpoint is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with offices
in Europe.

    For more information, visit

High Road Communications
Michael Sznajdruk

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