This survey from @nifty into security software found a surprisingly large number of people paying for their virus protection.
A long time ago I used to use paid-for virus checking, but ever since Microsoft moved into the business I’ve never felt the need for extra protections that don’t do much except permanently slow down the computer. At the office we have Virus Buster which runs every day at 12 noon and would bring slightly older machines to their knees for the following two hours, which is enough to put me off ever voluntarily installing such software.
Q1: Do you have security software installed on your computer?
Q2: Where did you obtain the security software from?
Security software company website
Preinstalled on computer
Part of internet provider’s security service
Bought at physical store
Bought at online store
Q3: Who installed the security software?
Family member installed it
Computer shop staff installed it
Home visit service installed it
Friend installed it
Q4: Which security software are you currently using?
Trend Micros’ Virus Buster
Nifty Security 24
Q5: How long have you been using that particular brand of security software?
Less than a year
One to five years
Five to ten years
More than ten years
Q6: When the security software’s usage rights (subscription, free trial period, etc) expire, what will you do?
Automatic online renewal
Purchase again from official site
Purchase again from online shop
Purchase again from physical store
Q7: What would get you to change your brand of security software?
If it has superior functionally, quality, etc
If it were cheaper
If friend, family advised me to
Too much bother to change
Q8: When selecting a password, which of the following patterns do you often use?
Family member’s birthday
Family member’s name
Own telephone number
Family member’s telephone number
Famous person’s name
Famous person’s birthday
Car registration number
Digit sequence, repeated digit
None of the above
Q9: Which security services would be nice if available?
Prevent me visiting fraud, virus sites
Indicate in search results which does are dangerous
Detect when my personal data has leaked into the internet
Hide harmful advertisements
Permit safe usage of online banking, payment
Prevent me forgetting passwords
Show me on a map where my smartphone is
Limit internet, application usage by my children, grandchildren
Nothing in particular
Between the 22nd of May and the 18th of June 2020 2,241 members of the @nifty monitor group completeda private internet questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.
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